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Report from COS President Kim Sullivan - May 2013

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Dear COS Members,

It has been a busy year for the COS and I’d like to update you on all that is happening.


Annual Meetings:
We will meet with the AOU in Chicago August 14-17,2013 at the Field Museum and Palmer House Hotel. This is shaping up to be an exciting meeting with over 500 presentations and posters. I hope to see you there. http://fieldmuseum.org/explore/aoucos-2013/american-ornithologists%E2%80%99-unioncooper-ornithological-society-2013


In 2014 we meet with the AOU and SCO at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado September 24-27. This is a lovely location and numerous elk should be seen and heard.


We have offers to host the annual meeting for the AOU and COS in 2015 and for the NAOC-VI in 2016. The locations and hosts will be announced soon.


We are currently looking at potential sites for 2017 and 2018 so if you would like to host a meeting, contact our President-elect, Frank Moore Frank.Moore@usm.edu.


The meetings task force headed by Abby Powell prepared a draft report looking at making joint meetings more efficient and effective. We will be trying out one of the recommendations this year by providing written feedback for students competing for presentation awards. This effort is being headed by Anna Chalfoun.


The Condor:
Our excellent editor, Michael Patten will be stepping down this summer and we are thrilled to welcome Phillip Stouffer as our new editor of The Condor. Phillip Stouffer has a long history of working in avian conservation in the US and in Brazil. He also has extensive experience as an associate editor of The Auk. Frank Moore is stepping down as Chair of the Publications Committee to serve as President in August. The new Publications Chair, Jeff Walters jrwalt@vt.edu, will be working closely with Phillip Stouffer and the joint publications office in establishing the new publication model. The committee welcomes input from members concerning our journal.


The COS Board of Directors and AOU Council voted to adopt the recommendations of the Publications Task Force headed by Tom Martin.

  • The Condor: Ornithological Applications will focus on conservation and applied research. The Auk: Ornithological Advances will focus on basic research. To increase efficiency, both journals will share a publications office headed by a full time managing editor. Each journal will have an independent editor, associate editors and editorial board.
  • The new publication model will focus on rapid publication in an online format. The Condor: Ornithological Applications will feature longer synthesis papers, short letters and regular length papers. All COS members will have online access to the journal and the option of purchasing quarterly printed issues. Life members will have online access and may request complimentary printed copies. Institutional subscriptions will be available and The Condor: Ornithological Applications will continue to be available through BioOne and JSTOR.
  • Bonnie Bowen is leading the effort to establish a publications office and hire a managing editor (currently reviewing applications). During the transition process authors should continue to submit manuscripts through Scholar One http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ucpress-cond. I am excited about the new publication model and encourage all members to consider submitting their best work to our journal.

Studies in Avian Biology
In addition to a journal, The COS also publishes a book series, Studies in Avian Biology. http://www.ucpress.edu/series.php?ser=sab. This winter UC Press decided to discontinue publishing the series. The SAB editor, Brett Sandercock, is currently negotiating with a new publisher that can provide better technical support for the series. I expect to announce a new publisher soon. Brett Sandercock is accepting proposals for SAB volumes bsanderc@ksu.edu.


COS Website
One of the recommendations of the Efficiency Task Force chaired by Bonnie Bowen was for the COS and AOU to develop new web sites using a common platform. Carla Cicero is the COS representative on the Joint Web Site Committee and the committee is currently drafting a RFP to design the site. I look forward to having a much improved and more functional web site for our members.


Board of Director Elections
I want to encourage everyone to vote in the current election for Board of Directors of the COS. These individuals make the decisions about our publications and meetings, elect our officers and decide how your dues are spent. So vote by June 7th! Biographies for nominees to serve in 2013-2016 are published in The Condor Vol. 115, No. 2 (May 2013), pp. 448-449 and at http://www.cooper.org/whats_new.htm

You will need your member ID to vote; you should have received an email from OSNA Member Services with your member ID and the link to the ballot.


The Future of COS
The Cooper Ornithological Society is a vibrant scientific society. In order to better support scientific research on birds, enhance our publications, and make better use of members’ contributions, we have decided to cooperate with the AOU on a joint publications office, a common platform for our websites and to meet with the AOU for the next several years. Other ornithological societies have been invited to join the joint publications office, make use of the common web platform and share in the costs of these endeavors. The COS will remain an independent scientific society with a long and rich history in North American ornithology.


I look forward to seeing everyone in Chicago,


Kim Sullivan
President, Cooper Ornithological Society

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