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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Scientific Journals Overview

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) welcomes submissions to its online peer reviewed publications focused on the practical application and integration of applied science to wildlife conservation and management—the Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management (first published in 2010) and the North American Fauna monograph series (first published in 1889). We welcome submissions to both journals from all scientists—Service or otherwise. These journals are in the public domain and electronic, from submission through review and online publication. There are no page charges for authors and access is unlimited and free of charge; paper copies are not distributed.

These journals are not intended to replace existing peer review journals, but are intended to facilitate publication and dissemination of results for applied conservation science for which there are limited peer reviewed outlets. The Service continues to support and encourage its scientists to publish in other peer-reviewed journals at their own discretion. Papers published in our journals are subject to rigorous peer review, and must achieve the same fundamental level of scientific rigor as those published in other peer review journals. Studies must be vigorous, well presented, properly designed, statistically sound, and conclusions must logically follow from the data and analyses presented and be couched in a broad context that takes into account the existing state of knowledge. However, these publications differ from traditional peer review journals in that they do not necessarily require papers to allow for wide scale inference, appeal to a broad audience, or be perceived as being novel. Similarly, the overarching goal of the journals is NOT to achieve a high scientific impact factor, but instead to publish rigorous applied science to meet the needs of the conservation community.

Furthermore, we recognize that within the confines of the work environment, many agency personnel must focus on fairly narrow topics or specific management problems. The resulting products may be fundamentally sound, but not publishable in traditional peer reviewed outlets because the topics or presentations are not sufficiently broad to appeal to journal editors. While such papers may have limited application or ability to draw broad scale inference, the data are often critical to conservation efforts and meeting agency management obligations. Further, the publication of these manuscripts may facilitate subsequent meta-analysis and broad scale synthesis across taxa or geographic areas, and thereby allow inference at larger scales. The current need for data relating to climate conditions and global climate change provides a timely example. As researchers strive to document climate changes and predict future climate outcomes, there is a constant search for historic data upon which to base comparisons. The reality is, such data frequently exist, but have often not been published or widely disseminated. Thus, scientists and managers often encounter a lack of data to which they can compare their results or use to design conservation strategies. The Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management and North American Fauna provide a mechanism for rigorous peer review, professional publication and wide dissemination of these types of scientific data and analyses along with more traditional applied conservation studies.


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Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management

Format:
Online ISSN 1944-687X
Frequency:
June and December each year

Scope and Content: Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management encourages submission of original, high quality, English-language scientific papers on the practical application and integration of science to conservation and management of native North American fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats in the following categories: Articles, Notes, Surveys and Issues and Perspectives. Papers that do not relate directly to native North American fish, wildlife plants or their habitats may be considered if they highlight species that are closely related to, or conservation issues that are germane to, those in North America.

Access: Available in electronic format only and is public domain. Unlimited full-text HTML and PDF file access is free and open to anyone.

Submissions: All manuscripts for the Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management must be submitted using the online submission sites.

Please click here for the NEW PeerTrack site where you can submit new manuscripts or revise and review those submitted after December 30, 2019.

Please click here for the old AllenTrack site to review or submit revisions for manuscripts originally submitted before December 30, 2019.

Abstracting and Indexing: As of January 2020, Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management is abstracted and indexed by Scopus (Elsevier), Web of Science (Clarivate), Natural Science Collection (ProQuest), Gale/Cengage Learning databases, and EBSCO's Environment Complete. The contents are also available via the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Library (Agricola) as well as many other open access search tools.

Volunteer as a Reviewer: Register here to complete your online profile in order to serve as a potential reviewer. Please take special care to add personal classifications and personal keywords so Editors can match you with appropriate manuscripts. The more detail you provide the more likely you will be selected as a reviewer for manuscripts in your specific area of interest. Registering will add you as a potential reviewer forJournal of Fish and Wildlife Management and North American Fauna.

Editor-In-Chief:
Dr. John K. Wenburg
Director, Conservation Genetics Laboratory
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
1011 E. Tudor Rd.
Anchorage, AK 99503

Phone
(907) 786-3858
Email

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North American Fauna

Format:
Online (2009-) ISSN 1944-687X
Print (1889-1991) ISSN 0078-1304
Frequency:
Infrequent

Scope and Content: North American Fauna encourages submission of monographs on an array of topics relating to North American vertebrates, invertebrates and plants. Appropriate treatments include descriptions of groups of taxa, ecosystems, or complex interactions among species and basic research on species life history, distribution, population dynamics and taxonomy, and must be of sufficient detail to be considered among the authoritative publication on the topic or species covered.

Access: Available in electronic format only and is public domain. Unlimited full-text HTML and PDF file access is free and open to anyone.

Submissions: All manuscripts for North American Fauna should be submitted using the online submission site here.

Abstracting and Indexing: As of January 2020, North American Fauna is abstracted and indexed by EBSCO's Environment Complete, and Web of Science's BIOSIS Previews, Biological Abstracts, and Zoological Record databases (by Clarivate) as well as many other open access search tools.

Volunteer as a Reviewer: Register here to complete your online profile in order to serve as a potential reviewer. Please take special care to add personal classifications and personal keywords so Editors can match you with appropriate manuscripts. The more detail you provide the more likely you will be selected as a reviewer for manuscripts in your specific area of interest. Registering will add you as a potential reviewer forJournal of Fish and Wildlife Management and North American Fauna.

Acting Editor-In-Chief:
Dr. John K. Wenburg
Director, Conservation Genetics Laboratory
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
1011 E. Tudor Rd.
Anchorage, AK 99503

Phone
(907) 786-3858
Email

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Last updated: February 21, 2020