Ursus includes peer reviewed articles on all aspects of bear research, management, and conservation worldwide. Beginning with 2019 Issues, Ursus will be completely online. Access to articles for the current year will be provided to  IBA members through the online IBA membership system as the articles are published. Back issues of Ursus can be purchased by contacting the IBA Director of Operations and Programs.

In addition to manuscripts reporting original research, submissions may be based on thoughtful review and synthesis of previously-reported information, innovative philosophies and opinions, and public policy or legal aspects of wildlife conservation. Notes of general interest are also welcome. Invited manuscripts will be clearly identified, but will still be subject to peer review. All manuscripts must be in English. All manuscripts are peer-reviewed, and subject to rigorous editorial standards.

Publication charges: The IBA, the parent organization of Ursus, is a non-profit, nonsubsidized membership organization. As such, it levies publication charges for papers accepted for publication to assist financing of Ursus. Starting in 2019 URSUS is going online only and charges for publication will no longer be assessed per page, but will be assessed as a two-tiered flat fee: articles 10 pages or less will be charged $500 and those longer than 10 pages will be charged $700, with a one-year embargo for availability on the IBA website. This length cut-off corresponds to the median number of pages (10.5) of papers published in the journal in 2017 – 2018. Generally, a paper consisting of 10 published pages will result from a manuscript consisting of about 25 pages with double spacing. If authors wish to have articles published immediately on the IBA website, without the embargo, there will be an additional open access charge of $400.00; the extra charge helps replace revenue that will be lost from citation services (e.g. BioOne) during the first year after publication. The Short Communications category will be retained for authors who want to signal that their article is just that; any article labelled as such must be 10 pages or less in length. Invoices for publication charges are sent to authors by the IBA Director of Operations and Programs when the length of accepted papers has been determined. An application (no fixed deadline) can be made to IBA for an in-kind publication grant to cover all or part of the publication charges for papers from projects where these charges cannot be met. Papers receiving a publication grant cannot be published Open Access. A letter to the IBA Director of Operations and Programs outlining the request for an exemption from publication charges should be made as early as possible.Ursus now provides PDF files of final articles to authors, free of charge.

E-offprint terms and conditions for papers published in Ursus:

  1. Ursus will provide a pdf of papers published in Ursus free of charge to the corresponding author shortly after it has been published online by BioOne.  As long as the full bibliographic reference is given, the authors may use the pdf for educational or research purposes, personal compilations or other publications of their own work, or shared it with colleagues and anyone who requests it.  Authors are not permitted to sell the article or use it for commercial purposes.  The IBA will notify members of the publication of the paper, which they can access through BioOne as IBA members.  Nonmembers with access to a BioOne account can also access the paper for free.
  2. If the authors have paid the Open Access fee, BioOne will make access to the paper open and free for everyone and it will be posted on the IBA website shortly after publication.  The authors may also post their paper on websites that are open to the public.
  3. If the authors have not paid the Open Access fee, the papers will be subject to a 1-year embargo, during which they  may not be posted on publicly open websites.  After 1 year, they are fee to do so.  The IBA will also post the pdf on their website, which is open to everyone, after 1 year.

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All URSUS articles are listed below in order of most recent publication to oldest. The articles are also searchable using the search box below.

From worship to subjugation: Understanding stories about bears to inform conservation efforts

Courtney Hughes, Beatrice Frank, Natalka A. Melnycky, Nicholas T. Yarmey, Jenny Anne Glikman , 2020

Preliminary icebreaker-based survey of polar bears around Franz Josef Land, Russia

Igor Popov, Iuliia Davydova , 2020

The role of spring temperatures in the den exit of female brown bears with cubs in southwestern Europe

Enrique González-Bernardo, Giulia Bombieri, María del Mar Delgado, Vincenzo Penteriani , 2020

Seasonal variation in the diet of sloth bears in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh, India

Tahir Ali Rather, Shaizah Tajdar, Sharad Kumar, Jamal Ahmed Khan , 2020

An open-access occurrence database for Andean bears in Peru

Nereyda Falconi, Todd K. Fuller, Stephen DeStefano, John F. Organ , 2020

Diet of Andean bears in Tamá National Natural Park, Colombia

Carlos H. Cáceres-Martínez, Luis R. Sánchez Montano, Aldemar A. Acevedo, José F. González-Maya , 2020

Sloth bear attacks on the Deccan Plateau of Karnataka, India

Thomas Robert Sharp, Shanmugavelu Swaminathan, Attur Shanmugan Arun, Tom Smith, Kartick Satyanarayan, Geeta Seshamani , 2020

Andean bear diet near to and far from a road

Lucero Hernani-Lineros, Emilia Garcia, Luis F. Pacheco , 2020

A model to predict the occurrence of Asiatic black bears at the municipal level using mast production data

Daisuke Fujiki , 2021

Den structure and selection of denning habitat by brown bears in the Romanian Carpathians

Ruben Iosif, Mihai I. Pop, Silviu Chiriac, Radu M. Sandu, Lajos Berde, Szilárd Szabó, Laurenţiu Rozylowicz, Viorel D. Popescu , 2020

URSUS 2021

Published by the International Association for Bear Research and Management

Jon E. Swenson, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway

Deputy Editor
Jerrold L. Belant, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi, USA

Associate Editors
Eva Bellemain, Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Paolo Ciucci, University of Rome, Rome, Italy
Cecily Costello, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Kalispell, Montana, USA
Malcolm Fitz-Earle, Capilano University, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
David Hamer, Canmore, Alberta, Canada
Grant V. Hilderbrand, National Park Service Alaska Range, Anchorage, Alaska, USA
John McDonald, Westfield State University, Westfield, Massachusetts, USA
Craig R. McLaughlin, Colorado Division of Wildlife, Denver, Colorado, USA
Sterling Miller, Dunrovin Research, Lolo, Montana, USA
Owen Nevin, Central Queensland University, Gladstone, Queensland, Australia
Martyn Obbard, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Andrés Ordiz, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway
Johanna Painer, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria
Vincenzo Penteriani, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Mieres, Spain
Shyamala Ratnayeke, Sunway University, Bandar Sunway, Selangor, Malaysia
S. Sathyakumar, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
Nuria Selva, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków, Poland
Agnieszka Sergiel, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków, Poland
Richard T. Shideler, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
William Siemer, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
Sam M.J.G. Steyaert, Nord University, Steinkjer, Norway
Nathan J. Svoboda, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Kodiak, Alaska, USA
Sandra L. Talbot, US Geological Survey, Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Frank T. van Manen, Grizzly Bear Study Team, USGS – BRD, Bozeman, Montana, USA
John S. Waller, Glacier National Park, West Glacier, Montana, USA
Koji Yamazaki, Tokyo University of Agriculture, Tokyo, Japan

Technical Editor
Tracy Estabrook Boal, Lubbock, Texas, USA

Ursus (ISSN 1537-6176) was previously published twice a year in hard copy format. With Volume 30 in 2019, Ursus is an online-only journal. Articles are now available online as they are published. Ursus is covered by Current Contents/Agriculture, Biology & Environmental Sciences, and Scientific Citation Index Expanded (as an SCI journal receives an impact factor from Thomson Scientific) and is indexed in BIOSIS/Biological Abstracts/Zoological Record, Wildlife Worldwide (NISC), and J-gate (India). Ursus is also available online to subscribers of BioOne and current members of the International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA) through the online membership system. To submit a manuscript, visit the Editorial Manger Page through PeerTrack.  For information, contact the new Editor, Jon Swenson. On how to order this issue, earlier volumes, or become a member of the IBA (for access to current Ursus articles and the International Bear News, the tri-annual newsletter of the International Association for Bear Research and Management), contact Jennapher Teunissen van Manen, IBA Director of Operations and Programs, Bozeman, MT 59715, USA.

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