Our journal: Milvus

Milvus (previously Birds in Wales and before that Welsh Birds) is the official journal of the Welsh Ornithological Society. It is published three times each year. The January/February issue is primarily devoted to the Welsh Bird Report and the annual report on bird ringing in Wales (currently edited by Julian Hughes); the July/August issue (currently edited by Anthony Caravaggi) contains scientific papers and notes on birds in Wales of general interest. The third annual publication is the annual Scarce and Rare Birds Report (currently edited by Jon Green) which is available online only to members in Journals.

Recent issues over the past two years
Access to full papers from the two most recent volumes of Milvus/Birds in Wales is restricted to WOS members – these are available in Journals.

The back catalogue
We have now digitised the archive of our journal to make its contents more widely available to its members and the wider public. An index of papers that have featured in the journal up to and including 2020 can be downloaded here. This index contains links to sections of the Biodiversity Heritage Library, where full texts of all papers more than two years old can be found and downloaded.

Contributing to Milvus
Papers for Milvus are welcomed by the Editor on any aspect of Welsh ornithology. The Society is keen that the journal should accurately reflect present ornithological activity in Wales and hopes that all workers, professional and amateur, with results of studies in Wales will always consider publishing information about these here. All papers are reviewed by the Editor and an independent referee. Authors should follow the format of papers published in the journal. The submission process, guidelines for authors and publication process have recently been revised and can be downloaded here. Authors are asked to ensure that their titles and abstracts can easily be located by search engines – please look at the BOU guidelines for advice.

Papers are accepted in either Welsh or English, and the abstract is published in both languages. In accordance with standard international practice, papers in Welsh should be supplied with captions to tables and figures in both Welsh and English.

The deadline for the July issue of Milvus is 31 May, though if you are planning to contribute a paper, it is helpful if you can contact the editor, Anthony Caravaggi, ahead of this to discuss content, length and type of submission.

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