Making a Submission

Instructions for authors:

The Contributions series consists of individually published papers on basic and applied avian research that have conservation implications. Submissions may be data papers, syntheses or commentaries. Submissions are welcome from anywhere in the world, and are particularly encouraged from women and minority authors, researchers at small or non-academic institutions, researchers who have single author contributions, researchers with a limited publication budget and new authors who may need assistance in achieving professional publication standards. All submissions, correspondence and reviews are accomplished via the internet.


Letter of transmittal  

Papers must be accompanied by an e-mail submitted to the EditorArts and Academic Publishing,  that

  1. names the paper title,
  2. identifies the corresponding author,
  3. verifies that the submission has not been previously published and is not in consideration by another outlet,
  4. verifies that any copyright permission for reproduced work has been received and
  5. verifies by name that a colleague or advisor has previewed and provided comments on the manuscript.
  6. All co-authors must provide specific evidence that they have made a substantial contribution to the paper.
  7. Submissions also must be accompanied by the names, affiliations and e-mail addresses of two reviewers with whom the author does not have a personal connection.


The manuscript should be in double-spaced, single column format. Headings, literature cited, table and figure format should conform generally to Bird Conservation Research, Inc. Contribution 14 or later. Manuscripts do not require a separate title page, headers or footers, but do require an abstract. Tables may be created in the document or imported from a spreadsheet. Figures should be imbedded in the document as jpg or tif files. Color figures and web links are acceptable.


Our preferred means of communication is for authors to submit along with their letter of transmittal a manuscript linked as a GoogleDocs Document file to Arts and Academic Publishing.  Attaching a MS Word file to the letter of transmittal is also acceptable, however. Once submitted, the manuscript receives an initial screening to determine if its topic is within the Contributions series area of interest and has potential for receiving favorable peer review. The Editor will work with authors who have sound data but who must improve their presentation before receiving review. Manuscripts meeting submission criteria are sent to reviewers with the names of authors and their institutional affiliations removed. Papers accepted for publication will be returned to the author for formatting as a MS Publisher document (template provided by BCR) that conforms in detail to BCR Contribution 17 or later (available on the publications Webpage). Authors of accepted papers must approve a proof copy of their publication, complete and return a publishing agreement form and pay a $275 publication fee to BCR to complete the publication process. The publication fee is not increased beyond a certain page length and is reduced to $200 for BCR members.