Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Submitted by Johan on 23 December 2014.

Above you can see a selction of the many great photos submitted by our authors

Journal of Avian Biology wish all its readers, authors, reviewers and editors a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season. We hope that you all get some well-deserved rest together with family and friends.

2014 has been a great year and it is all thanks to you. Our authors continue to submit exciting research papers to us and we are very much looking forward to see what fascinating findings 2015 will bring. A very special thanks goes out to all our reviewers – you are the foundation of scientific publishing and we are very grateful for all the time you spend safeguarding the scientific quality of our journal!

We have a lot of exciting changes lined up for 2015. The biggest change is that we will stop printing and become an online only journal. This will help us to focus our efforts in bringing you the best ornithological research in an easily accessible way. We have already updated our website to make it more user friendly and released our own iPad app, and more things will come in the future. At the same time as we drop the print, we will also lower the fee for publishing Open Access considerably (to $2000). We see an increasing interest in Open Access and we hope that the lower fee will allow more of you to publish your research this way. It will of course still be free to publish papers in JAB the traditional way. We do also see an increasing interest in making data freely available. To facilitate this we have started a collaboration with Dryad and we do now offer all our authors to deposit data in their repository free of charge.

These are just a few of the recent and future changes to the journal. For the latest news stayed tuned here and on our social media channels.

Thanks again for this year and we look forward to another great year together with you, filled with the best ornithological research.

Johan Nilsson

Managing editor, Journal of Avian Biology