Is Amytornis an online journal or not?

To: Birding Aus <>
Subject: Is Amytornis an online journal or not?
From: David James <>
Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2011 16:19:18 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Frank,
There seems to be two addresses for Amytornis
This one at Birds Australia seems to work properly
This one on the Birds WA site (which I initially found via search engines) 
seems less functional

--- On Wed, 23/3/11, Frank O'Connor <> wrote:

From: Frank O'Connor <>
Subject: Is Amytornis an online journal or not?
To:  "David James" <>
Received: Wednesday, 23 March, 2011, 9:57 PM


As others have pointed out, Amytornis is online as part of the Birds Australia 
web site.  All volumes will continue to be made available online.  This is one 
of the main reasons that we incorporated the BAWA web site into the national BA 
web site.

To find it, go to the Birds Australia web site (, then 
follow down through About BA, The Organisation, Regional Groups, Western 
Australia.  Or go direct to Western Australia as  (I 
think that the domain redirects to here)  Amytornis is then at 
the top of the WA menu on the right.

The journal is a fully refereed journal published by Birds Australia Western 
Australia.  The frequency of publication depends on the rate of submission of 
articles.  The  purpose of the journal is described below as copied from the 
web site.

I would encourage many of the papers on the recent spate of rarities from Cocos 
/ Christmas and Ashmore to be submitted.  Size is not a problem.  Numbers of 
photos is not a problem.  I am sure that some of the BARC submissions could be 
reformatted as a journal article.  I know that this will be done, and that some 
will be submitted to Australian Field Ornithology (AFO), but please also 
consider Amytornis.  I doubt that AFO would publish 10 articles on the rarities 
seen?  But this would never be a problem for Amytornis, as the birds of 
Christmas and Cocos are a central part of its purpose.  The journal is in its 
fledgling stage, but it has an important place, and it will only survive if 
people support it.

The last time I knew, articles are submitted by emailing them to 
 but I have not been responsible for the WA web site 
and email addresses for a couple of years so it may have changed (e.g. there 
was discussion of 

WESTERN AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ORNITHOLOGYAmytornis is a forum for publication 
of peer-reviewed, scientific articles, notes and annotated lists and opinions 
and letters to the editor, which will appear in the Discussion section. It is 
hoped that through Amytornis, more and more of the considerable amount of grey 
literature and data hidden within the notebooks of naturalists will reach 
publication and thus become accessible to the wider scientific community. 
Articles published in Amytornis have focus on Western Australian ornithology, 
included in this are the Australian Territories of Christmas and Cocos Islands. 
Amytornis is envisaged as a complementary publication to Western Australian 
Bird Notes, the existing well known publication of Birds Australia Western 
Australia, and not as a competitor. 

Although Amytornis has reached the stage of publication, the outlook is still 
and forever changing. As this is the case, we welcome comment from our peers as 
to ways we may improve what we hope will be an informative and widely-read 

Managing Editor
Myles H. M. Menz

Dr Robert A. Davis, Dr Jarrad A. Cousin, Marion Massam, Dr Ryan D. Phillips

Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
Phone : (08) 9386 5694              Email :  


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