Wader Study

Wader Study is the international journal of shorebird science. Up to 2014 (volume 121) it was published under the name Wader Study Group Bulletin. Wader Study publishes peer-reviewed papers on the results of shorebird research from all parts of the world. It provides a forum for wader-related news, notices, advances in study techniques, expedition reports as well as comment and debate concerning shorebird research and conservation. It includes our Ageing and Sexing series.

We encourage amateur and professional scientists to submit their manuscripts to the journal, whether they are from preliminary studies and descriptive work, or completed scientific studies on any aspect of wader biology. Publishing manuscripts in Wader Study will ensure people studying and conserving waders throughout the world learn of your work.

Like the Bulletin, Wader Study is published three times per year and is included in the annual IWSG subscription.

Tables of content can be found here

Advantages of publishing in Wader Study

  • Dedicated support from Editors – ready to help get your paper in a high quality format and submitted (particularly to help people where English is not their first language);
  • Targeted readership – sharing your interests in shorebird research, management and conservation;
  • Unique DOI for each paper – making easy to access and share.

Mission statement

Wader Study aims to promote research and awareness of wader issues to a global audience, including professional and amateur ornithologists.

Launch Wader Study Leaflet, January 2015

Aims and Scope

Wader Study is an international scientific ornithological journal published by the International Wader Study Group. Wader Study is a dedicated outlet for original research and commentary on all aspects of wader biology, ecology and conservation. It also publishes society related issues, and matters of interest to the wader community. All published scientific studies (empirical and theoretical) are peer-reviewed and have direct relevance to the ecology and/or conservation of this group of birds.

Wader Study also serves as a forum for debate and discussion with contributions dedicated to engaging authors and readers with different backgrounds. The aim of these commentaries is to unite wader enthusiasts around the world, including professionals and amateurs. Wader Study is published three times a year in April, August and December.


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

Instructions for Authors and the Style Guide are available here.

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

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

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 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 figure.
  • Author who wish to donate to the production costs of Wader Study are asked to pay a page charge of €64 per page.

Editorial Board


Jacquie Clark – Co-Editor-in-Chief


Regional expertise: Europe, United States (mainly spring 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)

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 with Conservation Ecology Group, University of Groningen (Netherlands)


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

Conservation ecologist

Regional expertise: UK, Iceland, Portugal, Spain, The Netherlands, West Africa
Research expertise: migration ecology, foraging and breeding ecology, conservation, Black-tailed Godwits
Currently: Postdoctoral Researcher, in Portugal and Iceland

Deborah M. Buehler – Outreach editor

Published writer for various general audiences

Regional expertise: Panama, The Netherlands, Canada, United States, Mauritania
Research expertise: ecoimmunology, Red Knots
Currently: Research and Data Analyst in the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science (University of Toronto, Canada)

Luke Eberhart-Phillips – 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, Seewiesen, 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 at the British Trust for Ornithology (Thetford, UK)

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 at Coastal Solutions Fellows Program, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Cornell University (USA)

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, Aarhus University (Denmark) and University of Groningen (Netherlands)

Paul A. Smith – Editor; Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group Liaison

Shorebird scientist

Regional expertise: United States (incl. Alaska), Canada
Research expertise: Arctic breeding waders, population dynamics.
Currently: Research Scientist, Arctic Terrestrial Birds and Ecosystems, at Environment Canada, Science and Technology Branch (Ottawa, Canada)

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 in the 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

Emily L. Weiser – Editor

Conservation ecologist

Regional expertise: United States (incl. Alaska), New Zealand
Research expertise: population dynamics, breeding ecology, conservation genetics, Arctic ecology
Currently: Postdoctoral Researcher with the Arctic Shorebird Demographics Network, Kansas State University (USA)

Honorary editor

Humphrey Sitters

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