Monday, September 30, 2013

New cool journal

A new open-access journal started mid September and it promises to fill a void in the current publication space. I have written about data release papers before and it seems the perfect outlet for such has just been created from the publishers that are responsible for ZooKeys (the open-access competitor of ZooTaxa):

Biodiversity Data Journal (BDJ) is a community peer-reviewed, open-access, comprehensive online platform, designed to accelerate publishing, dissemination and sharing of biodiversity-related data of any kind. All structural elements of the articles – text, morphological descriptions, occurrences, data tables, etc. – will be treated and stored as DATA, in accordance with the Data Publishing Policies and Guidelines of Pensoft Publishers.

The journal will publish papers in biodiversity science containing taxonomic, floristic/faunistic, morphological, genomic, phylogenetic, ecological or environmental data on any taxon of any geological age from any part of the world with no lower or upper limit to manuscript size. For example:

  • single taxon treatments and nomenclatural acts (e.g., new taxa, new taxon names, new synonyms, changes in taxonomic status, re-descriptions, etc.);
  • data papers describing biodiversity-related databases, including ecological and environmental data;
  • any kind of sampling report, local observations or occasional inventories;
  • local or regional checklists and inventories;
  • habitat-based checklists and inventories;
  • ecological and biological observations of species and  communities;
  • any kind of identification keys, from conventional dichotomous to multi-access interactive online keys;
  • descriptions of biodiversity-related software tools.

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