Amytornis - online bird journal for WA

To: "'Frank O'Connor'" <>, <>
Subject: Amytornis - online bird journal for WA
From: "Alan Stuart" <>
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2010 03:57:14 +1100
Frank, that's interesting.  Hunter Bird Observers Club a couple of years ago
decided to start a refereed journal, named The Whistler, with a focus on
articles about birds in the Hunter Region of NSW.  Copies are sent to
various local, national and international libraries and to all HBOC members.
So far, there have been 3 volumes published and the target frequency is 3-5
volumes every 3 years.  Two editions are planned for 2010. It is somewhat
expensive to publish, but there has been some sponsorship support obtained
which has helped.  

Copies of The Whistler are also available on-line, at HBOC's website (Volume 3 is yet to be uploaded). We also have a member puts
abstracts of all of the articles into the Ornithological World Literature

Non-members of HBOC may submit articles for The Whistler, so long as the
article relates to the Hunter Region.

Alan Stuart

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Frank O'Connor
Sent: Wednesday, 3 March 2010 3:16 AM
Subject: Amytornis - online bird journal for WA

The discussion about AFO possibly being published online is interesting. I 
probably prefer it being printed personally, but this is not a strong 
preference, and if it meant that it continued by being published online 
then I would support this.

In Western Australia, we decided that Birds Australia WA would publish a 
refereed journal named Amytornis. It was going to be printed and sent out 
essentially as an extra edition of WA Bird Notes. But the cost was 
prohibitive, and the suggestion was taken up to publish it online. So far 
one volume has been published, and is available via the BA web site.

Amytornis is to cover articles on the birds of Western Australia, Cocos 
Islands, Christmas Island and Ashmore Reef. It is refereed.

In theory, being online makes it possible to publish one paper at a time, 
rather than wait for a full volume. This hasn't happened yet, but this is 
more a case of the volunteer editors and referees having limited time, and 
especially a lack of papers being submitted, probably because its presence 
has not been widely advertised.

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


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