The Wilson Journal of Ornithology has released its latest issue (Volume 132, Number 2) on the journal website (wjoonline.org). The printed version of this issue is in production at Allen Press and was mailed to print subscribers on February 4th.
The WJO Editor, Managing Editor, and our partners at Allen Press continue to work hard to chip away at the huge backlog of papers that piled up in our peer review pipeline due to the illness and subsequent resignation of John Faaborg as Editor in early 2019, and the untimely death of Acting Editor Mary Bomberger Brown in late 2019. We apologize to WOS members and WJO authors for the lingering production delay in the wake of these unfortunate events. Several papers that have been accepted for publication in the next issue (Volume 132, Number 3) have appeared as Online Early Articles on the journal webpage, and other accepted papers will continue to appear as that now-completed issue moves to the production phase, which takes about six weeks. We have begun to assemble the contents of the final issue of Volume 132 and are hopeful that it will appear closely on the heels of Volume 132 Number 3.
As with all peer-reviewed journals published by non-profit societies, the timely publication of the WJO depends upon the willingness of the ornithological community to continue to provide substantial, constructive, timely reviews of manuscripts. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the pace of day-to-day activities throughout the world, and this has resulted in a great many of our review requests being turned down. We urge all WOS members to help us move manuscripts through peer review as quickly as possible by accepting our review invitations and returning their reviews as quickly as possible.
We thank you for your continued patience.