We’ve learned that more than 2,000 articles from the journals The Auk and The Condor have just been added to the journals’ combined website (aoucospubs.org). Spanning journal issues from 2000 to 2007, the newly available papers are all open-access and cover a diverse range of topics related to bird science.
All Auk and Condor issues from before 2000 continue to be available on the Searchable Ornithological Research Archive (SORA), which is managed by the University of New Mexico (sora.unm.edu). Libraries may also have access to issues from 2000 to the present through BioOne (Auk, Condor).
The Auk and The Condor originated as the journals of the American Ornithologists’ Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society, respectively. In 2014, the two societies re-launched the journals with new mission statements and a division of content areas and began jointly publishing through the newly formed Central Ornithology Publication Office.
Today The Auk: Ornithological Advances, as The Auk is now known, focuses on fundamental research in areas including evolution, systematics, and behavior. The Condor: Ornithological Applications has an applied focus, publishing research relevant to conservation, community and landscape ecology, sociological and economic studies related to birds, and more.
“With our new mission we are publishing more papers that will be useful beyond the typical audience of society members and academic ornithologists,” says Phil Stouffer, editor of The Condor. “We are happy to be able to increase open access so we can reach that audience more directly.”
We’re happy too.
I am a longtime member of the American Ornithologists’ Union, while BirdWatching Managing Editor Matt Mendenhall is a member of the Cooper Ornithological Society. Matt and I sometimes describe the birding enterprise as a stool: With only two legs — backyard birders and avid listers — it’s bound to be wobbly. Ornithologists provide the third leg, and a firm foundation.
Longtime BirdWatching readers know that summaries of surprising and important research from The Auk and The Condor (and other journals) have been finding their way into our magazine for years. We look forward to publishing more. –Chuck Hagner, Editor