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 full issues for the current year will be provided to full IBA members twice-yearly. Back issues of Ursus can be purchased by contacting the IBA Director of Transition.

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. 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 Treasurer 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. A letter to the IBA Treasurer 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. Interested in submitting a manuscript? Click below for more information.

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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.

A circumpolar monitoring framework for polar bears

Dag Vongraven, Jon Aars, Steve Amstrup, Stephen N. Atkinson, Stanislav Belikov, et. al. , 2012

Population viability for grizzly bears – a critical review

Boyce, M. S., B. M. Blanchard, R. R. Knight, and C. Servheen , 2001

Density-dependent population regulation of black, brown, and polar bears

Taylor, M. , 1994

The status and conservatin of the bears of the world

Serveen, C. , 1990

A proposed delineation of critical grizzly bear habitat in the Yellowstone region

Craighead, J. J. , 1977

Counts of unique females with cubs in the Apennine brown bear population, 2006–2014

Elisabetta Tosoni, Luigi Boitani, Gianluca Mastrantonio, Roberta Latini, and Paolo Ciucci , 2017

Assessment of key reproductive traits in the Apennine brown bear population

Elisabetta Tosoni, Luigi Boitani, Leonardo Gentile, Vincenzo Gervasi, Roberta Latini, et. al. , 2017

Food habits of a small Florida black bear population in an endangered ecosystem

Sean M. Murphy, Wade A. Ulrey, Joseph M. Guthrie, David S. Maehr, Warren G. Abrahamson, et. al. , 2017

Evaluation of intercept feeding to reduce livestock depredation by grizzly bears

Andrea T. Morehouse, and Mark S. Boyce , 2017

Use of spatial capture–recapture to estimate density of Andean bears in northern Ecuador

Santiago Molina, Angela K. Fuller, Dana J. Morin, and J. Andrew Royle , 2017

Publication Announcements

The cover of Ursus has been redesigned beginning Volume 24 (2013). The front cover of each issue will now include an image related to one of the articles within the issue.

The full text of each issue of Ursus beginning with Volume 15 (calendar year 2004) is available online to subscribers of BioOne.

Since Volume 15 (2004), Ursus is covered by Thomson ISI in their products Current Contents/Agriculture, Biology and Environmental Sciences, and Science Citation Index Expanded.

The 2012 ISI Impact Factor for Ursus was 0.795 (98th of 149 journals in Zoology).

Ursus is also sent in print form directly from our publisher, Allen Press, to full IBA subscribers, twice yearly.