Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Seeking submissions to Notornis - Birds New Zealand needs you!

Notornis is an important means for information on New Zealand birds to be published and made accessible to all. It is the longest running project supported by the society, with a proud publication history dating back to 1943.

There have been peaks and lows in Notornis production over the years, largely due to the rate of submissions, and the effectiveness of the editor. We have been fortunate to have had very efficient editors over the past decade, but we are currently struggling to get enough copy to fill issues. If you have a near-to-complete manuscript that you haven’t quite got round to submitting, please brush the dust off it and get it to the editor (Leigh Bull) promptly.

Birds New Zealand Council is offering two new awards to encourage members across the threshold of getting your work published for the first time:

Birds New Zealand Student Publication Award
An annual award of $500 for the best Notornis publication where a student or recent graduate is the sole or lead author. Applicants must be current members of Birds New Zealand, and must state when submitting their manuscripts that they wish to apply for the award, and that they are currently enrolled in a New Zealand education institute or have graduated in the last 3 years. There is no restriction on the number of submissions that a student may make in the course of their studies, and the award is open to students of all ages.

Birds New Zealand New Author Award
An annual award of $300 for the best Notornis publication where the sole or lead author has not previously published in Notornis or any other scientific journal. Applicants must be current members of Birds New Zealand, and must state when submitting their manuscripts that they are a first-time author and wish to apply for the award. The award can be applied for once only. Students are able to apply for both awards (if eligible), but one award only will be granted to any one manuscript.

Birds New Zealand also offers an annual award for the best student presentation at the New Zealand Bird Conference.

I look forward to reading about your research in Notornis!

David Lawrie
President