JAB goes Open Access!

Journal of Avian Biology will become an Open Access journal 1 January 2022

We are excited to share the news that Journal of Avian Biology will become an Open Access journal 1 January 2022. This means that all papers will be freely accessible for anyone to read and share, directly upon publication. Authors and readers will be able to share articles with anyone, on any platform and via any communication channel. Open Access increases visibility and helps research reach a larger audience ­– which generally leads to more downloads and citations. In addition, all articles published from 2000 and onwards will be made free for anyone to read. We are convinced that Open Access offers many advantages over traditional subscription publishing and that the free and unlimited access to JAB’s research papers will strengthen the journal.



The publishing landscape is rapidly changing. As a journal, we need to adapt to these changes, to make sure that our journal can continue to thrive and deliver the very best ornithological research to readers across the globe. For a long time, the publishing of JAB has been heavily subsidised by the journal’s owner, the Nordic Society Oikos (NSO). This model worked well when the publishing landscape was stable, and other journals were able to attract enough subscription income to provide support for the full journal portfolio. Now, when more and more funders and countries mandate Open Access, increased pressure and uncertainty is placed on the traditional subscription system. To ensure the long-term survival of all NSO’s journals, and to enable open and freely accessible research, the board of NSO, has decided to move JAB to Open Access 1 January 2022. The submission site will change already 15th July 2021.

Although there are many advantages of Open Access, there are also potential concerns. When you move to a system with Article Processing Charges (APCs), you also risk building new barriers for some authors. We will do our very best to minimise the effects of this. As part of this, we will be able to waive the APCs for a limited number of authors (the criteria for waivers are to be decided by the EiCs). In addition to this, the poorest countries in the world will have their APCs waived or reduced by 50% through the research4life initiative. There are also many transitional agreements in place with our publisher Wiley, allowing authors to publish Open Access with no direct cost. Almost half of JABs authors are currently covered by these agreements and the number is increasing all the time. You can find a list of current agreements here:



The move to Open Access will not affect the editorial process – the scientific evaluation of manuscripts is, and will remain, completely independent of our publication model. You can rest assured that JAB will continue to bring you the very best ornithological research also in the future, the only difference is that it will be fully open for anyone to read.



Our submission system will be changed on 15 July. Submissions after this date will be charged an APC if accepted. In many cases this fee is covered by the authors university or by their funders. A full list of publishing agreements can be found here:


Authors from the poorest countries in the world will have their APC waived or reduced by 50% a list of eligible countries can be found here:


Authors without access to these agreements will be charged $2500 / £1700 / €2000. Revisions will not be affected if the original submission was submitted before 15 July