Stephen Debus, editor of Australian Field Ornithology, says:
In response to the thread about why publish in a 'magazine' when a chatline
like Birding-Aus might do, the answer is that AFO is not just a magazine,
it's an ornithological journal and as such is a permanent record of
ornithological knowledge, archived and indexed as part of the
ever-increasing (and necessary) fund of information that can be used for,
e.g., conservation purposes. A comparison of the calibre of material in
AFO or the other amateur journals with Birding-Aus would show why the
journals are necessary. Ornithological knowledge is not static; like any
other field of science, it's constantly growing.
AFO would welcome annotated lists of ornithological merit; we just haven't
received many in recent times. And we do welcome studies or short notes
from amateurs, if they contain new knowledge about birds (e.g. by
referring to HANZAB to see if the information is new and significant).
I've hardly ever rejected anything, but maybe some other (past?) editor(s)
of AFO or other amateur or regional journals may have been a bit tougher.
The new AFO editor for 'bush birds' and general ecology, Peter
Higgins (HANZAB editor), will be right on the ball as regards the
significance of submissions in his subject area.
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