Journal Information

Avocetta publishes peer-reviewed original research, meta-analyses, reviews and short communications in a variety of ornithological fields including ecology, behavioural ecology, ethology, phylogeography, taxonomy, biogeography, and conservation. Although we accept contributions from any region of the world, the journal’s main target attains to the Palearctic bioregion.

Founded in 1953, Avocetta has been regularly published since 1978 by the CISO (Centro Italiano Studi Ornitologici). Avocetta does not charge publication fees to authors and is therefore a “diamond open-access” journal.

Since 2022, the journal is published exclusively online to guarantee the fastest editorial process and worldwide accessibility. In 2023, we opted for continuous publishing to further fasten the availability of accepted manuscripts.

As an open-access journal, AVOCETTA provides a unique opportunity to publish high-quality contents that will be internationally accessible to any reader at no cost.

We trust in open-access science: authors publishing with Avocetta retain the copyright to their work, under the Common-Creative Attribution-ShareAlike (CC-BY-SA) license.

The use of this non-restrictive licence lists Avocetta among the most open ornithological journals worldwide.

Authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge for publishing.


AVOCETTA is indexed in :

SCOPUS  (currently Q3 of the subject area category ‘Animal Science and Zoology’),

Zoological Record, BIOSIS Citation Index, Google Scholar

and in the DOAJ repository of open-access journals



Current citation scores for Avocetta as calculated by SCOPUS:

NOTE: being indexed in SCOPUS, publications in AVOCETTA contribute to the Indicators for Italian National Scientific Qualification (ASN)


A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) will be assigned to each paper or short note accepted for publishing in AVOCETTA.

The Editorial Board guarantee a fast, but rigorous, peer-review process (about 28 days).

Once accepted the article will be immediately published online as an ‘early view’ paper with an assigned DOI.


ISSN: 2420-9589 (Online) ISSN: 0404-4266 (Print)


AVOCETTA is a journal edited by the C.I.S.O. (Centro Italiano Studi Ornitologici – Italian Centre for Ornithological Studies) see

The association CISO is based at the University of Palermo, Sicily, Italy:

Associazione Centro Italiano Studi Ornitologici ONLUS.

Fiscal/Tax Code (C.F.): 97277440828

Dipartimento SAF (Scienze Agrarie e Forestali) dell’Università degli Studi di Palermo

Viale delle Scienze, Edificio 4 – Ingresso H, 90128 Palermo

Current Elected President of the CISO: Prof. Maurizio Sarà, University of Palermo