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Aims and scope

Avian Research is an open access, peer-reviewed journal publishing high quality research and review articles on all aspects of ornithology from all over the world. It aims to report the latest and most significant progress in ornithology and to encourage exchange of ideas among international ornithologists. As an open access journal, Avian Research provides a unique opportunity to publish high quality contents that will be internationally accessible to any reader at no cost.

Thematic series

Call for papers

Avian Migration
Submission deadline: 31 December 2020

The thematic series will focus on the functional benefits of modern telemetry to the research and conservation of birds, especially of waterbirds, in order to echo the increasing research interests in bird telemetry. Research articles based on the innovative application of avian telemetry devices are welcomed, which may include but not limited to, defining flyway structure and population status; long versus short distance migration; annual survival and timing of mortality; impacts of landscape change, weather and other factors on timing and duration of migration, etc. 

Avian Physiological Ecology
Submission deadline: 30 July 2021

This thematic series will focus on how free-living birds have undergone adaptive changes in their physiology in response to selective pressures imposed by their environment to maximize fitness. We welcome any innovative research articles or updated reviews on aspects of physiological ecology. The coverage includes, but is not limited to: environmental neuroendocrinology, metabolism and thermal biology, comparative physiological ecology, etc. 

Article-processing charges

Avian Research​​​​​​​ is supported by the China Ornithological Society and the Beijing Forestry University.

The publication costs for Avian Research are covered by Beijing Forestry University, so authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge for each article accepted for publication.

Previous volumes

Avian Research was previously published under the name Chinese Birds, Volumes 1-4 of the journal can be found here.

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