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The Auk

A Quarterly Journal of Ornithology

Published by the American Ornithologists' Union

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The Auk and The Auk: Ornithological Advances

For more than 100 years, The Auk has been the official publication of the American Ornithologists' Union and 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. Today, it remains at the top of peer-reviewed journals focusing on birds, with its 2012 impact factor ranked above all others in the field of ornithology.

Beginning in 2014, The Auk became The Auk: Ornithological Advances, an international, scientific journal that focuses on basic ornithological science.  The Auk: Ornithological Advances publishes original research and scholarship in peer-reviewed articles that advance fundamental scientific knowledge in two ways: the increase in basic knowledge of bird species, both living and extinct, and the increase in knowledge of broad biological concepts through studies of bird species. More details are available on the Mission and Scope page. 

The American Ornithologists' Union has teamed up with the Cooper Ornithological Society to redefine their journals and create the Central Ornithology Publication Office (COPO). In 2014, our journal, covering the basic biology of birds, was joined by its companion publication, The Condor: Ornithological Applications, presenting conservation and applied topics related to birds. You can read more about the transition of The Auk and The Condor to the joint publication model in the August 2013 issue of Ornithological Newsletter.

Rapid Publication

The Auk: Ornithological Advances and The Condor: Ornithological Applications are primarily online journals, with articles posted weekly. Posted articles will have a DOI and final page numbers for citation. Regular publication of printed issues will continue on a quarterly basis. Both journals are available on the new journal website at and on BioOne.

Submissions and Instructions for Authors:

To submit an article, please visit our submission portalRead more about submissions and the types of articles published in The Auk: Ornithological Advances on the Submissions page

Full details of the submission instructions are available in the Instruction for Authors, which are also available on our journal's article submission portal

Editors and Editorial Staff

Editor-in-Chief: Mark E. Hauber
Managing Editor: Kathleen Erickson
Book review Editor: R. Todd Engstrom
In Memoriam Editor: Edward H. Burtt, Jr.

Contact information for the Editor-in-Chief and the entire editorial staff is available on the Editorial Staff page.