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New publication plan for the Auk and the Condor

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Dear members of the AOU and COS,


We are thrilled to announce that this week the AOU Council and COS Board of Directors approved the publication plan developed by the AOU-COS joint publications task force. We want to thank Tom Martin for his leadership in developing the plan. Highlights of the plan are presented below.


The AOU and COS will cooperate in establishing, overseeing and funding a central publication office. The office will have a managing editor, copy editor and editorial assistants to handle manuscript submissions and processing, copy editing, and coordinate composition, hosting, subscription management and printing services. By cooperating on this joint venture we expect to have greater control over the quality of our publications, take advantage of emerging technologies and reduce publication costs.


Each journal will have an independent editor-in-chief, two associate editors and an editorial board. One journal will focus on basic research and the other will focus on applied research. On the advice of publishers, we will retain the names The Auk and The Condor but add a more descriptive name after a colon. Both journals will contain relatively short letters, regular length articles, occasional longer articles and perspectives. Our plan is to provide authors with decisions in one week for letters and within six weeks for longer articles. Our goal is to publish papers online within six months of submission. Although the focus of the two journals will differ, we will be looking for innovative, high quality papers for both journals and expect the journals to have similar impact factors following the example of Ecology and Ecological Applications.


Both The Auk and The Condor will be primarily online publications. Papers will be published as soon as the composed version is available. Electronic and print subscriptions will be available to institutions and both journals will continue to be available through JSTOR and BioOne. Quarterly issues very similar to those currently produced will be available for purchase by members for approximately $50/year/journal. One difference is that the print version will be produced in black and white while the online version will have color images.


The new format for The Auk and The Condor will start with the 2014 volume.


We believe that this new publication model is the best option for strengthening our journals and our societies. We invite everyone to submit their high quality avian research to these two journals.




Kim Sullivan

President Cooper Ornithological Society




Susan Haig

President American Ornithologists’ Union

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