California Fish and Wildlife Journal

a small black white and tan songbird

Black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

cactus with bright pink flowers

Bakersfield cactus (Opuntia basilaris var. treleasei)

Lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus)

large brown lizard with yellow flowers

Blunt-nosed leopard lizard (Gambelia sila)

Great gray owl (Strix nebulosa)

2 frogs on the edge of a stream

Foothill yellow-legged frog (Rana boylii)

two salmon in clear water

Kokanee salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka)

pronghorn standing in grass

Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana)

field of purple and yellow flowers

Sky lupine (Lupinus nanus) and tufted poppy (Eschscholzia caespitosa)


The Journal's title has changed! As CDFW’s focus has changed over the decades to reflect current environmental and conservation issues in our state, our name was changed from Fish and Game to Fish and Wildlife in 2012. So too will the Journal’s name change to accurately reflect all the species we are charged with managing and protecting. The subtitle of the Journal was changed earlier this year for a similar purpose—from “Conservation of Wildlife through Education” to “Journal for Conservation and Management of California’s Species and Ecosystems.” The title change will be reflected in the first issue of 2020—along with an exciting redesign of the Journal's cover!

California Fish and Wildlife is CDFW's official, quarterly, peer-reviewed scientific journal devoted to the conservation and understanding of the flora and fauna of California and surrounding areas, and the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Did you know? The California Fish and Wildlife Journal (formerly California Fish and Game) is California's longest-running, continuously published scientific journal.

Publication began in 1914, and in 2014, on the 100-year anniversary, the Journal began electronic publication in an effort to more readily disseminate information. Previously published issues are being archived on this website as part of an ongoing process*. All material posted on the website is available at no charge to scientists world-wide. Each issue of the journal is available to everyone in electronic format immediately when published online.

*If you need an article of CFWJ that is not yet available on our website, please email our publication office to obtain a copy. Most issues from 1915-1994 can be found through the Biodiversity Heritage Library(opens in new tab).

Aim and Scope

The California Fish and Wildlife Journal (CFWJ) welcomes submissions on the biology, ecology, and/or management of fish, wildlife, and plants in California and surrounding areas as well as manuscripts focused on new research tools and techniques relevant to conservation and management of the state's fish and wildlife resources. California is the most biodiverse state in the nation, and CFWJ prides itself in contributing to the conservation and management of the state's natural resources.

Submissions are open to all researchers. No affiliation with CDFW is required.

The Science Institute now houses the Journal and supports its online presence and expansion of its state-wide reach and impacts. It also encourages the peer-reviewed journal to serve as a primary outlet for the CDFW science community to share their work.

All information published in CFWJ is considered public domain. Preservation and archival by Portico(opens in new tab). This is an open access journal. Users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles in this journal, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose.

The views, opinions, and conclusions within the content of this publication are solely the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect those of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

For more information on types of manuscripts we accept, please see our submission guidelines.

NEW! We are currently soliciting submissions for special issues of CFWJ! Check out our Special Issues page for more information.