Journal information

Journal of Avian Biology publishes 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 published by the Nordic Society Oikos and available from Wiley Online Library and Ingenta. Back issues are available from JSTOR.

Article categories

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. Viewpoint articles can also present new ideas and re-evaluate concepts and hypotheses. An abstract is not required.

Reviews provide an opportunity to summarize existing knowledge within ornithological research, especially within areas where rapid and significant advances are being made. An abstract is required. 

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.

Special issues

Special issues are an important feature of Journal of Avian Biology. They can be used to highlight emerging areas of research within a field or provide a venue for a deeper investigation into existing research topics. They usually contain a combination of novel research, reviews, and commentaries, thus advancing the theory and synthesis behind the topic as well as highlighting new experimental results.

Journal of Avian Biology is inviting authors, especially early career researchers, to submit proposals for special issues. Being a guest editor for a special issue is a great way to gain editorial experience, to strengthen the academic profile and to network with like-minded colleagues. Special issues also have increased visibility through targeted promotion. Guest editors are backed up by the JAB editorial board and receive dedicated support from the editorial office. Proposals for Special Issues can be submitted at any time.

Learn more here.

Open Access

Since 2022, Journal of Avian Biology is a fully Open Access journal. Our publisher, Wiley, has Open Access deals with many countries and researchers affiliated with universities and other research organizations in these countries can publish Open Access in the journal free of charge. The journal also offers waivers and discounts to corresponding authors based in low- and lower middle-income countries. Learn more about OA deals and waivers. The APC for authors that are not covered by agreements or who are not eligible for waivers can be found here

Editorial office

Managing Editor: Dr Michael Tobler, Oikos Editorial Office, Lund University, Sweden. Email: jab[at]

Please direct all correspondence to the managing editor.


Journal Keywords

Behaviour, behavioural ecology, migration, life history, immune response, bird song, ecology, population ecology, predation, breeding, evolution, genetic differentiation, sexual selection, ornithology, bird, avian, evolution, genomic ecology, palaeontology, systematics, conservation, physiology, marine biology, molecular ecology, parasites, disease ecology, phylogeography, metabolism, energetics.


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