Submission of Manuscripts
How to submit and article, short communication, book, proceeding, or other publication for review.
Instructions To Authors
Marine Ornithology is published by the Pacific Seabird Group on behalf of a consortium of seabird groups: African, Australasian, Dutch, Japanese, Pacific, and UK. The journal publishes contributed papers, Forum articles (papers on topics of general interest that express a particular viewpoint and may be solicited), and book, website and software reviews, on all aspects of marine ornithology worldwide. Review papers or Commentaries (i.e., short articles contributing new perspectives on existing publications) on important or emerging topics in marine ornithology are encouraged. Contributions dealing with coastal or inland seabirds such as gulls, terns, cormorants, and pelicans will also be considered.
Requirement for original publication:
Contributions must contain original work, conducted by the author, which has not been published, or is not under consideration for publication, elsewhere. Previous publication as part of a thesis or dissertation, presentation at a conference (oral presentation or poster), or publication of an abstract is acceptable.
All contributions must be in English, but may use spelling of any English-speaking country, such as British or US spelling; however, the system used should be consistent throughout the paper.
Submissions should be sent as e-mail attachments. The e-mail should include the title of the paper and the names of the authors. The text and tables should preferably be in MSWord with all lines numbered sequentially from start to finish. If another word processor is used, then an ASCII file of the text should also be submitted. Tables must be numbered in the order in which they are to appear, each on a separate page (see Tables, below). Each figure should also be on a separate page (see Figures, below). Please pay careful attention to the structure and format requirements, below. Papers that do not conform to these may be returned to the author.
Marine Ornithology generally considers submissions up to 30 manuscript pages in length (approximately 7500 words, excluding references). Submissions longer than 30 pages should be accompanied by a justification for the length, and may be returned with a request to shorten. Supplementary information may exceed this length limit and be submitted as separate files to be posted online (see Appendices).
Methods sections for papers reporting on field studies or studies handling live birds or eggs must include an ethics statement confirming institutional approval (with name of institution), permit numbers, and animal care committee certification, as applicable.
Manuscript structure and format:
Title: all caps, centred
Figures include charts and graphs, maps and photographs. They can be submitted embedded at the end of a document, or separately, as .tif, .bmp, .wmf, .eps, .pdf or .jpg files. Once the submission is accepted, high-resolution images will be requested to ensure high-quality reproduction. We welcome colour figures. These will appear in colour at the website, but will be in black-and-white for the printed edition unless the additional charge is paid (see Page charges). Photographs should be of high contrast, and submitted as high-resolution digital files (.jpg, .tif). We encourage the submission of relevant, optional black-and-white photographs that can be used as space-fillers, if the opportunity arises.
Captions for figures must be listed on a separate page, numbered in the order in which they are mentioned in the manuscript. Figure captions begin with bold letters denoting the figure number (e.g., Fig. 1.)
Tables typically present summary data or outcomes of analyses. Full data sets, unless they are small, should be presented as online appendices rather than as tables in the manuscript. Tables should be designed so that they will fit on a single page of the journal in the normal portrait orientation. Tables are numbered in sequence of their mention in the text and "TABLE 1" is indicated centered, all caps, on a separate line preceding the title. Titles should be brief and descriptive of the overall content. Variables appearing in the table headings or left-hand column, as well as units and significance levels, should not be part of the table title. All information needed to understand the content of cells should appear in the table headings and left-hand column, including units and variables. Spanner headings are a useful way to indicate information common to more than one column. Rows spanning the columns can be used in the table field to indicate divisions in the table by categories. Data should be arranged so that columns generally present comparable amounts. Footnotes to the table should be indicated by superscripted letters (a, b, c, etc.) on the title or at an appropriate place in the field and defined below the table. Footnotes should be in order of appearance in the table (from left to right, top to bottom.) Footnotes are useful for indicating significance level, exceptions, methodological details, etc.
Additional information, including large tables and data sets, may be published as appendices. Appendices are made available on the website only, with a link from the table of contents. The author's unedited file is converted to PDF for online publication. Appendices should be numbered in order of their mention in the manuscript (e.g., "Appendix 1, available on the website"). The appendix number (e.g., "Appendix 1") should be indicated at the beginning of each file.
References should be listed at the end of the paper in alphabetical order of the first author's name. Authors should ensure that they are written in the style used in Marine Ornithology. Use in-text references judiciously; only one or two citations are necessary to support well-established concepts such as the use of seabirds as ecological indicators or the effects of introduced predators on seabird populations; more may be required in a Discussion to support an author's particular interpretation of results.
FÉRET, J.-B. & ASNER, G.P. 2014. Microtopographic controls on lowland Amazonian canopy diversity from imaging spectroscopy. Ecological Applications 24: 1297-1310. doi:10.1890/13-1896.1
HAMMOND, R. L., CRAMPTON, L. H. & FOSTER, J. T. 2015. Breeding biology of two endangered forest birds on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. The Condor 117: 31-40. doi:10.1650/CONDOR-14-75.1
All journal names are written out in full and italicized. Use a digital object identifier (doi) whenever available. A doi is persistent and does not change if the URL does; the doi is normally available on the first page of a journal article.
CAMPBELL, R.W., DAWE, N.K., McTAGGART-COWAN, I., COOPER, J.M., KAISER, G.W. & McNALL, M.C.E. 1990. The Birds of British Columbia. Vol. 1 - Nonpasserines (Introduction, Loons Through Waterfowl). Victoria, BC: Royal British Columbia Museum.
Chapter or section of book:
CLOBERT, J. & LEBRETON, J.-D. 1991. Estimation of demographic parameters in bird populations. In: PERRINS, C.M., LEBRETON, J.-D. & HIRONS, G.J.M. (Eds.) Bird Population Studies: Relevance to Conservation and Management. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
KINLAN, B. P., ZIPKIN, E. F., O'CONNELL, A. F. & CALDOW, C. 2012. Statistical analyses to support guidelines for marine avian sampling: final report. OCS Study BOEM 2012-101. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 158. Herndon, VA: US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Office of Renewable Energy Programs.
STRICKLAND, D. & OUELLET, H. 2011. Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis). In: POOLE, A. (Ed.) The Birds of North America Online. Ithaca, NY: Cornell Lab of Ornithology. [Available online at: http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/040. Accessed 28 May 2015]. doi:10.2173/bna.40.
Threats to birds [Online]. Carlton, Victoria, Australia: BirdLife Australia. [Available online at: http://birdlife.org.au/conservation/science/threats-to-birds. Accessed 28 May 2015].
DAVIS, M. B. 1999. Reproductive success, status and viability of American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus). MSc thesis. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina State University.
On first mention in the abstract and in the body of the manuscript, species should be given by English-language common name directly followed by scientific name (no parentheses or comma), e.g., Sooty Shearwater Ardenna griseus. Species names should follow the IOC World Bird List (Gill, F. & Donsker, D. [Eds.] 2015. IOC World Bird List (v 5.4). doi: 10.14344/IOC.ML.5.4. http:// www.worldbirdnames.org/); another international source may be used but should be named in the Methods, particularly for species where taxonomy is currently in flux. English names of species should be capitalized (e.g., White-chinned Petrel) but not the name of a group of species (e.g., petrels). Scientific names of genera and species — but not family names — should be italicized. Trinomials should be used only when accurately known and essential to the text. After first mention, only the English common name need be used.
The copy-edited manuscript, followed by page proofs, will be sent to the corresponding author and must be carefully checked and returned within five days of receipt. Because papers are available for download from the website free of charge, reprints are not supplied.
As of 1 January 2016, a contribution of US$40/printed page for papers and short communications accepted is requested from authors who have institutional funds or grants that cover publication costs. If pages are printed in colour, a non-waivable charge of US$100/page is required (no charge is levied for colour figures published on the website). If the contributor is already paying the $40 page charge, colour will be included for an extra $60/page. Additional charges may be requested if figures have to be redrawn. Please discuss any requests to waive page charges with the Editor- in-Chief before the accepted manuscript is sent to the copy editor.
All material, except book reviews, should be submitted to:
Reviews, and books, monographs and proceedings for review should be sent to:
Book Review Editor
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