Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds

Simultaneously to the publication of the article "First record of Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) on the island of Porto Santo, Portugal" no AIRO, the journal Dutch Birding published one paper describing the presence and breeding of this species in Porto Santo. This article is entitled  "Long-eared Owls breeding on Porto Santo, Madeira, in July 2020" ( https://www.dutchbirding.nl/journal/43/1).

VOLUME 28 | Year 2021

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VOLUME 29 | Year 2021

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AIRO is a peer-reviewed ornithological scientific journal published by the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA). AIRO publishes original research articles focused on the ecology and conservation of birds from the Iberian Peninsula, Macaronesia and Portuguese-speaking African countries.  The journal was first published in 1990 (by the Institute for the Conservation of Nature) and was annually printed until 2015. From 2017, AIRO moved to online only publication, joining the open-access system. All published articles are freely available from the journal website.



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Airo publishes articles from all fields of ornithology, preferentially from studies performed in the Iberian Peninsula, Macaronesia archipelagos and Portuguese-speaking African countries. The articles can be written in either Portuguese or English but English is preferred and the editorial board reserves the right to request authors to translate the article into English. The article submission should be sent by email to spea@spea.pt with the reference “Airo submission” in the subject. The editorial board will return a submission receipt and will contact at least two experts for reviewing the article or short note.

The article's acceptance will depend on these experts' reviews. Authors will be contacted about the acceptance/ rejection decision (with or without required changes) within three months. Articles with the required changes should be returned before the deadline set by editorial board. Before being published online, authors will receive a pdf draft. At this stage, only typographic corrections will be accepted. Once the revision process is concluded the article will be immediately published online at the journal website, and assigned to a Volume that reunites all articles from one year. 


Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies, University of Lisbon 

Departamento de Biologia Animal

Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa

Bloco C2, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisboa, Portugal

Teresa Catry
spea@spea.pt | (+351) 21 322 04 30

Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA)

Avenida Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro, 87, 3.º Andar

1070-062 LISBOA