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Animal Migration

Ed. by Davis, Andrew

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    Animal Migration is an open access 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.  Migration is a world-wide phenomenon, hence authors from all over the globe are encouraged to submit articles to Animal Migration.

    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.

    Why submit

    • 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.


    Type of Publication:

    Students and researchers at various stages of academic career, specializing in migratory biology of animals, migratory ecology

    Submission of Manuscripts

    Instructions for Authors

    Last updated on 22 January 2014

    Manuscripts should be submitted to the journal via online submission system Editorial Manager available for this journal at http://www.editorialmanager.com/ami/. The journal does not have article processing charges (APCs) nor article submission charges.​ In case of problems, please contact the Journal Editor at ami.editorial@degruyteropen.com.

    Authors are suggested to follow Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

    Manuscript submitted to this journal should:

    • contain original work - not published elsewhere in any medium (in the whole or in part) by the authors or anyone else and not under consideration for publication in any other medium;
    • focus on the aims and scope of the journal;
    • be clearly and correctly written - should contain all essential features of a scientific publication that is easy to understand for the target audience;
    • written in English - attention to detail of the language will avoid severe misunderstandings which might lead to rejection of the paper;
    • be delivered in electronic format.

    The journal accepts the following publication formats:

    • Research Articles
    • Communications and Rapid Communications
    • Reviews and Mini-Reviews
    • Commentaries
    • Letters to the Editor and Amendments

    Peer-Review Process
    The journal uses a closed double-blind peer review system (the names of authors and reviewers are hidden from each other). Submitted manuscripts are reviewed by two or more experts. Reviewers are asked to recommend whether a manuscript should be accepted, revised or rejected. Although the journal uses the plagiarism detection system CrossCheck, reviewers should alert the editors if they suspect any issues relating to author misconduct such as plagiarism.

    Reviewers are asked to provide detailed, constructive comments that will help both the editors make a decision on the publication and the author(s) to improve their manuscript. They should point out whether the work has serious flaws that preclude its publication, or whether additional experiments should be carried out or additional data should be collected to support the conclusions drawn.

    Cover Letter
    It is important that authors include a cover letter with their manuscript. Please explain why you consider your manuscript as suitable for publication in the journal, why will your paper inspire the other members of your field, and how will it drive research forward.

    The letter should contain all important details such as:

    • your full name (submitted by)
    • full title of article and short title
    • full list of authors with affiliations
    • e-mail of the corresponding author
    • contact address, telephone/fax numbers of the corresponding author
    • number of attached files, if there is more than one
    • status: new, reviewed or accepted (with reference ID if reviewed or accepted)

    Cover letter should explicitly state 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 or in press by another journal. If related work has been submitted, then we may require a preprint to be made available. Reviewers will be asked to comment on the overlap between the related submissions.

    Manuscripts that have been previously rejected, or withdrawn after being returned for modification, may be resubmitted if the major criticisms have been addressed. The cover letter must state that the manuscript is a resubmission, and the former manuscript number should be provided.

    Conflict of interest declaration
    To ensure fair and objective decision-making, authors must declare any associations that pose a conflict of interest in connection with evaluated manuscripts (see Editorial Policy for details). Authors are encouraged to fill in the ICMJE Conflicts of Interest Form (available here) and send it in the electronic format to the Journal Editor.

    Open Access License
    Authors have to sign an Open Access License that is available on the journal webpage. We encourage the authors to send the signed license along with the manuscript. Please note, that no article will be published unless the Open Access License is signed.

    Formatting Requirements
    We accept submission of text, tables and figures as separate files or as a composite file. For your initial submission, we recommend you upload your entire manuscript, including tables and figures, as a single PDF file. If you are invited to submit a revised manuscript, please provide us with individual files: an editable text and publication-quality figures.

    • Text files can be submitted in the following formats: MS Word - standard DOCUMENT (.DOC) or RICH TEXT FORMAT (.RTF); PDF (not applicable for re-submitted or accepted manuscripts, see below)
    • Tables should be submitted as MS Word or PDF (not applicable for re-submitted or accepted manuscripts, see below). Please note that a straight Excel file is not an acceptable format
    • Graphics files can be submitted in any of the following graphic formats: EPS; BMP; JPG; TIFF; GIF or PDF. Please note that Powerpoint files are not accepted

    Post acceptance, text files of the revised manuscript and tables are required for use in the production.

    Authors should clearly indicate location of tables and figures in the text if these elements are given separately or at the end of the manuscript. If this information is not provided to the editorial office, we will assume that they should be left at the end of the text.

    For further instructions, please carefully follow the guidelines described in Instructions for Authors.

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    Abstracting & Indexing

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    Editorial Information

    Journal Editor
    Andrew K. Davis, University of Georgia, USA

    Associate Editor
    Melissa S. Bowlin, 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 

    Assistant Editors
    Emily Cornelius, University of Wisconsin, USA
    Kristen Covino, University of Southern Mississippi, USA

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    Editorial Contact
    Andrew K. Davis

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