American Ornithological Society

About the American Ornithological Society (formerly the American Ornithologists' Union) The mission of the American Ornithological Society is to advance the scientific understanding of birds, to enrich ornithology as a profession, and to promote a rigorous scientific basis for the conservation of birds. The American Ornithological Society publishes a number of professional journals, including The Auk and Ornithological Monographs. For more than 100 years, The Auk has published original reports on the biology of birds. In 2009, The Auk was honored as one of the 100 most influential journals of biology and medicine over the past 100 years. As one of the foremost journals in ornithology, The Auk publishes innovative empirical and theoretical findings. Topics of articles appearing in The Auk include the documentation, analysis, and interpretation of laboratory and field studies, theoretical or methodological developments, and reviews of information or ideas. Authors are encouraged to consider the relevance of their conclusions to general concepts and theories and to taxa in addition to birds. Along with research articles, The Auk also includes Perspectives that are invited by the Editor, Commentaries, Letters to The Auk and reviews of recently released books that are of significance to ornithologists selected by the Book Review Editor. The Ornithological Monographs series, published by the AOS, has been established for major papers and presentation too long for inclusion in the Society's journal, The Auk. Manuscripts for Ornithological Monographs are 50–300 typescript pages, and may deal with a single topic or multi-faceted study (such as a dissertation), or symposia papers from recent ornithological meetings.


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For more information about the AOS or its publications, please visit the American Ornithological Society website.