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BOU2017 crowded foyer for blogWhy join?

Join our global membership, a supported and supportive network of connected ornithologists from every continent working across borders and disciplines to research and conserve our world’s birds. This diverse network includes scientists and conservationists from academia, government, non-government and not-for-profit organisations.

Benefits to you include include:

  • Unlimited online access to IBIS – the BOU’s international journal of avian science, with access to all issues back to 1859. 160 years of ornithology!
  • Member rates for BOU conferences
  • Eligibility to apply for member research grants
  • Eligibility to apply for member early career bursaries
  • Eligibility to apply for member travel grants
  • Discount on selected Wiley books

See different member categories for all benefits.

In addition, only members can serve on BOU committee and our governing Council. You can self-nominate for any position when calls for nominations are made, and by joining a committee or Council you can help shape the future of the BOU.

As a member you support he BOU’s ongoing support of the ornithological community around the world.

Which membership category is right for you?

Ordinary member from £45 per annum.
Ordinary member is open to anyone and forms around 75% of our overall membership. Includes an online subscription to IBIS and other benefits.

Early-career researcher member (students & post-docs) from £20 per annum.
A reduced-rate subscription for students and those up to five years post their last degree. Includes an online subscription to IBIS and many other benefits.

Low- and middle-income country member from £10 per annum.
For those from and/or living in a low- or middle-income country. Includes an online subscription to IBIS.

IBIS – the international journal of avian science

IBIS publishes original papers, reviews and short communications reflecting the forefront of research activity in ornithological science, but with special emphasis on the conservation, ecology, ethology and systematics of birds. IBIS aims to publish as rapidly as is consistent with the requirements of peer-review and normal publishing constraints.

Over 160 years of ornithological publishing now online
IBIS has been published continuously since 1859 and all online content is available to members and institutes – thats over 150 years of ornithology at your fingertips!

Plus online supplementary material
One of the great benefits of online publication is that you can include all manner of supporting items that you can’t include in a paper journal – additional data and supporting research, video, sound files, etc. Over 50% of papers now carry supplementary material and members are able to view a wide range of supplementary material hosted online for many IBIS papers.