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Avian world ranking takes flight

Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:11:00 +1000

Deakin University's reputation as the southern hemisphere's leading avian research centre has been further enhanced recently, following the release of the 2012 Journal Citation Reports® from Thomson Reuters.

These reports reveal a jump in the world ranking of the journal Emu - Austral Ornithology, which is edited at Deakin University.

Emu – Austral Ornithology has had a big hike in its ‘impact factor’, the ranking that indicates the scientific impact of the journal,” said the journal’s Editor, Associate Professor Kate Buchanan, who works at Deakin’s Centre for Integrative Ecology in Geelong.

The journalpublishes research on all branches of ornithology,  but focuses on studies related to the southern hemisphere and adjacent tropics.

Emu – Austral Ornithology has long been the highest ranked regional bird journal in the world, but this recent jump in impact factor means the journal is now ranked fourth of the 22 listed ornithology journals from around the world,” Associate Professor Buchanan said.

“We are giving the northern hemisphere journals – which don’t limit their coverage to birds of any particular region and which benefit from a much larger scientific community - a real run for their money.”

Emu - Austral Ornithology is now ranked behind the prestigious publications Auk, Ibis and Journal of Avian Biology, all of which are based in the northern hemisphere

The Australian journal is owned by BirdLife Australia and published by CSIRO Publishing.

This jump in journal ranking is due in large part to the high quality of ornithological research carried out in Australia and the unique avifauna of the region. The journal’s position at the forefront of ornithology journals worldwide now strengthens its future as the leading publisher of ornithological research in the southern hemisphere.

Associate Professor Buchanan came to Deakin in 2008 to be part of what is now the largest aggregation of avian biologists in the southern hemisphere.

Her research interests include:

  • Neural control of acoustic signalling and perception
  • Endocrine control of avian behaviour
  • Physiological stress and song

As well as her role as editor of Emu - Austral Ornithology Associate Professor Buchanan is a  consulting editor for Animal Behaviour.


Kate Buchanan
We are giving the northern hemisphere journals – which don’t limit their coverage to birds of any particular region and which benefit from a much larger scientific community – a real run for their money, says Associate Professor Kate Buchanan.
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