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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Contributions should be written in accordance with recent issues of the journal. The title should be short (preferably less than 125 characters), informative and contain words that are useful for indexing and information retrieval. The text may be written in English or Swedish and the paper should end with an extensive summary in the other language (editorial assistance can be provided in this matter). Table and Figure legends should be in both languages. 3–5 keywords that do not occur in the title must be submitted.

Types of contributions

Research Papers

These accounts of primary research should start with an Abstract in English, not exceeding 175 words. The text should be divided by no more than three levels of subheadings. The following primary subheadings are recommended: Introduction, Methods/Study areas, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, and References.

Review Articles

Review Articles syntehsizing published research follow the same specifications as Research Papers.

Brief communications

Short contributions should not exceed 2,000 words, must include no more than two Figures/Tables, and should aim for less than 30 references. Brief communications should start with an Abstract in English, not exceeding 125 words. Subheadings should be restricted to one level.  

Taxonomy and Nomenclature

Ornis Svecica refers to the current version of the IOC World Bird List for taxonomy and English and scientific nomenclature, while Swedish names should follow BirdLife Sweden's current list. If relevant, refer to version names of those lists. Deviations from those lists can be made, but should be explained and clearly indicated.

References

In-text citations should be given using name and year, and if there is more than one reference to the same author(s) and year, also letters (a, b, and so on). In the reference list, journal names should be written without abbreviation. For references that have a DOI, this must be provided as a link format, as https://doi.org/<DOI>

Citations in the text

  • Andersson (1985), Bond (1913a, 1913b), Carlsson & Dennis (1956), Eriksson et al. (1989), Ottvall et al. (2008)
  • (Andersson 1985), (Bond 1913a, 1913b), (Carlsson & Dennis 1956), (Eriksson et al. 1989), (Ottvall et al. 2008)

Authors need not italicize et al. in the manuscript.

In the reference list

  • Andersson B. 1985. Populationsförändringar hos tranan Grus grus under 100 år. Vår Fågelvärld 50: 211–221. 
  • Bond AP. 1913a. A new theory on competitive exclusion. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 67: 12–16. https://doi.org/1016/j.ecolind.2019.01.083
  • Bond AP. 1913b. Breeding biology of the Pied Flycatcher. Pp 123–156 in Ecology and Adaptions in Birds (French J, ed). Whinchat Publishers, Nairobi.
  • Carlsson T & Dennis WA. 1956Blåmesens liv. Tower University Press, Trosa.
  • Ottvall R, Green M, Lindström Å, Svensson S, Esseen P-A & Marklund L. 2008. Ortolansparvens Emberiza hortulana förekomst och habitatval i Sverige. [Distribution and habitat choice of the Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana in Sweden]. Ornis Svecica 18: 3–16. https://doi.org/10.34080/os.v18.19596

Please adhere to the citation style in terms of names, initials, puctuation, order of elements, and how volumes, issues, and pages are written. Additional formatting (bold/italics) is not necessary, as it will be applied in the production stage. If the main language of a paper is in another language than English, but there is an English summary and title, state the main title followed by the alternative English title within square brackets.

Style and writing

To be updated.

Names

Follow the taxonomy and nomenclature according to above. English species names are written with initial capitalization of each word, whereas Swedish species names are never capitalized (should they not consitute the first word of a sentence). Scientific names are italicized and follow common names without parentheses. The scientific names should be spelled out directly following the common names in the title; in each figure, table, and caption; in the first instance in the abstract if not already spelled out in the title; and in the first instance in the main text and in the summary in the alternative language. The genus and species epithet should be spelled out in full, but if additional species are listed in the same section, the following species should have the genus abbreviated. If subspecies are stated, the species name should be abbreviated if followed by the nominate subspecies. Example: "We studied the Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus, the Sedge Warbler A. schoenobaenus, the Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus, and the southern and northern subspecies of Common Chiffchaff, Ph. c. collybita and Ph. c. abietinus, in central Sweden."

Supporting material and data availability

Supplementary material (text, tables, and figures) can be submitted as appendices to the main manuscript, and will be published together with the paper, if accepted. We strongly urge authors to make primary data available to the community. This can be done, at no charge, at Zenodo, where the dataset(s) are provided DOIs and can be cited in the manuscript. 

Manuscript preparation

Your manuscript should be submitted as a Word, OpenOffice, or RTF file. Include line numbers, and insert figures and tables together with their captions at appropriate places in the manuscript (i.e. do not place these last). If your contribution is accepted, you may be asked to submit figure files separately.

Free submission and publishing

Ornis Svecica charges no submission fee, and charges no publishing (article processing) fee for accepted contributions. The journal constitutes an option for authors who have no means to pay any publishing charges, and is and will remain free.

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