[Taxacom] Fast, linked and open access - PhytoKeys launched

L Penev lyubo.penev at gmail.com
Tue Nov 2 04:59:37 CDT 2010

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the launch of PhytoKeys (www.phytokeys.com) and
publication of its inaugural

PhytoKeys builds upon the tremendous success of its sister journal ZooKeys (
www.zookeys.org) and offers numerous innovative ways to publish and
disseminate information on the taxonomy and ecology of plants (you may see
the forum paper<http://www.pensoft.net/journal_home_page.php?journal_id=3&page=article&SESID=4c810442fb639a572e077389574f4d4a&type=show&article_id=642>and
poster <http://www.pensoft.net/pdocs/doc_43.pdf> for more details). The
journal will provide mandatory inclusion in the publication of IPNI records
for new taxonomic names and other nomenclatural activities. All new species
will be supplied to the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) simultaneously with
publication of the article. The content of the article itself will be
marked-up at the level of taxonomic descriptions, taxon names, citations and
references, identification keys, geo-referenced localities, and other taxon
information. All papers are open access and free to read, download, print,
and distribute.

PhytoKeys is more than a journal. It is a linked environment built upon its
own content management software. Linking is provided at the internal level
(within an article, within the journal, or within the publishing platform of
Pensoft ) and to external resources (GBIF, EOL, BHL, NCBI, Morphbank, IPNI,
PLANTS, Tropicos, The Gymnosperm Database, Index Herbariorum, Wikipedia,
Wikispecies, etc.) through a dynamic web profile of each taxon mentioned
within a paper (sample<http://ptp.pensoft.eu/external_details.php?type=1&query=Siphonochilus>
).  Geo-referenced localities can be mapped within taxon treatments or for
the entire paper. The journal can be followed on
Facebook <http://www.facebook.com/pages/PhytoKeys/171267212883528>,
and several other social networks.

PhytoKeys is published in four different formats: (1) high-resolution,
full-color print version (2) PDF identical to the printed version (sample);
(3) HTML to provide links to external resources and semantic enhancements to
published texts for interactive reading
; (4) XML version compatible to PubMedCentral archiving (based on TaxPub
schema), thus providing a machine-readable copy to facilitate future data
mining. Neither restriction nor charges are imposed on the use of color

PhytoKeys will cover taxonomic treatments of angiosperms, gymnosperms,
monilophytes, bryophytes, and algae. Papers on fungal and lichenological
studies will be welcome to be submitted to the future MycoKeys (to be
launched within a few months).

PhytoKeys will be announced and presented at the forthcoming Byosystematics
2011 Congress in Berlin (21-27 February 2010) and the XVIII International
Botanical Congress in Melbourne, 23-30 July 2010, as well as at several
other international botanical venues. Botanists and bioinformaticians are
welcome to discuss innovative publishing projects and cooperation.
Candidates who may wish to serve as subject editors are welcome to contact Dr
John Kress <kressj at si.edu> (Smithsonian), or Dr Sandra
Knapp<s.knapp at nhm.ac.uk>(NHM London).

The journal charges modest article processing fees, available on the
website. Charges for manuscripts submitted by the end of 2010 will be waived
in order to offer every botanist the chance to test the efficiency and
innovative approach to publication and distribution of taxonomic information
in PhytoKeys!

We welcome your manuscript submissions.

W. John Kress (Editor in Chief), Sandra Knapp (Deputy Editor), De-Zhu
Li(Deputy Editor),
Susanne Renner Deputy Editor), and Lyubomir Penev (Managing Editor)

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