Wader Study

Wader Study is the international journal of shorebird science published by the International Wader Study Group. We publish peer-reviewed papers on shorebird research from all parts of the world – including preliminary studies, descriptive work, methodological studies and completed scientific studies on all aspects of wader biology, ecology and conservation. Wader Study also includes our wader Ageing and Sexing series, Virtual Issues, and is a forum for debate and discussion including wader-related news, notices and commentary. It is published three times a year and is included in the annual IWSG subscription.

More information on Types of Contributions.

Most recent issues

Ageing & Sexing series

Virtual Issues

Why publish in Wader Study?

We encourage a wide range of contributions to the journal, from professional ornithologists, volunteers, students and conservation practitioners.

  • Dedicated support from Editors – Each member of our team of editors is happy to help you ensure your contribution is in a high quality format.
  • Language support – We particularly provide help to those whose first language is not English.
  • Peer review – All scientific contributions are peer-reviewed by a wide range of helpful reviewers from around the world.
  • Targeted readership – Contributions to Wader Study reach your target audience of dedicated wader workers.
  • DOI – A unique DOI for each paper makes it easy to locate and share.
  • Altmetric Attention Score – The online attention to each paper is measured through this score, and can be tracked by the authors.
  • Contents promoted on social media – Our dedicated Publishing & Media Editor publicises all contributions through social media.
  • Spotlight – One paper from each issue is ‘Spotlighted’ with a popular version of the text which is published in the journal.


Wader Study publishes several types of articles and authors must clearly indicate which type of contribution is being submitted.

Contributions must be on studies with a clear focus on waders in these families: Chionidae (Sheathbills), Pluvianellidae (Magellanic Plover), Burhinidae (Stone-curlews, Thick-knees), Pluvianidae (Egyptian Plover), Recurvirostridae (Stilts, Avocets), Ibidorhynchidae (Ibisbill), Haematopodidae (Oystercatchers), Charadriidae (Plovers), Pedionomidae (Plains-wanderer), Thinocoridae (Seedsnipes), Rostratulidae (Painted-snipes), Jacanidae (Jacanas), Scolopacidae (Sandpipers, Snipes), Dromadidae (Crab-plover), Glareolidae (Coursers, Pratincoles).

Please direct all submissions and questions to the Editorial Board. Material should be sent by email to

Instructions for Authors and the Style Guide are available here.

Our Zotero and Mendeley compatible Citation Style can be downloaded here.

Rates for open access, colour charges and voluntary page charges
Wader Study is accessible for members-only, although online content as rule will become open access two years after publication. Papers in the printed version of Wader Study are standard non-colour. We offer however Open Access and Colour Printing at a charge. These charges will contribute to ensure the future of Wader Study.

  • Authors who wish their paper to be immediately widely available through Open Access can choose to pay an Open Access Charge of €700 for any authors who are members of the IWSG and €750 for non-members. This means that the Early Online version of your paper and later the final version will be publicly available. To choose this option, please contact
  • Authors who wish to make use of the option to have colour photos or figures in the print version of their article are asked to pay a charge of €80 per colour page.
  • Authors who wish to donate to the production costs of Wader Study are asked to pay a page charge of €64 per page.
  • Copyright – International Wader Study Group.  Authors who pay for Open Access may self-archive their paper straight away. Authors who do not pay for Open Access may self-archive their paper two years after it was originally published.

Editorial Board


Jesse R. Conklin – Co-Editor-in-Chief; Style and design coordinator
Scientist, and (former) graphic designer
Regional expertise: United States (incl. Alaska), South Korea, China, New Zealand
Research expertise: Arctic breeding waders, migration ecology, moult, Bar-tailed Godwits, population genetics
Currently: Postdoctoral Researcher, Conservation Ecology Group, University of Groningen (Netherlands)

Jacquie Clark – Co-Editor-in-Chief
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Regional expertise: Europe, United States (mainly spring passage), China (autumn passage), some experience elsewhere
Research expertise: migration ecology, mass, moult, effects of severe weather, bird ringing
Currently: Ornithologist, Research Associate, British Trust for Ornithology (UK)


José A. Alves – Editor; Language assistance coordinator for Spanish and Portuguese

Conservation ecologist
Regional expertise: Iceland, Iberia, West Africa
Research expertise: migration ecology, foraging and breeding ecology, conservation, Black-tailed Godwits
Currently: Senior Researcher, University of Aveiro (Portugal) and University of Iceland (Iceland)

Luke Eberhart-Hertel – Editor

Population ecologist
Regional expertise: North American Pacific coast, Madagascar
Research expertise: Charadrius plovers, mating systems, parental care, demography, field methods
Currently: Postdoctoral Researcher, Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology (Germany)

Samantha Franks – Editor

Conservation ecologist
Regional expertise: Canada, United States (incl. Alaska), UK
Research expertise: Arctic breeding waders, migration ecology, population dynamics, moult, foraging ecology, Western Sandpipers, stable isotopes
Currently: Research ecologist, British Trust for Ornithology (UK)

Eunbi Kwon – Editor
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Shorebird Scientist
Regional expertise: United States (incl. Alaska)
Research expertise: breeding phenology, migration ecology, life-history traits, climate change
Currently: Postdoctoral Researcher, Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology (Germany)

Natalia S. Martínez-Curci – Editor
Conservation Ecologist
Regional expertise: Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, United States
Research expertise: feeding ecology, migration ecology, landscape ecology, conservation
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow, Coastal Solutions Fellows Program, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Cornell University (USA), and Universidad Austral de Chile (Chile)

Jeroen Reneerkens – Editor

Scientist running a long-term international research project on Sanderling
Regional expertise: The Netherlands, Ghana, Mauritania, Mongolia, Iceland, Greenland, Canada (Ellesmere Island)
Research expertise: Arctic breeding waders, Sanderling, population dynamics, mating strategies, migration ecology, endocrinology
Currently: Postdoctoral Researcher, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (Netherlands)

Mo A. Verhoeven – Editor
Regional expertise: western Europe, New England and NW-Australia
Research expertise: Breeding and migration ecology of birds
Currently: Researcher, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and University of Groningen

Yvonne I. Verkuil – Editor

Scientifically thinking do-it-all
Regional expertise: The Netherlands, Ukraine, Canada, Argentina, New Zealand
Research expertise: population genetics, feeding ecology
Currently: Research and Teaching Assistant, Conservation Ecology Group, University of Groningen (Netherlands); Personal Assistant of Prof. dr. Theunis Piersma; chair of the International Wader Study Group; IUCN representative in the CMS Flyways Working Group

Juan G. Navedo – Editor
Regional expertise: Pacific America Flyway, East Atlantic Flyway, Patagonian Flyway
Research expertise: integrative biology, trophic ecology, intertidal & anthropogenic habitats
Currently: Associate Professor at the Institute of Marine Science at Universidad Austral de Chile

Jennifer Linscott – Editor

Conservation ecologist
Regional expertise: North America
Research expertise: migration, landscape ecology, remote sensing, conservation
Currently: PhD Student, University of Massachusetts Amherst (USA)

Scott Flemming – Editor

Regional expertise: Arctic, Canada, Pacific Flyway
Research expertise: Arctic ecology, rocky intertidal shorebirds, nest-site selection, migration and foraging ecology, population dynamics
Currently: Shorebird and Waterbird Biologist, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Nathan Senner – Editor

Regional expertise: North and South America, and Western Europe
Research expertise: Movement Ecology, Population Dynamics, Eco-Physiology, and Conservation
Currently: Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Special feature coordinators

José A. Alves, University of Aveiro (Portugal) & University of Iceland (Iceland)

Deborah M. Buehler, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (Canada)

Wading through Literature
Linus Hedh, Lund University (Sweden)

Thesis Abstracts
Josh Nightingale, University of Aveiro (Portugal)

Notes & News
Gwenaël Quaintenne, BirdLife France (France)

Publishing & Media Editor
Camilo Carneiro,  South Iceland Research Centre (Iceland) & University of Aveiro (Portugal)

Honorary editor
Humphrey Sitters
Regional expertise: UK, United States, Chile, Australia, and beyond
Research expertise: Oystercatchers, moult
Currently: Shorebird Ecologist and honorary Research Fellow, Department of Biosciences, Exeter University (UK)