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Animal Migration is an international journal that publishes cutting-edge research on the biology of migratory species. We strive to present a forum where all aspects of migratory biology can be discussed, from genetics and physiology to ecosystem-level interactions between migrants and their environment and everything in between. We encourage authors from all over the globe to submit articles to our journal, since migration is a world-wide phenomenon.
Aims and Scope
Why subscribe and read
- Animal Migration publishes research on all species and all aspects of migration biology, keeping readers up to date on developments in non-focal species and systems.
- We publish articles about new technologies and methods for studying migratory animals, providing readers with techniques they can use in their focal systems.
- We feature research performed by individuals all over the globe, helping readers to connect with potential collaborators and correspondents.
- Animal Migration aims to present high-impact, integrative research on migration biology.
- Our peer-review process is streamlined, and papers can be published rapidly when necessary.
- We use double-blind peer-review.
- We provide free language editing for individuals for whom English is not a first language.
- VERSITA Emerging Science
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Instructions for Authors
Animal Migration (AM) is an international journal devoted to the rapid publication of works of wide significance and originality in all areas of the growing field of integrative animal migration biology. Our central goal is to provide a hub for researchers working across all species to present their discoveries, and to be a forum for discussing the important issues in the field.The journal is peer-reviewed and publishes in electronic-only format on an ongoing basis (no issues). The language of the journal is English.
Manuscripts submitted to this journal should:
- contain original work - not published elsewhere in any medium (in whole or in part) by the authors or anyone else and not be under consideration for publication in any other medium;
- focus on the aims and scope of the journal;
- contain all essential features of a scientific publication and be easy for the target audience to understand;
- be written in clear, concise English - attention to detail of the language will avoid severe misunderstandings which might lead to rejection of the paper;
- be delivered in an electronic format.
The journal publishes:
- Research Articles
- Communications, including Rapid Communications
Our contributors are asked to make sure their submissions comply with rules governing the formatting. Although the journal can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to deliver a properly formatted electronic version of the article.
Please carefully follow the guidelines described in Instructions for Authors.
Each manuscript should be accompanied by a cover letter which should explicitly state that the authors have the authority to publish the work and that the manuscript (or one with substantially the same content, by any of the authors) has not been previously published in any language anywhere and that it is not under simultaneous consideration by another journal. All authors of the manuscript are responsible for its content; they must have agreed to its publication and have given the corresponding author the authority to act on their behalf in all matters pertaining to publication. The corresponding author is responsible for informing the coauthors of the manuscript’s status throughout the submission, review, and production process.
Peer Review Process
Submission may be declined by the Editor or Associate Editor without review, if the studies reported are not sufficiently novel or important enough to merit publication or do not fit the scope of the journal. Manuscripts deemed unsuitable are returned to the author(s) without a review. Animal Migration uses double-blind review; reviewers are not provided with the identity of the authors, nor are authors provided with the identity of referees.
a) Choice of reviewers
Research articles, communications, and commentaries are refereed by a minimum of two reviewers chosen by the Editor; review papers by at least three.
b) Suggestions from authors
We request that the authors suggest persons competent to review their manuscript. However, this will be treated only as a suggestion: the final selection of reviewers is exclusively the Editor's decision. As noted above, Animal Migration uses double-blind review; therefore, the authors’ names are NOT revealed to the referees.
The reviewers are asked to make an objective, impartial evaluation of the scientific merits of the manuscript. Reviewers operate under guidelines set forth in Guidelines for Reviewers and are asked to comment on the following aspects of submitted manuscripts:
- novelty and originality of the work;
- broad interest to the community of researchers;
- significance to the field, potential impact of the work, conceptual or methodological advances described;
- study design and clarity;
- evidence supporting claims and conclusions;
- rigorous methodology, including statistical analysis.
If a manuscript is believed to not meet the standards of the journal or is otherwise lacking in scientific rigor or contains major deficiencies, the reviewers will attempt to provide constructive criticism to assist the authors in ultimately improving their work. If a manuscript is believed to be potentially acceptable for publication but needs to be improved, the authors will be invited to revise and resubmit it with the expectation that the authors will fully address the reviewer’s suggestions.
Once all reviews have been received and considered by the Editor, a decision letter to the author is drafted. There are several types of decisions possible:
- Accept without revision
- Minor revision
- Major revision
- Reject with invitation to resubmit following major revision
Revised manuscript submission
When authors are invited to revise a manuscript, they should return the revised version of their manuscript as soon as possible. Prompt action will ensure faster publication if a paper is ultimately accepted. If it is the first revision of an article, authors must return their revised manuscript within 28 days. If it is the second revision, authors need to return their revised manuscript within 14 days. If these deadlines are not met, and no specific arrangements for completion have been made with the Editor, the manuscript will be treated as a new one and will receive a new identification code along with a new registration date.
The final decision on manuscript acceptance or rejection is made by the Editor.
Authors will receive a pdf file with the edited version of their manuscript (‘proof’) for final proofreading. This is the last opportunity to view an article before its publication on the journal web site. No changes or modifications can be introduced once it is published. Thus, we request that authors check their proof pages carefully against the manuscript and prepare a separate document within 3 working days containing all changes that should be introduced. Authors are sometimes asked to provide additional comments and explanations in response to remarks and queries from the language or technical editors.
Because the journal has no issues, manuscripts accepted for publication are immediately published online (that is, after the authors perform a final proofreading, and all concerns are resolved). Once a manuscript appears on the website, it is considered to be published.
Because the journal is published in Open Access model, and has no printed version, the authors receive no reprints.
If any errors are detected in the published material, they should be reported to the Editor. The corresponding authors should send appropriate corrected material to the Editor via email; this material will be considered for publication as soon as feasible.
All authors retain copyright, unless, due to their local circumstances, their work is not copyrighted. The non-commercial use of each article will be governed by The Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license. The corresponding author grants Versita the exclusive license to commercial use of the article, by signing the License to Publish. A scanned copy of license should be sent by e-mail to the Editor of the journal as soon as possible once a manuscript has been accepted.
Scientific misconduct and other fraud
Scientific misconduct is defined by the Office of Research Integrity (http://ori.dhhs.gov) as "fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other practices that seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted within the academic community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research". In cases where there is a suspicion or allegation of scientific misconduct or fraudulent research in manuscripts submitted or published, the Editors reserve the right to impose sanctions on the authors, such as:
- an immediate rejection of the manuscript;
- banning author(s) from submitting manuscripts to the journal for a certain period of time;
- retracting the manuscript;
- alerting editors of other journals and publishers;
- bringing the concerns to the authors' sponsoring or funding institution or other appropriate authority for investigation
This journal publishes only original manuscripts that are not also published or going to be published elsewhere. Multiple submissions/publications, or redundant publications (the re-packaging in different words of data already published by the same authors) will be rejected. If they are detected only after publication, the journal reserves the right to publish a Retraction Note.
Serious errors in a published manuscript and/or infringements of professional ethical codes will result in an article being retracted. This will occur where the article is clearly defamatory, or infringes others' legal rights, or where the article is, or there is good reason to expect it will be, the subject of a court order, or where the article, if acted upon, might pose a serious health risk. In any of these cases all coauthors will be informed about a retraction. A Retraction Note detailing the reason for retraction will be linked to the original article.
Use of experimental animals and human subjects
Submission of a manuscript to this journal implies that any experimental research that is reported in the manuscript has been performed with the approval of an appropriate ethics committee. Manuscripts may be rejected if the Editor believes that the research has not been carried out within an ethical framework. Research involving human participants must be in compliance with the Helsinki Declaration, and any experimental research on animals must follow internationally recognized guidelines. A statement to this effect must appear in the Experimental Procedures section of the manuscript, including the name of the body which gave approval, with a reference number where appropriate. No identifying information should be published for human subjects unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient gives written informed consent for publication. Information about Informed Consent obtained from participants should be indicated in the published article. We encourage authors to submit a sample of a patient consent form, and may require submission of such a form on other occasions, at our discretion.
See Instructions for Authors for further details.
Conflicts of Interest
In order to encourage transparency without impeding publication, all authors, referees and editors must declare any association that poses a conflict of interest in connection with the manuscript. There should be no contractual relations or proprietary considerations that would affect the publication of information contained in a submitted manuscript. A competing interest for a scholarly journal is anything that interferes with, or could reasonably be perceived as interfering with, the full and objective presentation, review, or publication of research findings, or of articles that comment on or review research findings. Potential conflicts of interest exist when an author, editor or reviewer has financial, personal or professional interests in a publication that might influence their scientific judgment.
Examples of such conflicts include, but are not limited to:
- Financial conflicts: stock ownership; patents; paid employment or consultancy; board membership; research grants; travel grants and honoraria for speaking or participation at meetings; gifts
- Personal conflicts: relationship with editors, editorial board members, or with possible reviewers who have had recent or ongoing collaborations with the authors, have commented on drafts of the manuscript, are in direct competition with the authors, or have a history of dispute with the authors
- Professional conflicts: public associations with institutions or corporations whose products or services are related to the subject matter of the article; membership of a government advisory council/committee; relationship with organizations and funding bodies.
Authors should declare whether they have any conflicts of interests that could have influenced the reporting of the experimental data or conclusions in their paper. Such a statement should list all potential interests or, if appropriate, should clearly state that there are none. The Editor may decide not to publish papers when there is reason to believe the competing interests are such that they may have compromised the work or the analyses or interpretations presented. Upon submission of a manuscript, authors may suggest excluding specific editors or reviewers from the peer review of their article. It is the responsibility of authors to disclose in the Acknowledgments section any funding sources for the project or other relationships that are relevant.
Editors should consider whether any of the above competing interests are relevant to them and the manuscript under consideration. Editors who believe that the conflict will preclude an impaired judgment should decline to handle the paper.
Reviewers should consider whether any of the above applies to them and declare any such competing interests. If they feel they cannot review a paper because of any competing interest, they should tell us. They should also declare any association with the authors of a paper.
Submission to Animal Migration
Please submit your manuscripts to Animal Migration via email to
Melissa S. Bowlin
Celdes, CNPIEC, EBSCO Discovery Service, Google Scholar, Microsoft Academic Search, Naviga (Softweco), Primo Central (ExLibris), ProQuest - The Summon, WorldCat (OCLC)
Melissa S. Bowlin, University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA
Julie Craves, University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA
Editorial Advisory Board
Susanne Åkesson, Lund University, Sweden
Jason Chapman, Rothamsted Research, West Common, Harpenden, UK
John M. Fryxell, University of Guelph, Canada
Christopher G. Guglielmo, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Graeme Hays, Swansea University, UK
Anders Hedenström, Lund University, Sweden
Keith A. Hobson, Science and Technology Branch, Environment Canada, Canada
Felix Liechti, Swiss Ornithological Institute, Sempach , Switzerland
Kenneth J. Lohmann, Center for Galapagos Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Peter Marra, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, National Zoological Park, Washington, USA
Frank R. Moore, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, USA
Rachel Muheim, Lund University, Sweden
Martin Wikelski, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany
Adam M. Fudickar, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany
Rebecca Baldwin, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Melissa S. Bowlin
ul. Solipska 14a/1
02-482 Warsaw, Poland
Phone: +48 22 701 50 15