TWS journals: A new look & top downloads of 2021

By Cameron Kovach

The Wildlife Society’s journals have gotten a new, contemporary look. Credit: The Wildlife Society

You may have noticed a few changes to the appearance of The Journal of Wildlife Management, Wildlife Monographs and Wildlife Society Bulletin. After more than a decade without a change in design, TWS journals have received an updated look. This new contemporary design is intended to improve digital readability of TWS publications while also implementing new industry standards, like eLocators.

One of the most noticeable changes is a switch to a single column format. Over the past several years, TWS has seen a dramatic shift in how its journal content is consumed by members and beyond. In 2021, TWS printed around 2,000 issues of JWM for approximately 200 print subscribers. By comparison, digital article downloads exceeded 425,000 in 2021. Over the past five years, digital downloads of TWS Journal articles have increased by over 85%.

With more people reading TWS publications on computer screens, tablets, or cell phones, a switch to single column means larger text and less scrolling up and down. We’re certainly excited about this forward-looking layout and hope you too enjoy the new design. For a timeline of changes to TWS journals dating back to 1937 and some additional discussion on the new journal design, check out this editorial from the editors of all three TWS journals.

Wondering what your fellow wildlifers are reading? The table below includes the top 10 downloaded papers in 2021. Members of TWS receive free access to all TWS publications. To take advantage of this exclusive member benefit, simply log into Your Membership and go to the “Publications” tab.

Table. Top 10 most downloaded papers in 2021.

Title / Author(s) / Journal
Best Management Practices for Trapping Furbearers in the United States  (open access)

H. Bryant White, Gordon R. Batcheller, Edward K. Boggess, Clifford L. Brown, Joseph W. Butfiloski, Thomas A. Decker, John D. Erb, Michael W. Fall, David A. Hamilton, Tim L. Hiller, George F. Hubert Jr., Matthew J. Lovallo, John F. Olson, Nathan M. Roberts

Wildlife Monographs

Climate change effects on deer and moose in the Midwest (open access)

Sarah R. Weiskopf, Olivia E. Ledee, Laura M. Thompson

The Journal of Wildlife Management

Stakeholder trust in a state wildlife agency  (free access for TWS members)

Shawn J. Riley, J. Kevin Ford, Heather A. Triezenberg, Patrick E. Lederle

The Journal of Wildlife Management

Effects of Wind Turbine Curtailment on Bird and Bat Fatalities  (open access)

K. Shawn Smallwood, Douglas A. Bell

The Journal of Wildlife Management

Sage‐Grouse Population Dynamics are Adversely Affected by Overabundant Feral Horses (open access)

Peter S. Coates, Shawn T. O’neil, Diana A. MuÑoz, Ian A. Dwight, John C. Tull

The Journal of Wildlife Management

Dynamics, Persistence, and Genetic Management of the Endangered Florida Panther Population (open access)

Madelon van de Kerk, David P. Onorato, Jeffrey A. Hostetler, Benjamin M. Bolker, Madan K. Oli

Wildlife Monographs

Preparing Wildlife for Climate Change: How Far Have We Come?  (free access for TWS members)

Olivia E. LeDee, Stephen D. Handler, Christopher L. Hoving, Christopher W. Swanston, Benjamin Zuckerberg

The Journal of Wildlife Management

ctmmweb: A Graphical User Interface for Autocorrelation‐Informed Home Range Estimation  (open access)

Justin M. Calabrese, Christen H. Fleming, Michael J. Noonan, Xianghui Dong

Wildlife Society Bulletin

Effects of future sea level rise on coastal habitat (open access)

Betsy Von Holle, Jennifer L. Irish, Annette Spivy, John F. Weishampel, Anne Meylan, Matthew H. Godfrey, Mark Dodd, Sara H. Schweitzer, Tim Keyes, Felicia Sanders, Melissa K. Chaplin, Nick R. Taylor

The Journal of Wildlife Management

Increased scientific rigor will improve reliability of research and effectiveness of management (free access for TWS members)

Sarah N. Sells, Sarah B. Bassing, Kristin J. Barker, Shannon C. Forshee, Allison C. Keever, James W. Goerz, Michael S. Mitchell

The Journal of Wildlife Management

Thank you to Associate Editors and Reviewers!

As a final note, TWS would like to express our sincere gratitude to all of the associate editors and reviewers who contributed to the success of TWS Journals in 2021. Without your efforts, the quality of our journals could not be sustained. Thank you!

Associate editors and reviewers are essential to the publication process and our editors are constantly looking to expand our base of topic area experts. Should you be called upon to fill one of these important roles, I encourage you to answer the call (or assist our editors in finding a suitable individual). Click here for additional information about TWS publications, including contact information and author guidelines.


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