Ornithological Applications (formerly The Condor) is an international peer-reviewed journal published by the American Ornithological Society (the other is Ornithology). It publishes original research, syntheses, and assessments from all parts of the globe focusing on the application of scientific theory, ornithological knowledge, and methods to the conservation and management of birds, and to policy. Submissions to Ornithological Applications should have clearly explained short-term (1ā€“5 year) implications for the conservation or management of birds. Ornithological Applications also seeks conservation social science studies and interdisciplinary papers: those that integrate biological, social, and/or economic data to address conservation and management issues. AOS members can access and publish in Ornithological Applications free of charge.

First published in 1899 by the Cooper Ornithological Society as The Bulletin of the Cooper Ornithological Club, the journal was renamed in 1900 to The Condor: A Magazine of Western Ornithology and later still (1947) to The Condor: Journal of the Cooper Ornithological Club. In 2021, it became Ornithological Applications, currently one of the worldā€™s foremost ornithological journals


Impact Factor

2.135 (2020)

5-year Impact Factor

2.53

Ornithological Applications Editorial Staff

Editor-in-Chief: Catherine Lindell, Michigan State University, clindell@americanornithology.org
Senior Editor: Paul F. Doherty, Jr., Colorado State University, pdoherty@americanornithology.org
Senior Editor: Christin Pruett, Ouachita Baptist University, cpruett@americanornithology.org
Managing Editor: Mark Penrose, American Ornithological Society, aospubs@americanornithology.org
Special Features Editor: Kate Huyvaert, Washington State University, khuyvaert@americanornithology.org
Book Reviews Editor: Jay Mager, Ohio Northern University, jmager@americanornithology.org
Memorials Editor: Ted Anderson, McKendree University, tanderson@americanornithology.org


Journal Access & Article Submission Information

AOS members can receive free access to Ornithological Applications via the AOS Member Portal.

Access Ornithological Applications online through Oxford University Press.

Instructions to authors.

Submit a paper.


Substantive Areas for Ornithological Applications

  • Population biology, including threats to bird populations
  • Conservation and management issues
  • Conservation genetics
  • Conservation social science
  • Ecosystem services and disservices of birds
  • Restoration of bird taxa and their ecological functions in degraded landscapes
  • Effects of habitat alteration and fragmentation
  • Responses to climate change
  • Other anthropogenic effects, including energy infrastructure and environmental contamination, on birds
  • Avian diseases and disease transmission by birds in changing landscapes
  • Birds in urban and agricultural landscapes