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Tagging the launch of Animal Biotelemetry

BioMed Central

Open access publisher BioMed Central is proud to announce the launch of Animal Biotelemetry. This journal joins our growing portfolio in ecology and conservation and marks a significant development in the area of Animal Biotelemetry research.

A challenge that confronts all researchers who collect vast quantities of data, be they behavioural measurements such as an animal's height or depth, flying or swimming speeds, movement along three axes, or environmental measurements of temperature and irradiance levels, is how best to distil them in order to answer important scientific and conservation or species management questions.

Animal Biotelemetry aims to serve as a forum for discussion to these questions, where insights gained through telemetric techniques can be used to understand physiological, behavioural, and ecological mechanisms in a wide range of animal taxa.

Deborah Kahn, BioMed Central's Publishing Director said, "BioMed Central is very pleased to be launching Animal Biotelemetry, which will support the telemetry community and the important conservation goals that they are striving to achieve. This journal is an exciting new addition to our growing portfolio in ecology and conservation and, through the Open Access model, researchers can be confident that their work can be disseminated as widely as possible within their field, as well as reach policy makers and the general public."

Dr A. Peter Klimley is the Editor-in-Chief of Animal Biotelemetry, together with an editorial board of prominent experts. Dr Klimley has spent nearly thirty years studying shark behavior and was one of the first scientists to free-dive among sharks, sometimes swimming in schools of several hundred sharks.

Articles in the launch issue of Animal Biotelemetry include how long-life batteries and satellite tagging have been used to fill in the blanks of female white sharks' (Carcharodon carcharias) migratory behaviour. This research by Dr Michael Domeier and Nicole Nasby-Lucas, from the California based Marine Conservation Science Institute, shows that pregnant females follow a two year migratory pattern in the Pacific Ocean between the mating area at Guadalupe Island and nursery in Baja California where the pups are born.

Dr Klimley explained, "Michael Domeier has published the first multi-year tracks of the migratory movements of white sharks. He has found that sharks migrate around the coast of the Baja Peninsula and swim up the coast to the base of Gulf of California. His long-term records enable us to better know the life history of this charismatic species."

There is an editorial by Dr Klimley, plus a study describing pop-up satellite archival transmitters for European eels, and an article describing the use of UV radiation to sterilise equipment in order to prevent infections in tagged animals.

Commenting on the launch Dr Klimley said, "The publication of Animal Biotelemetry will provide a new venue for publishing information on the migratory movements of fish, reptiles, birds, and mammals on land as well as in the sea. It will enable researchers to keep up with the rapidly evolving technologies. Researchers can now record brain waves from migrating birds as they encounter landmarks and track the migratory paths of insects such as butterflies."


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Notes to Editors

1. Editorial: Why publish Animal Biotelemetry?

A. Peter Klimley

Animal Biotelemetry 2013, 1:1

Two-year migration of adult female white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) reveals widely separated nursery areas and conservation concerns

Michael L Domeier and Nicole Nasby-Lucas

Animal Biotelemetry 2013 1:2.

Recommendations on size and position of surgically and gastrically implanted electronic tags in European silver eel

Finn Økland and Eva B Thorstad

Animal Biotelemetry 2013 1:3

Ultraviolet Radiation as Disinfection for Fish Surgical Tools

Ricardo W Walker, Meng Markillie, Alison H Colotelo, David R Geist, Marybeth Gay, Christa M Woodley, Brad Eppard and Richard S Brown Animal Biotelemetry 2013 1:4

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2. Animal Biotelemetry is an open access peer-reviewed journal that publishes the results of studies utilizing telemetric techniques (including biologgers) to understand physiological, behavioural, and ecological mechanisms in a broad range of environments (e.g. terrestrial, freshwater and marine) and taxa. The journal also welcomes descriptions and validations of newly developed tagging techniques and tracking technologies, as well as methods for analyzing telemetric data.

3. BioMed Central is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher which has pioneered the open access publishing model. All peer-reviewed research articles published by BioMed Central are made immediately and freely accessible online, and are licensed to allow redistribution and reuse. BioMed Central is part of Springer Science+Business Media, a leading global publisher in the STM sector. @BioMedCentral

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