The Wilson Journal of Ornithology

The Wilson Journal of Ornithology is a peer-reviewed quarterly publication consisting of major articles based on original studies of birds and short communications that describe observations of particular interest. Each issue also includes reviews of new books on birds and related subjects, as well as ornithological news. Through an endowment from the late George Miksch Sutton, each issue of the Journal includes a full color frontispiece. Each current volume consists of approximately 500 pages.

The principal focus of WJO is the study of living birds, their natural history, behavior, ecology, distribution, physiology, and conservation. Although many articles originate from work conducted in the western hemisphere, the geographic coverage of WJO is global. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology is internationally recognized as a major journal of ornithology.

All journal content published by the Wilson Ornithological Society is searchable and accessible to members online: 

  • For publications 1889–1999 (Volumes 1–111 of The Wilson Bulletin) access is through the Searchable Ornithological Research Archive (SORA) at the University of New Mexico.
  • BioOne includes all publications 2000–present, as The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. These are volumes 112–present. 
  • Our publisher Allen Press also maintains an archive of The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. The Allen Press collection begins with Volume 122 (2010). (Click here for instructions on how to access the WJO via the Allen Press site for free as a WOS member.)

The WOS also honors authors of articles in WJO with two annual awards:

  • The Edwards Prize, awarded by the Editor for the best major article in each volume
  • The Storrs Olson Prize, awarded by the Editor for the best book review published in each volume

Important links for authors: 


For editorial/submission questions about the WJO – Ernesto Ruelas Inzunza, The Wilson Journal of Ornithology Editor-in-Chief,

For membership/subscription questions –

For questions regarding page charges – Meg Hatch, WOS Treasurer,