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Edited By: Paul F. Donald (Editor in Chief)

Impact Factor: 1.804

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 3/24 (Ornithology)

Online ISSN: 1474-919X

Author Guidelines

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1. Publication policy  6. Manuscript presentation  
2. Copyright 7. Graphics and electronic artwork 
3. Open Access  8. Article tracking 
4. Submission  9. Proofs and Offprints
5. Accepted Articles10. Archiving policy

1. Publication policy
Ibis publishes original papers and comments in English, covering the whole field of ornithology, together with reviews of recent publications, notices of BOU business and matters of interest to BOU members. Submission is considered on the condition that papers are previously unpublished, are not offered simultaneously elsewhere, and that all contributors have read and approved the content.
Authors with ideas for major reviews are asked to contact the Editor (ibis.editor@bou.org.uk) in advance of submission. Contributions will be acknowledged automatically by the Editor and assigned a unique registration number which must be quoted in correspondence. Papers are refereed, although the editor reserves the right to reject without review.

Ibis is a member of and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics. Submitted work must comply with the BOU’s Ethical policy which can be read here. Ibis also expects authors to follow good practice in publication ethics, as outlined here.
Any deviations from acceptable practice might result in papers being rejected or retracted.

Work carried out under licence should report the licence number. A photocopy of relevant research licences should be scanned and uploaded with your submission.

Conflict of interest
Ibis requires that all authors disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial, or otherwise that might be perceived as influencing an author’s objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. All potential conflicts, directly or indirectly relevant to work described in the author’s manuscript, must be disclosed.

Potential sources of conflict of interest include but are not limited to patent or stock ownership, membership of a company board of directors, membership of an advisory board or committee for a company, and consultancy for or receipt of speaker’s fees from a company.

The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication in this journal.

It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to review this policy with all authors and to collectively list in the cover letter to the Editor, in the manuscript (under the Acknowledgment section), and in the online submission system ALL pertinent commercial and other relationships. If the authors have no conflict of interest to declare, they must also state this at submission.

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2. Copyright transfer agreement form

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

CTA Terms and Conditions
For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following
• Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA)
• Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
• Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
• Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html.

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you to comply with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

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3. Open Access
OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers upon publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers via Wiley Online Library. The article is also deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions can be found here.

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at:

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen as all OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the Journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

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4. Submission
Ibis only accepts submission at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ibis. This enables the quickest possible review of scientific papers. The exception is for topical viewpoint articles (1500 words; see Editorial in April 2007 issue of Ibis) which should be sent directly to the Editor (ibis.editor@bou.org.uk). Other paper categories are reviews, standard papers (normally 7000 words: total text) and short communications (2500 words: total text: no more than four display items [tables and/or figures]).

Manuscripts should be submitted as Word documents (.doc) or RTF (.rtf) files. Figures may be uploaded separately or embedded into the text of your initial submission. Please ensure that the track changes feature has been turned off and any reviewing notes removed before submission or they will be visible throughout the review process.

On acceptance, you will be required to upload your manuscript as one text file and additional high resolution graphics files; TIFF (.tiff) or EPS (.eps) are our preferred formats. We can also work with PDF (.pdf) files if these are easier to create when using R software. Full upload instructions and support are available online from the submission site via the 'Get Help Now' button. Please submit your covering letter or comments to the editor when prompted online.

Pre-submission English-language editing
Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/english_language.asp. All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Revised manuscripts must be submitted in their final form within two months, for major revisions, or within one month for minor revisions, of receipt of a revision letter from the Editor. If you are unable to submit your revision within this time span please contact the Journal Manager to ask for an extension.

5. Accepted Articles
'Accepted Articles' have been accepted for publication and undergone full peer review but have not been through the copyediting, typesetting, pagination and proofreading process. Accepted Articles are published online a few days after final acceptance, appear in PDF format only (without the accompanying full-text HTML) and are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows them to be cited and tracked. The DOI remains unique to a given article in perpetuity. More information about DOIs can be found online at http://www.doi.org/faq.html. Given that Accepted Articles are not considered to be final, please note that changes will be made to an article after Accepted Article online publication, which may lead to differences between this version and the Version of Record.

The Accepted Articles service has been designed to ensure the earliest possible circulation of research papers after acceptance.

[Accepted articles will be indexed by PubMed; t][T]herefore the submitting author must carefully check the names and affiliations of all authors provided in the cover page of the manuscript, as it will not be possible to alter these once a paper is made available online in Accepted Article format. Subsequently the final copyedited and proofed articles will appear either as Early View articles in a matter of weeks or in an issue on Wiley Online Library [; the link to the article in PubMed will automatically be updated].

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6. Manuscript presentation
For authors new to scientific publication, or authors who are not native English speakers, we recommend the following guidelines: http://www.ease.org.uk/publications/author-guidelines

Manuscripts should be typed in a standard, easy to read font, in point size 11 or 12. Lines should be numbered consecutively throughout the manuscript and line spacing should be double or 1.5X. The text should run in one, single column and have generous margins. Symbols, units and abbreviations should be expressed as Système International (SI) units. In exceptional circumstances, others may be used, provided they are consistent. For advice, please contact the Editorial Office. Calculations and the validity of deductions made from them should be checked and validated by a statistician. Authors are invited to consult the Editor for advice on statistics.

Authorities and dates for the Latin binomial of bird species are not used in the title or summary, and only on the first mention in the main body of the text. Thereafter, the common name is used. Follow the BOU's The British List http://www.bou.org.uk/thebritishlist/British-List.pdf, and Knox et al. (2004), Taxonomic recommendations for British birds (Ibis 144: 518–525).
Apply capitals as follows: ‘Short-eared Owl’, ‘Red-winged Grey Warbler’, but note ‘owls’, ‘warblers’.

Text should be divided into the following sections and appear in the order:

1. Title page
- Short running page heading, title, author names and affiliations
- Please try to avoid titles in the form of questions, titles with colons and titles with unnecessary 'gimmicky' elements, such as: 'Life in the fast lane: does flight speed vary with wing length?
2. Summary
3. Introduction
4. Methods
5. Results
6. Discussion
7. Acknowledgments
8. References

- Inserted in parentheses in full for single and dual authored papers, but using the first author and et al. for multiple authored papers.
- Reference to personal communications, unedited and un-refereed work, and work that is unpublished should be minimal and should appear in the text only.
- It is the author’s responsibility to obtain permission from colleagues to include their work as a personal communication.
- References in the list should be in a neutral style, as they will be formatted electronically at the editing/proofing stage.
9. Appendices
10. Supporting information

- Quantitative biological data too extensive for inclusion in the print edition of the Journal may be presented in the online edition, as supporting information. As such, it will be reviewed as an integral part of the paper.
- The availability of supporting information should be indicated in the main manuscript by a paragraph, to appear after the references, providing titles of figures, tables, etc.
- We welcome audio and video material if relevant to your paper.
-There are guidelines regarding supporting information here.
11. Tables
12. Figure legends
13. Figures

Short communications
Please include a four sentence overview which summarizes the background to the work, the methods, the results and the conclusions. The paper should not exceed 2500 words and must not have more than four display items (tables and/or figures).

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7. Graphics and electronic artwork
Table and figure legends should be included within the text file and contain sufficient information to be understood without reference to the text. Each should begin with a short title for the figure. All symbols and abbreviations should be explained with a key.

Numerical results should be presented either as tables or figures. Tables should be an integral part of the text file. They should have a brief descriptive title and be self-explanatory. Units should appear in parentheses in the column headings, not in the body of the table. Repeated words or numerals on successive lines should be written in full.

The journal welcomes colour figures and plates, although the cost must be borne by the author. If you wish to use colour, please fill out this form and post a hard copy to:

Customer Services (OPI)
John Wiley & Sons Ltd
European Distribution Centre
New Era Estate
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Bognor Regis
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The exception is Review papers, which incur no printed colour charge.
In the event that an author is not able to cover the costs of reproducing colour figures, Ibis offers authors the opportunity to reproduce colour figures for free in the online version of the article (but they will still appear in black and white in the print version). If an author wishes to take advantage of this free colour-on-the-web service, they should liaise with the editorial office to ensure that the appropriate documentation is completed for the Publisher.

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Electronic artwork
Ibis requires submission of electronic artwork via the Ibis online submission website: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ibis
Ideally, vector graphics (line artwork) should be saved in Encapsulated Postscript Format (.eps) and halftones (photographs) in Tagged Image File Format (.tif). TIF files should be supplied at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi (dots per inch) at the final size at which they are to appear in the Journal. Labeling should be in 8pt Helvetica or Arial. Figure sections should be designated with upper case letters. Magnification bars should be given on electron and light micrographs.

Detailed information on digital illustration standards and creating EPS files is available at this webpage. We can also work with PDF (.pdf) files if these are easier to create when using R software.

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8. Article tracking
Online production tracking is available for your article through Wiley Blackwell’s Author Services.

Once it has been accepted, Author Services enables authors to track their article through the production process to publication online and in print. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Authors can check the status of their articles and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. Visit Wiley Blackwell's Author Services for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

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9. Proofs and offprints
Proofs will be available as a PDF to download from our e-proofing website. Full instructions will be sent via email notification when the proof is ready for collection. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required in order to read this file. This can be downloaded (free of charge) from Adobe.

In your absence, please arrange for a colleague to correct on your behalf. Major alterations will be charged to the author and delay publication.

Free access to the final PDF offprint or your article will be available via Author Services only. Please therefore sign up for Author Services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers. Paper offprints can be purchased prior to print publication from COS Printers.

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10. Archiving policy
Unless specifically requested at submission, the publisher will dispose of all hard copy or electronic material submitted 2 months post publication.

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