Bird Study

The Journal of the British Trust for Ornithology

Editor: Dr Ian Hartley, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YQ, UK           Editorial Board

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Aims and scope

Bird Study publishes high quality papers relevant to the sphere of interest of the British Trust for Ornithology: broadly, field ornithology, especially related to evidence-based bird conservation.  Papers are especially welcome on: patterns of distribution and abundance, movements, habitat preferences, developing field census methods, ringing and other techniques for marking and tracking birds.

Bird Study concentrates on research concerning bird species that occur in the Western Palearctic. This includes research on their biology outside of the Western Palearctic, for example on wintering grounds in Africa. Bird Study also welcomes papers from any part of the world if they are of general interest to the broad areas of investigation outlined above.

The following types of articles are published:
Original research papers (any length), Short original research papers (less than 2500 words), Scientific reviews, Forum articles covering general ornithological issues, including non-scientific ones, short feedback articles that make scientific criticisms of papers published recently in the Journal. 

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Bird Study is published four times a year (February, May, August, November).

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Editor and Editorial Board

Editor: Dr Ian R. Hartley
Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YQ UK

Editorial Board: Arjun Amar University of Cape Town, South Africa; Mattia Brambilla Fondazione Lombardia per l'Ambiente, Italy; Richard Broughton, CEH, Wallingford, UK; Andre Dhondt Cornell University, USA; Dan Chamberlain University of Turin, Italy; Jenny Gill University of East Anglia, UK; Anne Goodenough University of Gloucestershire, UK; Rhys Green Cambridge University & RSPB, UK; Martin Gruebler Swiss Ornithological Institute, Sempach, Switzerland; Matthieu Guillemain ONCFS, Arles, France; Ian Henderson BTO, UK; Shelley Hinsley CEH, Wallingford, UK; John Mallord RSPB, UK; Stuart Newson BTO, UK; John Quinn, University College Cork, Ireland; Juan Carlos Senar Zoology Museum, Barcelona, Spain; Phil Whitfield Natural Research, Scotland.

Submission of manuscripts

Bird Study will accept submissions only through the web site

Submissions should conform to the guidelines which are found in the Instructions & Forms section on the opening page of that web site or:
General author guidelines                           Table guidelines                          Figure guidelines

General enquiries about the submission process and about the suitability of subject matter for inclusion in Bird Study can be sent to the Editor, Dr Ian Hartley, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YQ, UK.


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