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On behalf of the American Ornithologists’ Union and Cooper Ornithological Society, we are  thrilled to launch our joint publication effort with a new Auk and Condor that will knock your socks off!
 
We are pleased to announce the new Editor-in-Chief of The Auk: Ornithological Advances- Dr. Mark Hauber, from CUNY-Hunter College.  Mark has a distinguished research career in avian behavioral ecology.  His editorial experience is substantial, as he has served as Associate Editor (or in a similar role) for several journals, including the The Auk, Emu, Behavioral Ecology, Ethology, and Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. He has a very strong interest in guiding The Auk through the forthcoming editorial transition, a commitment to the historical prominence of The Auk and to further enhancing its stature as the preeminent journal of ornithology.  The Auk: Ornithological Advances will focus on publishing the highest caliber work in basic avian biology.  
 
We are also pleased to announce the new Editor-in-Chief of The Condor: Ornithological Applications- Dr. Phil Stouffer, from Louisiana State University.  Phil has an extensive career in avian conservation, working in both North and South America.  He has experience as an associate editor and book review editor.  He will work to establish The Condor: Ornithological Applications as the premier journal in avian conservation and applied work on birds.
 
Both journals will feature insightful synthesis articles, rapid publication of letters and regular length articles.  The new format will be primarily online with weekly posting of articles.  Quarterly print issues will also be available.  The journals will continue to be available in both print and online to members and as subscriptions to libraries, as well as through BioOne and JSTOR subscription services. 
 
The Auk: Ornithological Advances and The Condor: Ornithological Applications will be supported by the Central Ornithology Publication Office (COPO).  The new publication office will offer faster publication and better promotion of our science while savings the two societies money.  The COPO will be lead by a Managing Editor, who will work with other professional staff members to support the authors, editors, and readers of The Auk and The Condor.  A committee of AOU and COS members has conducted a national search to recruit staff and in the near future we will announce the names of the professionals who will work with us to produce our journals.
 
We look forward to receiving your manuscript for inclusion in The Auk: Ornithological Advances or The Condor:  Ornithological Applications in 2014.  During July and early August, manuscripts can be submitted through the existing Scholar One portal and we will be sure that the paper reaches the proper editor.  We are eager to receive manuscripts now for the inaugural issues of our 2014 journals.  During July we will release detailed guidelines for each journal and for submitting manuscripts to our new manuscript flow system, which we will launch in August.  Look for additional information about our new web platform, with enhanced resources for readers.
 
Of course, there are no words to express our gratitude to outgoing Auk and Condor editors Michael Murphy and Michael Patton and their editorial staff.  They have put their hearts and souls into the journals for the past few years and we hope they will enjoy getting their regular lives back. 
 
We will have more details about the new journals at the Chicago meeting in August. Hope to see you there!
 
The new Auk rocks!!!!                               Soar with the new Condor!!!
Susan Haig, President                                Kim Sullivan, President
American Ornithologists’ Union                  Cooper Ornithological Society

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