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OSJ 2024 Annual Meeting will be held at University of Tokyo.
The Ornithological Society of Japan was incorporated as a general incorporated association on January 4th.
OSJ 2023 Annual Meeting will be held at Kanazawa University.
OSJ 2022 Annual Meeting will be held at Tokyo University of Agriculture Okhotsk Campus.
OSJ 2021 Annual Meeting will be held online.
OSJ members-only page has been launched. You can make payment and change your personal information through the page.
OSJ 2020 Annual Meeting (Hokkaido-Okhotsk Campus, Tokyo University Of Agriculture) cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Website of the 26th IOC has been moved to a new location ( Please update old links. Thank you!
English website jas been renewed

Invitation to join the Ornithological Society of Japan

The Ornithological Society of Japan was established on May 3, 1912. Three years later, the Society launched its first official journal, ‘Tori’. Then, in 1986, Tori was renamed the Japanese Journal of Ornithology. The Society is the only ornithological society in Japan and currently has approximately 1,300 members. The main purposes and activities of the Society are the following:

1.Publishing two official journals, the Japanese Journal of Ornithology (in Japanese), and Ornithological Science (in English, online access only). Editions of both journals are released twice each year. Therefore, the Society’s major scientific communications to its members appear quarterly. Both journals include full-length original papers, short communications, review papers, book reviews and miscellaneous reports from the Society.
2.Holding an annual meeting. Participants can disseminate and discuss the results of their research in ornithology. Thus, these meetings facilitate the exchange of information among Society members.
3.Holding seminars and symposia. These sessions are usually open to both society members and the general public, and thus help disseminate information on current research in ornithology to a wide audience.
4.Publishing technical books and monographs. These specialist publications serve as a venue for the results and discussion of distinguished research. In the past, the Society has been involved with the publication of the following volumes: A Compendium of Ornithological Terms (2006, Dogura & Co., Ltd). The Checklist of Japanese Birds (revised 7th edition, 2012, Ornithological Society of Japan), Current Ornithology (1984, Asakura Publishing Co.), and The Birds of the South Kuriles (1979, Ornithological Society of Japan).
5.Maintaining strong contacts and continual involvement with appropriate academic institutions and organizations in Japan and abroad.


To become a member of the Ornithological Society of Japan, completethe membership application form and email it to the office of Membership Inquiry, with the appropriate payment. We encourage members to join in a supporting capacity, as this helps provide the Society with the economic resources essential to the continuation of its activities. For further details, contact the Society office.

Members of the Ornithological Society of Japan have the following privileges:

  1. Submission privileges for the Japanese Journal of Ornithology (Submission to 'Ornithological Science' is open to non-members).
  2. Members will receive a copy of the Japanese Journal of Ornithology every half year.
  3. Access rights to view "the Japanese Journal of Ornithology" and "Ornithological Science" online (via J-STAGE).
  4. The right to present their own research at annual meetings and participate in other events conducted by the Society.
  5. Access to the ornithological journals held by the Society. International journals are acquired from abroad through exchange for the Society's own publications, and are held by the Society for perusal by members.
  6. The ability to purchase books and other material published by the society at discounted rates.
  7. The right to vote for, and be voted onto, the Society's boards and committees.
  8. Access to grant funding for attendance at the International Ornithological Congress, held every four years.
  9. Student members are eligible for a membership fee discount.

There are no particular qualifications required to join the Ornithological Society of Japan. Anyone with an interest in birds, who agrees with the purposes and activities of the Society, is welcome. Members come from a variety of societal sectors and have varied backgrounds. For example, professional scientists, students, bird banders, amateur birdwatchers and nature conservationists are included in the membership of the Society, and members are men and women of all ages. We encourage both amateur and professional ornithologists to join the Society, to promote research activities and nature conservation related to birds and ornithology.


President: Yutaka WATANUKI (Graduate School of Fisheries Sciences, Hokkaido University, Hakodate)
Vice President: Tetsuo SHIMADA (The Miyagi Prefectural Izunuma-Uchinuma Environmental Foundation)

Board members and committees


TOKAI UNIVERSITY, Department of Biology, School of Biological Sciences, Minamisawa 5-1-1-1, Minami-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido, 005-8601, JAPAN
Email: smatsui "at" (Replace "at" with @)

Membership Inquiry:
OSJ Bureau, Shunkosha Co., Ltd.
Lambdax Building, 2-4-12 Ohkubo, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0072, JAPAN
Phone: +81-3-5291-6231, Fax: +81-3-5291-2176
Email: osj "at" (Replate "at" with @)