© British Ornithologists' Union
Edited By: Paul F. Donald (Editor in Chief)
Impact Factor: 2.43
ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2011: 1/21 (Ornithology)
Online ISSN: 1474-919X
Celebrating 150 years of promoting the understanding of avian biology and conservation
The British Ornithologists Union (BOU) was founded in 1858 by Prof. Alfred Newton FRS, and is one of the worlds oldest and most respected ornithological societies. With a membership of around 2,000 worldwide, the BOU aims to promote ornithology within the scientific and birdwatching communities, in Britain and around the world. This is largely achieved by the publication of its quarterly international journal, Ibis (1859-), the BOUs international journal of avian science, one of the worlds leading ornithological journals featuring work at the cutting edge of our understanding of our world's birdlife.
The BOU also has an active programme of meetings, seminars and conferences at which birdwatchers and other ornithologists can learn more about the work being undertaken around the world. This often includes research projects that have received financial assistance from the BOUs ongoing programme of Ornithological Research Grants which also include student sponsorship. Part of the BOU Library is housed at the Linnean Society, whilst copies of exchange journals, books reviewed in Ibis and offprints are held as part of the Alexander Library in the Zoological Department of the University of Oxford. The BOUs Records Committee maintains the official list of birds recorded in Britain.