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Journal of Avian Biology publish empirical and theoretical research in all areas of ornithology, with an emphasis on behavioural ecology, evolution and conservation.

Aims and Scope

Since its inception in 1970 by the Scandinavian Ornithologists´ Union, the journal Ornis Scandinavica gradually became a truly international publication attracting subscribers and contributors from all over the world. To endorse this global perspective the journal´s name was changed to "Journal of Avian Biology" in 1994. Articles are published in 12 issues per year.

Journal of Avian Biology publishes empirical and theoretical research in all areas of ornithology, with an emphasis on behavioural ecology, evolution and conservation. Preferably, papers should test hypotheses or explore new grounds. Purely descriptive studies are accepted only when they contain important information that give rise to novel questions and/or open up new grounds.


Journal of Avian Biology is available for subscribers from Wiley Online Library and Ingenta. Back issues are available from JSTOR.

Papers are published under five main headings:

Viewpoint Articles are short papers (max 5 printed pages; about 4500 words) that are intended for discussion or comments on papers concerning recent issues. Authors are encouraged to be provocative and argue their own views on controversial issues. Point-of-View is also open for communication of new ideas and re-evaluations. An abstract is not required.

Reviews provide an opportunity to summarize existing knowledge within ornitholigcal research, especially within areas where rapid and significant advances are being made. An abstract is required. At the moment, review articles are available free for anyone to access and read.

Letters are short papers (max 5 printed pages; about 5500 words), ideally presenting new and exciting results. Letters will be given priority, whenever possible, in the publication queue. Contributions should be as concise as possible. An abstract is required.

Research Articles are normal full length papers, that make up the main part of each issue. Articles focus on empirical and theoretical research in all areas of ornithology, with an emphasis on ecology, behaviour, conservation and evolution. An abstract is required.

Short Communications are short contributions (max 5 printed pages; about 4500 words) that present biologically interesting findings within ornithology and notes on methodology and equipment. An abstract is required.


Editorial office

Managing Editor: Dr Johan Nilsson, Oikos Editorial Office, Lund University, Sweden. Email: jab [at] oikosoffice [dot] lu [dot] se

All correspondence should be addressed to the Managing Editor, except questions concerning subscriptions and distribution, which should be directed to Wiley-Blackwell.


Behaviour, behavioural ecology, migration, life history, immune response, bird song, ecology, population ecology, predation, breeding, evolution, phylogeny, genetic differentiation, sexual selection, ornithology, bird, avian, evolution, genetics, palaeontology, systematics, conservation, physiology

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