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VOLUME 2, ISSUE 2 | December 2007

Two Years In: Revisiting the Publication Niche for Avian Conservation and Ecology
Deux ans plus tard: retour sur le domaine de publication d’Écologie et conservation des oiseaux
  Thomas Nudds and Marc-André Villard

Our home page looks slightly different in this issue. However, the changes signify something much more important than their subtle nature might imply. Specifically, the ‘Focus and Scope’ for the journal – its publication niche – was confirmed, clarified, and shifted to a position of greater prominence over the last few months.

On this two-year anniversary of ACE-ÉCO, it is appropriate to ask how we are doing relative to our declared publication niche. Between 2005 and 2007, total submissions (new and revised manuscripts) doubled to almost 2/wk; half of those in 2007 were resubmissions. Rejection rates fell from 60% to 44%. These trends are largely due to a decrease in submissions that did not fit the publication niche.

ACE-ÉCO’s intended publication niche was described in ‘Focus and Scope’ and in the editorial (Nudds and Villard 2005) of the first issue. However, it became clear that we needed to better articulate the type of manuscripts that ACE-ÉCO is actively seeking and, perhaps more importantly, those that would not fit the profile and yet perhaps be perfectly acceptable in other ornithological journals.

ACE-ÉCO seeks to publish manuscripts that simultaneously advance basic ecology and address matters of conservation concern, within the context of rigorous research hypothesis testing (more on this below). The decision to exploit a relatively specialized niche may be viewed as risky for a new journal, but we are convinced that it will pay off as researchers become familiar with what we are attempting to accomplish; and they may appreciate that the scope of the journal is not so narrow as might be supposed. An increased submission rate of acceptable papers is perhaps a good sign that we have “turned the corner”. We hope that the trend will be sustained....View full editorial: [English HTML] [Français HTML] [PDF]


SPECIAL SECTION: Bird Conservation in the Boreal Forest: Is there a Case for Resilience?
Are Boreal Ovenbirds, Seiurus aurocapilla, More Prone to Move across Inhospitable Landscapes in Alberta’s Boreal Mixedwood Forest than in Southern Québec’s Temperate Deciduous Forest?
La Paruline couronnée, Seiurus aurocapilla, est-elle plus encline à traverser des paysages inhospitaliers dans la forêt mixte boréale de l’Alberta que dans la forêt feuillue tempérée du sud du Québec?
  Marc Bélisle, André Desrochers, Jean-
  François Gobeil, and Marc-André Villard

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Local, Short-term Effects of Forest Harvesting on Breeding Waterfowl and Common Loon in Forest-Dominated Landscapes of Quebec
Effets locaux et à court terme de la récolte forestière sur la sauvagine et le Plongeon huard en période de nidification dans le Québec forestier
  Louis-Vincent Lemelin, Louis Imbeau,
  Marcel Darveau, and Daniel Bordage

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Burrowing Owl, Athene cunicularia. Read more about Pre-Migratory Movements
by Juvenile Burrowing Owls in a Patchy Landscape, Volume 2, Issue 2, Article 4

Big Decisions and Sparse Data: Adapting Scientific Publishing to the Needs of Practical Conservation
Grandes décisions et données éparses: adapter le processus de publication scientifique aux aspects concrets de la conservation
Doug P. Armstrong and Michael A. McCarthy
  Research Papers   
Natal Dispersal in the North Island Robin (Petroica longipes): the Importance of Connectivity in Fragmented Habitats
Dispersion natale chez le Miro de Garnot (Petroica longipes) : importance de la connectivité dans les habitats fragmentés
  Askia K. Wittern and Åsa Berggren  
Long-distance Dispersal Patterns of Male Cerulean Warblers (Dendroica cerulea) Measured by Stable-hydrogen Isotopes
Patrons de dispersion sur de longues distances de Parulines azurées mâles (Dendroica cerulea) mesurés à l’aide d’isotopes stables d’hydrogène
  M. Katherine Girvan, Jason Jones, D. Ryan Norris, Jennifer J. Barg, T. Kurt Kyser, and Raleigh J. Robertson  
Pre-Migratory Movements by Juvenile Burrowing Owls in a Patchy Landscape
Déplacements pré-migratoires de jeunes Chevêches des terriers dans un paysage fragmenté
    L. Danielle Todd, Ray G. Poulin, R. Mark Brigham, Erin M. Bayne, and Troy I. Wellicome  
Agricultural Policy and Nest Success of Prairie Ducks in Canada and the United States
Politiques agricoles et succès de nidification des canards dans les Prairies canadiennes et états-uniennes
    Mark C. Drever, Thomas D. Nudds, and Robert G. Clark  
Slopes of Avian Species-Area Relationships, Human Population Density, and Environmental Factors
Pentes des relations espèces aviaires-superficie, densité humaine et facteurs environnementaux
    Karl L. Evans, Jack J. Lennon, and Kevin J. Gaston  
Colony Dynamics and Persistence of Ivory Gull Breeding in Canada
Dynamique et pérennité de colonies de Mouette blanche au Canada
    Gregory J. Robertson, H. Grant Gilchrist, and Mark L. Mallory  
The Influence of Body Condition on the Stopover Ecology of Least Sandpipers in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley during Fall Migration
Influence de l’état corporel sur l’écologie du Bécasseau minuscule en halte migratoire dans la vallée alluviale du Mississippi inférieur durant la migration automnale
    Sarah E. Lehnen and David G. Krementz  
Contributions of Weather and Predation to Reduced Breeding Success in a Threatened Northern Loggerhead Shrike Population
Influence du climat et de la prédation sur le faible succès de reproduction d’une population de Pie-grièche migratrice nordique et menacée
    Douglas M. Collister and Scott Wilson  
Land Cover Sampling Biases Associated with Roadside Bird Surveys
Biais d’échantillonnage des types de milieux associés aux dénombrements d’oiseaux nicheurs le long des routes
    J. Berton C. Harris and David G. Haskell  
A Field Evaluation of the Time-of-Detection Method to Estimate Population Size and Density for Aural Avian Point Counts
Évaluation sur le terrain de la méthode fondée sur le temps de détection pour estimer l’effectif et la densité des populations d’oiseaux à partir de points d’écoute
    Mathew W. Alldredge, Theodore R. Simons, Kenneth H. Pollock, and Krishna Pacifici  
  Effects at the Landscape Scale May Constrain Habitat Relations at Finer Scales
Le contexte du paysage peut influencer les relations avifaune-habitat à l'échelle locale
A response to: Nocera et al. 2007. “Habitat Relationships of Three Grassland Breeding Bird Species: Broadscale Comparisons and Hayfield Management Implications”
    Wayne E. Thogmartin