Can someone please define for me the difference between a magazine and a
journal? Are Wingspan and The Bird Observer journals too?
And what is meant by "annotated lists of ornithological merit"?
> -----Original Message-----
> On Behalf Of
> Margaret Cameron
> Sent: Wednesday, 3 March 2010 9:18 AM
> Cc: Stephen Debus
> Subject: Why Publish bird observations? Re: [Birding-Aus] afo
> 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.
> Margaret Cameron
> 2 Cintra Street
> Eastern Heights, Qld
> Australia 4305
> 07 3282 9151
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