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Welcome to the first Auk and Condor joint newsletter




Website    Recently Published Articles    List of Issues    News   About the Journals   S.gif November 2014 

Welcome to the first Auk and Condor joint newsletter.  


The Joint Newsletter for The Auk: Ornithological Advances andThe Condor: Ornithological Applications contains article highlights of recently published articles (open access), news and announcements, messages from the Editors, and useful links. The newsletter will be sent once every 2 to 3 months.  


Both journals have undergone many changes, including weekly online final publication, refocus of the research covered in each journal, a new editorial and management team, redesign of articles and covers, a joint Journal website at aoucospubs.org, and a joint publications office--the Central Ornithology Publications Office (COPO) at aoucospubs@gmail.com.


The Auk: Ornithological Advances is an international, peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research and scholarship advancing the fundamental scientific knowledge of bird species and broad biological concepts (e.g., ecology, evolution, behavior, physiology, genetics)through studies of bird species. Articles often introduce or employ innovative empirical and theoretical approaches and analyses.  



The Condor: Ornithological Applications is an international, peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research, syntheses, and assessments that address ornithological applications in two ways: the application of scientific theory and methods to the conservation, management, and ecology of birds; and the application of ornithological knowledge to conservation and management policy and other issues of importance to society. The journal aims to reach both research ornithologists and practitioners.   13.jpg


You are receiving this newsletter because you are an AOU or COS member or registered as an author or referee with The Auk and/or The Condor. Each issue of the newsletter will include a link to unsubscribe at the bottom of the newsletter.      


We hope that you enjoy this first Auk and Condor joint newsletter.


Mark E. Hauber

Auk Editor-in-Chief

Philip C Stouffer

Condor Editor-in-Chief

Faster Publication Times

Why You Should Publish in The Auk and The Condor

We are society-based journals, where the benefits of the long history of taxon-specific articles and the strong commitment of fellow ornithologists to read our journals represent some of the best-matched audiences for your articles.
     Also, the journal serves to benefit both the AOU and COS, which are dedicated to advancing ornithological research, education, and conservation, including strong commitment for student research support and career development.
    The online published article is the final article of record, with color images and graphs, page numbers, and full citation.

Acceptance to Publication Time Similar to PLOS ONE

During 2014, Auk and Condor averaged 8-10 weeks from Acceptance to Publication, while continuing their rigorous peer-review process. Both journals publish on a weekly schedule.Auk and Condor continue to provide additional benefits: professional copyediting, figure editing, and foreign language abstract translation. Submit your papers athttp://www.editorialmanager.com/auk/default.asp orhttp://www.editorialmanager.com/condor/default.asp  


If your article falls outside the scope of one of the journals but within the other, we provide a one-click mechanism to transfer your manuscript between The Auk and The Condor.


Recent Articles That Are Open Access

Two Papers on Lead Poisoning in Birds

This review by Haig et al. and and accompanying Perspective by Epps in The Condor outline the deadly effects on birds and mammals, including humans, of eating animals shot with lead ammunition. Although shifting to non-lead alternatives is a complex technical, economic, and social problem, the analysis suggests that major reductions in exposure of wildlife and people to lead bullet fragments are achievable, particularly through outreach and incentive programs.



Using a combination of ground counts and satellite imagery, Lynch and LaRue report in The Auk a breeding population of (Pygoscelis adeliae) that is 53% larger (3.79 million breeding pairs) than the last estimate in 1993. Declines on the Antarctic Peninsula are more than offset by increases in East Antarctica.


Larger Clutches for Greater Sage-Grouse

According to a study by Blomberg et al. in The Auk, early clutch dates lead to larger clutches for Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus).


Legacy Effects of Habitat Degradation by Lesser Snow Geese on Nesting Savannah Sparrows


Increased population of Lesser Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens caerulescens) has led to overgrazing and habitat degradation at their Arctic and sub-Arctic breeding grounds. Peterson et al. report in The Condor that this has led to an ~80% decline in Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) nesting occurrence over 36 years. See photos from 1984 (top), 1997 (middle), 2011 (bottom).


Reviving Common Standards in Point-Count Surveys 
Matsuoka et al. in The Condor revisit and comment on the need for wider use of common standards for point-count surveys 
to facilitate data sharing and cross-study analyses.   


Diversity in the Lark Sparrow Suggests Discontinuous Clinal Variation Across Breeding Regions


This study of genetic and morphological variation in Lark Sparrows (Chondestes grammacus) by Ross and Bouzat in The Auk revealed subtle ripples between Western and Eastern subspecies, indicating divergent evolutionary histories. 



In Southern Africa, Cape Gannets (Morus capensis) must find inconspicuous and patchily distributed fish. Thiebault and colleagues reported in The Auk using GPS devices and video cameras directly attached to the birds to observe that Cape Gannets interacted with their conspecifics while searching for prey. When crossing the trajectory of other gannets, foragers often adjusted their direction of flight, thereby finding food faster.


Nest predation is the single most severe cause of reproductive failure by birds. It is especially curious then how birds, including White-rumped 5.jpgSandpipers (Calidris fuscicollis), that nest on the ground, in the open, and in the high arctic's never-ending summer days, are able to keep their nest safe for 3 weeks. New research reported in The Auk by McKinnon and colleagues point to lemmings for answers: In years when these arctic rodents are common, nest predation rates are low, and when lemmings are sparse, most every bird egg may be eaten before it hatches.
  New Volume in Studies in Avian Biology Series 6.jpg

The latest volume in the series Studies in Avian Biology has been published by the Cooper Ornithological Society at CRC Press. Four more volumes are in the works for 2015.

Two New Ornithological Monographs


Fifield and co-authors present results of a tracking study of Northern Gannets (Morus bassanus) across almost all of their North American breeding range and from multiple years.

By piecing together various parts of the winter ecology of this species, Wunderle and co-authors have provided a much-needed example of what Kirtland's Warblers (Setophaga kirtlandii) do on the wintering grounds. 


In This Issue


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Most-Read Articles Bird-Building Collisions Radar Analysis of Migration 55th Supplement to the Check-List of North American Birds Redefining Productive Success in Songbirds A Cryptic New Species of Thrush Implications of a New  Tawny Morph The Early Bird Gets the Carcass Geographic Variation in the Songs of Common Yellowthroats


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