The birding magazines like Wingspan and Bird Observer, being largely
chatty and newsy and full of 'twitcher' stuff, mostly contain ephemera and
(in the case of the BO) trivia, whereas journals like AFO etc. follow a
scientific format and structure and their emphasis is on presenting
advances in knowledge of birds (though often contributed by amateurs).
Just compare BO and AFO, for instance. Annotated lists, to have
ornithological worth, would need to say something useful to science or
conservation about the birds in the list, e.g. an inventory of an
ornithologically little-explored or -documented area, long-term or
seasonal patterns, or other new biological or ecological information. AFO
concentrates on descriptive natural history, rather tan the sometimes
esoteric science of the 'higher' journals.
> 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"?
> Peter Shute
>> -----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
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>> Australia 4305
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