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The Auk  
January 1884 cover
Abbreviated title (ISO 4) Auk
Discipline Ornithology
Language English
Edited by Michael Murphy
Publication details
Publisher University of California Press (United States)
Publication history 1884-present
Frequency Quarterly
Impact factor
ISSN 0004-8038
LCCN sf79010123
OCLC number Template:OCLC search link

The Auk is a quarterly peer-reviewed scientific journal and the official publication of the American Ornithologists' Union (AOU). It was established in 1884. The journal contains articles relating scientific studies of the anatomy, behavior, and distribution of birds. The journal is named for the Great Auk, the symbol of the AOU.


There have been 16 editors-in-chief; the current editor is Michael Murphy (Portland State University, 2010–present).

Past editors are:

  • Spencer G. Sealy (University of Manitoba) 2005–2009
  • Kimberly G. Smith (University of Arkansas) 2000–2004
  • Thomas E. Martin (University of Montana) 1997–1998
  • Gary D. Schnell (University of Oklahoma 1991–1996
  • Alan Brush (University of Connecticut) 1985–1990
  • John A. Wiens (Stony Brook University) 1977–1984
  • Oliver L. Austin (Florida Museum of Natural History) 1968–1976
  • Robert M. Mengel (University of Kansas) 1963–1967
  • Eugene Eisenmann (American Museum of Natural History) 1958–1962
  • Robert W. Storer (University of Michigan) 1953–1957
  • Harvey I. Fisher (University of Illinois) 1948–1952
  • John T. Zimmer (American Museum of Natural History) 1942–1947
  • Glover M. Allen (Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University) 1937–1942
  • Witmer Stone (Academy of Natural Sciences) 1912–1936
  • J. A. Allen (American Museum of Natural History) 1884–1911

See also

  • List of ornithology journals

External links

  • The Auk
  • BioOne: The Auk. Vol. 117 (2000) onwards; free HTML abstracts, subscription required for PDF full text.
  • The Auk. Vol. 1–118 (1884–2001) free PDF/DejaVu full text.

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