British Poultry Science Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Journal description

British Poultry Science, established in 1960, is a leading international journal for poultry scientists and advisers to the poultry industry throughout the world. Over 60% of the independently refereed papers published originate outside the UK. Most typically they report the results of studies with an experimental and biological framework which either make an original contribution to fundamental science or are of obvious application to the industry. Subjects which are covered include: anatomy, embryology, biochemistry, biophysics, physiology, reproduction and genetics; behaviour, microbiology, endocrinology, nutrition, environmental science, food science, feeding stuffs and feeding, management and housing welfare, breeding, hatching, poultry meat and egg yields and quality. Papers that adopt a modelling approach or describe the scientific background to new equipment or apparatus directly relevant to the industry are also published. The journal also features rapid publication of Short Communications and Summaries of papers presented at the Spring Meeting of the UK Branch of the WPSA.

Current impact factor: 0.94

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 0.936
2013 Impact Factor 0.782
2012 Impact Factor 1.147
2011 Impact Factor 1.005
2010 Impact Factor 1.033
2009 Impact Factor 1.064
2008 Impact Factor 1.134
2007 Impact Factor 1.071
2006 Impact Factor 1.135
2005 Impact Factor 0.813
2004 Impact Factor 0.677
2003 Impact Factor 0.9
2002 Impact Factor 0.914
2001 Impact Factor 1.139
2000 Impact Factor 0.705
1999 Impact Factor 0.692
1998 Impact Factor 0.73
1997 Impact Factor 0.796
1996 Impact Factor 0.781
1995 Impact Factor 0.663
1994 Impact Factor 0.678
1993 Impact Factor 0.771
1992 Impact Factor 0.71

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.20
Cited half-life >10.0
Immediacy index 0.07
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.30
Website British Poultry Science website
Other titles British poultry science (Online)
ISSN 0007-1668
OCLC 39501266
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: 1. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of microbial aerosols on ducks' welfare and provide information on which to establish microbial aerosol concentration standards for poultry. 2. A total of 1800 1-d-old Cherry Valley ducks were randomly divided into 5 groups (A, B, C, D and E) with 360 ducks in each. To obtain objective data, each group had three replications. Different microbial aerosol concentrations in different groups were created by controlling ventilation and bedding cleaning frequency. Group A was the control group and hygienic conditions deteriorated progressively from group B to E. 3. A 6-stage Andersen impactor was used to detect the aerosol concentration of aerobes, fungi, gram-negative bacteria and an AGI-30 microbial air sampler detected endotoxins. Physiological stress was evaluated in the ducks by adrenocortiotropic hormone (ACTH) values in serum. 4. To assess the effects of bioaerosol factors, welfare indicators including fluctuating asymmetry (FA), appearance and gait as well as the Lactobacillus caecal concentration were evaluated. 5. The data showed group D had already reached the highest limit of concentration of airborne aerobic bacteria, airborne fungi, airborne gram-negative bacteria and airborne endotoxin. The ducks in this group had significantly increased serum ACTH values and significantly decreased caecal lactobacilli concentration. Furthermore, appearance and gait scores, wing fractional anisotropy (FA), overall FA value and caecal Lactobacillus concentration in this group were significantly increased at 6 and 8 weeks of age. 6. In conclusion, high concentrations of microbial aerosol adversely affected the welfare of meat ducks. The microbial aerosol values in group D suggest a preliminary upper limit concentration of bioaerosols in ambient air for healthy meat ducks.
    British Poultry Science 11/2015; DOI:10.1080/00071668.2015.1122739
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    ABSTRACT: 1. An experiment was conducted to determine the effects of dietary supplementation of thymol, synbiotic (Biomin® IMBO) and their combination in laying hen diets on laying performance, egg quality and serum metabolic profile from 24 to 36 weeks of age. 2. Treatment groups were fed on a control diet, the control diet supplemented with thymol (250 mg/kg), the control diet supplemented with synbiotic (250 mg/kg) or the control diet supplemented with a combination of thymol (250 mg/kg) and synbiotic (250 mg/kg). 3. Supplementation of thymol and synbiotic, separately as well as combined, improved egg weight, egg production, egg mass and feed conversion ratio from 24-36 weeks of age. The eggs obtained from thymol, synbiotic or their combination treatments displayed higher values of shell thickness, Haugh unit and shell percentage compared to the control. 4. Serum cholesterol significantly decreased in the single or combined form of thymol and synbiotic supplementation treatments.
    British Poultry Science 11/2015; DOI:10.1080/00071668.2015.1123219
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    ABSTRACT: 1. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the advantages of using a good theory as the basis for designing and conducting research, using personal experience of developing a simulation model to predict food intake in laying hens and broiler breeders. 2. To develop such a model, research projects were designed to measure, among others, the effect of lighting programmes on age at sexual maturity, changes in internal cycle length, egg and body component weights over time, effects of temperature on performance, and to determine whether these birds would make use of body lipid reserves as an energy source. 3. Most of the experiments described here were conceived and conducted only because they were seen as a means of collecting information required for the development of empirical and mechanistic models, both of which have contributed to a better understanding of the birds themselves, as well as to the basis for predicting food intake in broiler breeders and laying hens. 4. For those researchers seeking ideas for further study there is no better way of generating such ideas than by first developing a theory of the subject to be studied, the greatest benefit from this approach being that such targeted research is bound to be new, innovative and useful.
    British Poultry Science 11/2015; DOI:10.1080/00071668.2015.1119244
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    ABSTRACT: 1. The aim of the present study is to describe, immunohistochemically, the expression and cell type localisation of growth factor receptors and some of their ligands in the oropharyngeal organs of the Chukar partridge. 2. The tissue samples from 10 healthy adult partridges were dissected under ether anaesthesia and then embedded in paraffin following routine histological procedures. The immunoreaction for receptors and ligands of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)/ligand system was localised in the cell membrane, nucleus and cytoplasm of the luminal and glandular epithelial cells, stromal and striated muscle cells, and vascular endothelial and smooth muscle cells. 3. Variations were observed in the avian oropharyngeal organs. The immunostaining for the erbB1/HER1 (human epidermal growth factor receptor 1) and the EGF (epidermal growth factor) and AREG (Amphiregulin) ligands in the luminal epithelial cells was higher than in the glandular epithelial, stromal and striated muscle cells. However, the immunostaining for erbB3/HER3 (human epidermal growth factor receptor 3) and erbB4/HER4 (human epidermal growth factor receptor 4) were similar in the luminal epithelium, stromal and striated muscle cells. 4. Growth factor receptors and some of their ligands were localised in different cell types in the oropharyngeal organs. We suggest that erbB/HERs (human epidermal growth factor receptors) and their ligands play an important role in proliferation, differentiation, growth, survival and migration of the cells.
    British Poultry Science 10/2015; DOI:10.1080/00071668.2015.1099611

  • British Poultry Science 10/2015; DOI:10.1080/00071668.2015.1096623
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract 1. The objective of this study was to estimate growth parameters of carcass components (wing, thighs and drumsticks, back and breast) and organs (heart, liver, gizzard and gut) in males and females of one meat-type quail strain (Coturnix coturnix sp) and two laying strains (Coturnix coturnix japonica) designated either yellow or red. 2. A total of 1350 quail from 1 to 42 d old were distributed in a completely randomised design, with 5 replicates of each strain. The carcass component weights and body organs were analysed weekly and evaluated using the Gompertz function; growth rates were evaluated through derivative equations. 3. The meat-type strain presented the highest growth rates in carcass components and organs. Across strains, females showed the highest weight of internal organs at maturity compared to males. 4. Females had greater growth potential in breast, wings and back than males for both yellow and red laying quail.
    British Poultry Science 12/2014; 56(1). DOI:10.1080/00071668.2014.988602
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract 1. Bacteriophages (BP) have gained increasing attention as a treatment of bacterial infection for animals. However, the data pertaining to dietary application of BP for laying hens have been limited. 2. This study aimed to investigate the effect of dietary BP on laying performance, egg quality, and caecal bacterial populations in laying hens. 3. The dietary BP used in this experiment was a mixture of individual BP targeting Salmonella Gallinarum, Salmonella Pullorum, Salmonella Typhimurium, Salmonella Enteritidis, Salmonella Derby, and Staphylococcus aureus. 4. A total of 360 Hy-Line Brown laying hens of 32 weeks of age were allotted to 1 of 3 dietary treatments with 6 replicates in a completely randomised design. The basal diet was prepared, and 0.4 or 0.8 g/kg BP mixture was supplemented to the basal diet. Diets were fed to hens for 8 weeks. 5. Laying performance and egg quality were not affected by dietary treatments. As inclusion levels of BP mixture in diets were increased, the DNA copy numbers for Salmonella spp. in the caecal contents decreased linearly, whereas the DNA copy numbers for Escherichia coli in the caecal contents increased linearly. 6. Results indicate that dietary supplementation of BP mixture decreases the target Salmonella spp. populations but increases Escherichia coli populations in the gastrointestinal tract of laying hens with little impact on laying performance and egg quality.
    British Poultry Science 12/2014; 56(1). DOI:10.1080/00071668.2014.991272
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to evaluate the tolerance of laying hens for an excessive L-valine (L-val) supply on laying performance, egg quality, serum free amino acids, immune function and antioxidant enzyme activities of laying hens.A total of 720 HyLine Brown hens were allocated to 5 dietary treatment groups, each of which included 6 replicates of 24 hens, from 40 to 47 weeks of age. Graded amounts of L-val were added to the basal diet to achieve concentrations of 0 (control), 1, 2, 3 and 4 g/kg, respectively, in the experimental diets.Supplementing the diet with L-val did not affect egg production, egg mass, egg weight, feed conversion ratio (FCR) or egg quality. The average daily feed intake response to supplemental L-val was quadratic and was maximised at 2.0 g L-val/kg diet. No differences were observed for total protein, total amino acids, blood urea nitrogen (BUN), uric acid, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), alkaline phosphatase (AKP), Ca and P concentrations among the treatments.Serum albumin concentration increased significantly in response to supplemental L-val and was also maximised at 2.0 g/kg. In addition, serum glucose increased quadratically to peak at 2.0 g L-val/kg diet. Serum free valine increased as L-val concentration increased to 2.0 g/kg diet and then decreased linearly.Supplementation of L-val did not affect the serum concentrations of total antioxidative capability (T-AOC), superoxide dismutase (SOD) and malondialdehyde (MDA). L-val supplementation did not affect the concentrations of immunoglobulins IgG, IgA, IgM and complements (C3 and C4). Serum concentration of triiodothyronine (T3) increased significantly at 2.0 g L-val/kg diet.It is concluded that high concentrations of L-val are tolerated and can be successfully supplemented into diets without detrimental effects on laying performance or immune function of laying hens.
    British Poultry Science 11/2014; 56(1). DOI:10.1080/00071668.2014.989487
  • J Lin · H Kang · J Liang · J Fu · Q Yu · Q Yang ·
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract 1. The potential use of CpG oligodeoxynucleotides (ODN) and/or Astragalus polysaccharide (APS) as adjuvants for culture of chicken bone-marrow-derived dendritic cells (chBM-DC) was investigated. 2. Chicken dendritic cells (DC) were isolated and cultured in the presence of recombinant chicken granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) and interleukin (IL)-4. The chBM-DC displayed typical DC morphology and expressed DC surface markers (MHC-II and CD11c). 3. Cultured chBM-DC showed effective T-cell activation in vitro, based on a mixed lymphocyte response (MLR). Flow cytometry analysis showed an increased proportion of cells expressing CD40 and CD80 in the APS-stimulated culture, compared to the control culture. In the MLR, the APS- and CpG-stimulated chBM-DC could activate T-cells more than control chBM-DC. Real-time PCR assays showed that CpG can activate the TLR21 and an inflammatory response, while APS just reduced the expression of IRF-3. 4. The results demonstrated that in vitro the adjuvant CpG can stimulate chBM-DC to mature by activation of the TLR signalling pathway, whereas the adjuvant APS stimulates maturation of chBM-DC in vitro to a lesser degree and by another mechanism.
    British Poultry Science 11/2014; 56(1). DOI:10.1080/00071668.2014.981146
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract 1. The effects of different fibre sources on the growth performance, carcass characteristics and gastrointestinal tract development were studied in growing Greylag geese (Anser anser). 2. Four experimental diets were formulated with maize straw silage (CSS), steam-exploded maize straw (SECS), steam-exploded wheat straw (SEWS), and steam-exploded rice straw (SERS) as fibre sources. A total of 224 male Greylag geese at 28 d of age were randomly assigned to one of the 4 experimental diets. 3. The birds fed on the CSS diets had higher average daily feed intakes than those fed on the steam-exploded straws. However, the 4 treatments had similar average daily gain, which contributed to significant differences in feed conversion ratios. The different fibre sources had no significant effects on the carcass characteristics. 4. The CSS-fed birds had larger gizzards and lower relative length of the caecae than the other three groups. However, the relative weights and lengths of the other gut segments, the relative weights of major organs, and the pH values of the gastrointestinal contents were similar between the 4 treatments. 5. It was concluded that straw fibres with different physicochemical properties exerted an effect on daily feed intake and gastrointestinal development, especially for the gizzard. The pre-treatment of straw had a large effect on utilisation efficiency and animal performance. Steam explosion is a promising straw pre-treatment for inclusion in diets for geese.
    British Poultry Science 11/2014; 56(1). DOI:10.1080/00071668.2014.981503
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract 1. The aim of this study was to evaluate the ability of frozen-thawed testicular cells transplanted into infertile cocks to restore spermatogenesis, and to compare two cryoprotectants (DMSO and Biofreeze). 2. A total of 24 infertile White Leghorn (WL) cocks were transplanted with cryopreserved testicular cells from fertile adult donor cocks. Both genetically close and phylogenetically distant chicken breeds were used as donor cocks. 3. Twelve out of 24 WL recipient cocks with cryopreserved testicular cells restored spermatogenesis within two months after the transplantation. Six out of 12 recipient cocks with restored spermatogenesis successfully produced progeny expressing the donor phenotype. 4. There was no difference between the cryoprotectants in cell viability after thawing or in the number of offspring produced from cryopreserved testicular tissue. 5. The present work represents the first report of production of a donor-derived healthy progeny following frozen-thawed testicular cell transplantation in adult birds. The described results may contribute to preservation of endangered avian species and to maintaining their genetic variability.
    British Poultry Science 11/2014; 55(6). DOI:10.1080/00071668.2014.974506