Editorial Board
Publisher and subscriptions
Open access policy
Citations and indexing
Journal scope



Academic Editor: Peter K. McGregor, ISPA University Institute, Lisbon, Portugal
American Editor: A. G. Horn, Dalhousie University, Canada
Managing Editor: Richard Ranft, The British Library Sound Archive, London, UK
Associate Editor: David Reby, Equipe NeuroEthologie Sensorielle, Université de Lyon/St Etienne, France

Editorial Board

M.C.P Amorim University of Lisbon, Portugal
R. Balakrishnan Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
M. A Bee University of Minnesota, USA
K. McComb University of Sussex, UK
R. D Magrath Australian National University, Australia
E. H. Miller Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
J. Sueur Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, France

Publisher and subscriptions

Bioacoustics is published by Taylor and Francis in association with The British Library Sound Archive

Print ISSN: 0952-4622
Online ISSN: 2165-0586

For details including subscriptions:

Taylor & Francis Group, 4 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, OX14 4RN, United Kingdom

Open access policy

See: https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=tbio20&p...

Authors can choose from three publication routes:

  • First, to publish as previously. The published paper will be available to subscribers, or via the Taylor & Francis website on payment of a reprint fee; there is no article publishing charge. Authors choosing this route can take up a form of open access by depositing their accepted manuscript in a repository after an embargo period (known as “Green OA”), as outlined in more detail below.
  • Second, via Open Select. The published paper is open access via the Taylor & Francis website; Open Select involves payment of an article publishing charge (after the refereeing process has been completed), whereupon the article becomes freely available on line. It is referred to by RCUK as the “Gold OA” route, and RCUK and WT-funded authors must choose the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence to be compliant with RCUK and WT policy, which our journal does offer as a licence option.
  • Third, the “Green OA” route. The final version of the accepted MS (the author accepted manuscript) can be deposited in an institutional or subject repository after a 12 month embargo period; there is no article publishing charge; there is no link from the Taylor & Francis website to the repository, but authors may wish to include a link to their final published paper (the version of record) within the accepted MS, to encourage usage and citation of the version of record.

Since 1st April 2013 in the UK, open access publication has been mandatory if the research has been funded by the Research Council UK (RCUK) or Wellcome Trust (WT). Authors affected by this change will be pleased to know that Bioacoustics is part of the Taylor & Francis Open Select programme and therefore complies with RCUK and WT requirements.

Citations and indexing

The Bioacoustics journal impact factor for 2022 is 1.8

The Bioacoustics journal is abstractedand indexed by:


  • Biological Sciences, Core
  • CSA Neurosciences Abstracts (Online) (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts), Selective


  • Academic Search Complete
  • Biological Abstracts (Online)
  • Current Abstracts
  • TOC Premier (Table of Contents)
  • Wildlife & Ecology Studies Worldwide

Elsevier BV:

  • Scopus, 1990-ongoing


  • ArticleFirst, vol.1, no.1, 1988-vol.20, no.1, 2010
  • PsycFIRST, vol.11, no.3, 2001-vol.18, no.2, 2008

Thomson Reuters:

  • Biological Abstracts (Online)
  • BIOSIS Previews
  • Current Contents
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • Web of Science
  • Zoological Record Online


  • Referativnyi Zhurnal

Wildlife Review Abstracts


  • A cumulative index to Bioacoustics volumes 1-5 (1988-1994) was published in vol 6, 89-99.
  • A cumulative index to Bioacoustics volumes 6-10 (1995-1999) was published in vol 12, 83-91.
  • A cumulative index to Bioacoustics volumes 11-15 (2000-2006) was published in vol 16, 91-98.

Journal scope

Research papers

The Bioacoustics journal primarily publishes reports of original research and review articles on animal sound communication.

Conference papers

The journal occasionally includes reports and abstracts or full papers from conferences, in particular those organised by the International Bioacoustics Council (IBAC), as follows:

11th IBAC Symposium. Cambridge, UK, 14-17 September 1989 Bioacoustics 2(2): 163-170
12th IBAC Symposium. Osnabrück, Germany, 5-8 September 1991 Bioacoustics 4(1): 59-75
13th IBAC Symposium, Møls, Denmark, 7-10 April 1994 Bioacoustics 6(1): 69-82
Society for Experimental Biology Biological Acoustics conference. St Andrews, UK, 3 April 1995 Bioacoustics 6(3): 215-220
14th IBAC Symposium. Potsdam, Germany, 19-22 October 1995, Bioacoustics 6(4): 297-324
Association for Research in Otolaryngology, Cetacean acoustics workshop. Florida, USA, 1996 Bioacoustics 8 (1-2): 1-182
15th IBAC Symposium. Pavia ,Italy, 24-26 October 1996 Bioacoustics 8(3-4): 249-279
16th IBAC Symposium.Texas, USA, 14-18 October 1997 Bioacoustics 9(2): 149-163
Institute of Acoustics Symposium, Underwater bio-sonar systems and bioacoustics. Loughborough, UK, 16-17 December 1997 Bioacoustics 9(3): 213-235
Fish Bioacoustics: Sensory Biology, Behavior and Practical Applications. May 30-June 2 2001, Illinois, USA Bioacoustics 12(2-3):97-341
17th IBAC Symposium. Chartres, France, 6-11 April 1999 Bioacoustics 13(1): 77-102
18th IBAC Symposium. Cogne , Italy, 3-6 September 2001 Bioacoustics 13(2): 175-207
International Conference on the Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life. Nyborg, Denmark, August 13-17, 2007 Bioacoustics 17(1-3): 1-350
21st IBAC Congress. Pavia, Italy, 15-18 September  2007 Bioacoustics 20(3):215-368
22nd IBAC Conference. Lisbon, Portugal, 14-18 September 2009 Bioacoustics 21(1): 3-85


Other articles

While academic papers form the bulk of the journal, from time to time we have published items which are intended to be of interest to the bioacoustics community in a somewhat broader sense than research papers. These sections are briefly described below. If you would like to comment on these developments or to suggest contributors, please email the Editor.

  • Reviews The journal regularly publishes articles and news on techniques and equipment for bioacoustics recording and analysis, reviews of bioacoustics books, CDs and other audio publications, and news of bioacoustics conferences.

  • Recent Bioacoustic Publications The journal has published lists of publications in the field of bioacoustics. These lists were compiled by Poul Hansen of The Natural History Museum, Århus, Denmark. References from 1993-2006 are available online on this site, divided into taxonomic or topic groupings as well as in a combined list.

  • Personal Perspectives Although bioacoustics is a relatively young discipline, we have a number of senior investigators who have seen, and in many cases been responsible for, rapid changes in the field. This section of the journal allows such individuals pretty much free reign to reminisce, advise on future directions and strategies, and comment on current trends and fashions. William N. Tavolga contributed the first such section in Vol. 6 No. 4, followed by Arthur Myrberg (Vol. 7 No. 2), David Pye (Vol. 7 No. 3) and Murray Littlejohn (Vol. 9 No 1).

  • Bioacoustics Research Groups This section is designed to identify active labs around the world so that the rest of the bioacoustics community can discover what they are doing and who is based in the group. The Centre for Sound Communication in Denmark is featured in Vol. 6 No 4, the bioacoustics research group at the University of Maryland featured in Vol. 7 No 1, and The Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics in vol 8 Nos 3-4.

  • News from the Collections An opportunity for major sound archives to inform the bioacoustics community of their role, interesting new facilities, "wish lists" of species requiring recording, etc. A report from the Humboldt University Animal Sound Archive (Berlin) appeared in Vol. 6 No 4, the Wildlife Section of the British Library Sound Archive in Vol 7 No 4, and The Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics in vol 8 Nos 3-4.

  • Noticeboard Somewhat similar to News from the Collections, but concentrating on announcements of conferences and of products and services, for example tape recorders, microphones, spectrum analysers and tape recorder servicing. The section first appeared in Vol. 7.

  • Techniques Articles Similar in style to articles we have run in the past, such as that on ultrasound by David Pye (1992, Vol. 4, pp. 77-88).



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