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Rebecca Heisman (AOS Staff)

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  1. The ad hoc AOS Publications Futures Committee, chaired by Steve Beissinger, has spent the past six months reviewing potential strategies for how AOS’s publications program can best respond to the revolutionary changes underway in scientific publishing. Now they are requesting input from the ornithological community on the recommendations they’ve developed, especially regarding the names of AOS journals. Please take a few minutes to read Dr. Beissinger’s blog post about the committee’s work, their newly released report, and the pros and cons of changing the journals’ names, then take the short fifteen-question survey linked in the blog post. The survey will be open until February 15.
  2. Registration and the call for abstracts are now open for this summer's North American Ornithological Conference in Puerto Rico! This meeting is co-hosted by ten ornithological societies and organizations, including the American Ornithological Society, Wilson Ornithological Society, Society of Canadian Ornithologists, and BirdsCarribean, and is expected to attract 1700+ attendees. Registration: https://naocbirds.org/registration/ Call for abstracts: https://naocbirds.org/call-for-abstracts/
  3. AOS received the following message from the National Association for Environmental Education and wanted to pass it along for anyone that's interested: NAEE is all about connecting people and environment via Environmental Education journal We are planning future journals with biodiversity and partnerships as a focus - we would really want to include outreach/ research / advocacy work of AFO and AOS Hoping you can contribute an overview article- Please find below our guidelines for submitting an article Deadline February 1st Word count 800 words per page, suggest 2 pages We are looking for case studies including some quotes from participants if possible. For examples of our journals, please see here http://naee.org.uk/ee-journal/ Our curriculum guides are here http://naee.org.uk/latest-report-from-naee/ Document files • Articles should be provided in Microsoft Word; arial font; 10 point; single spacing. • Documents should be clearly named using a versioning system that includes a brief title and the initials of the author. • The article must include the name of the author at the start • A short biography of the author should be included at the end, including the name of the organization they represent and a contact email and/or web address. Photographs/images • Photos must be sent as separate attachments. They should be high-resolution image files (JPEGs or similar); for a 7cm x 5cm printed picture, the original digital image needs to be at least 3MB. • The photograph files need to be clearly named using the same versioning system as the whole document • The suggested location of photographs should be indicated within the article, using square brackets. • Captions must be provided for photos/images; names for credit must also be included• All permissions for photograph must have been agreed BEFORE submission to the journal. Responsibility for issues of data protection with regard to photographs (and article text) lies with the author and must meet the latest legal Data Protection standards. • The author is responsible for informing the journal of any restrictions on use of photographs for the journal or its other outputs in writing
  4. The Katma Publication Award recognizes papers proposing ideas or testing theories that replace current dogma or settled opinion and that could change the course of thinking about the biology of birds. Papers may also include those that propose a largely untested idea or those that develop and advance it. The award may be given to research articles, short communications, or commentaries (including editorials and reviews) of any length published in any scientific venue within the two preceding years. Nominations are due 13 December 2019. The award consists of a $2500 prize plus a certificate and is announced at AOS’s annual meeting. See details, including nomination instructions, on the AOS website: https://americanornithology.org/awards-grants/publication-awards/katma-award/
  5. The American Ornithological Society is currently conducting a detailed survey of our members and of the broader ornithological community to get a better sense of how well we’re doing at serving you and where we could improve. \Whether you’re a current member of AOS, you’ve let your membership lapse, or you’ve never been a member, will you take a few minutes to fill out our survey and help us better understand your needs and what you’re looking for from a professional society? The survey should take approximately ten minutes to complete, and as a thank you for your time, you can enter a drawing to receive one year of AOS membership for free. We hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to provide your input and help us in our mission to advance the scientific study and conservation of birds - thank you! Click here to begin the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AOS2019survey
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