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The Wilson Journal of Ornithology



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For more than a century, the Wilson Ornithological Society has published a scholarly journal with form and content readily accessible to both professional and amateur ornithologists. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology is a quarterly publication consisting of major articles based on original studies of birds and short communications that describe observations of particular interest. Each issue also includes reviews of new books on birds and related subjects, as well as ornithological news. Through an endowment from the late George Miksch Sutton, each issue of the Journal includes a full color frontispiece. Each current volume consists of approximately 500 pages. The principal focus of the Journal is the study of living birds, their behavior, ecology, adaptive physiology and conservation.


Latest news about WJO

WOS is pleased to announce the following important changes regarding The Wilson Journal of Ornithology:
  • Council has elected Dr. John Faaborg as Editor, beginning with Volume 130. Effective 1 July 2017, communication should be directed to: John Faaborg, Editor, The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia, 110 Tucker Hall, Columbia, MO 65211-7400 USA; e-mail
  • Effective 1 July 2017, manuscripts to be considered for publication in The Wilson Journal of Ornithology must be submitted through Peer Track at
  • Updated Guidelines for Authors (July 2017)

Although most articles originate from work conducted in the western hemisphere (a large portion of the research on Neotropical birds is published here), the geographic coverage of the journal is global. The Journal is internationally recognized as an important, major journal of ornithology. The Edwards Prize is given annually for the best major article published during the previous year.

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