[Taxacom] new Biodiversity Data Journal

Vincent Smith vince at vsmith.info
Tue Sep 17 08:54:15 CDT 2013

Dear Colleagues,

Donat beat me to the announcement about the BDJ. Here is a little more
information for those interested:

Yesterday the new Biodiversity Data
Journal<http://biodiversitydatajournal.com/> (BDJ)
was launched. This is a journal of Pensoft Publishing<http://www.pensoft.net/>,
the same group that publish PhytoKeys<http://www.pensoft.net/journals/phytokeys>
 and ZooKeys <http://www.pensoft.net/journals/zookeys/>, and is a major
part of the EU funded ViBRANT <http://vbrant.eu/> project. BDJ is a
revolutionising publication platform that has been developed to speed up
biodiversity publication and facilitate re-use of published data. You can
publish data that wouldn't be publishable elsewhere (e.g. single taxon
treatments, checklists to local flora or faunas, ecological and biological
observations, keys to species, software) as well as any other type of
biodiversity related article (revisions, taxonomic treatments, phylogenies,
ecological studies etc). There are no upper or lower limits on words.
Articles are peer reviewed.

Take a look at the
associated press
the twenty-four published
papers<http://biodiversitydatajournal.com/browse_articles> to
get a sense of why the BDJ is very different from most other journals. It
isn't just a new journal (with an online PDF) - it is a whole new way to
rapidly publish structured biodiversity data in an open and reusable form.
Key features include:

   - The first work flow ever to support the full life cycle of a
   manuscript, from writing through submission, community peer-review,
   publication and dissemination within a single online collaborative platform.
   - The online, collaborative, article-authoring platform Pensoft Writing
   Tool (PWT) provides a large set of pre-defined, but flexible, Biological
   Codes and Darwin Core compliant, article templates.
   - Authors may work collaboratively on a manuscript and invite external
   contributors, such as mentors, potential reviewers, linguistic and copy
   editors, colleagues, who may watch and comment on the text before
   - Import/export conversion of data files into text and vice versa, from
   text to data, such as checklists, catalogues and occurrence data in Darwin
   Core format, at the click of a button.
   - All images, data tables, taxon treatments, species occurrences are
   downloadable and harvestable from the article text.
   - Automated import of data-structured manuscripts generated in various
   platforms (Scratchpads, GBIF Integrated Publishing Toolkit (IPT), authors’
   - A novel community-based peer-review process. Authors may opt for a
   public peer-review process.

Submissions for the first year are free of charge. Within a year a small
fee will be requested. These very low charges are possible because the
whole process is online (even the document you submit, via a new platform),
minimising time spent processing the article for publication.

I am the Editor in Chief (gulp..).  so please don't hesitate to ask me for
questions. Feel free to forward this email or the link to anybody

Thanks for your time, and a huge thank you to all those involved in the
development and testing of the new platform.

Best regards,



Dr. Vincent S. Smith, Research Scientist
The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD, UK
Editor-in-chief, Biodiversity Data Journal (
Coordinator for ViBRANT (http://vbrant.eu), NHM PI for e-Monocot (

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On Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 11:32 AM, Donat Agosti <agosti at amnh.org> wrote:

> This, I am sure, is of interest for this audience, the launch of a next
> generation biodiversity journal, Biodiversity Data Journal. It is well
> worth to look at this in the context that half of the scientific journals
> are now open access and certainly the EU is pushing hard in this direction
> too ( <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sR8XUMuQ_tc&feature=youtu.be>
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sR8XUMuQ_tc&feature=youtu.be ).
> Furthermore, the routine submission of new names to IPNI, Zoobank helps to
> build those name servers, and the semantic markup helps to avoid the huge
> costs to open up the content of our journals to efficient text mining. I am
> looking forwards to see the content to show up immediately in the Linked
> Open Data Cloud.
> "The  <http://biodiversitydatajournal.com/articles.php?id=995> Editorial,
> associated  <
> http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-09/pp-tbd091613.php> press
> release and the  <http://biodiversitydatajournal.com/browse_articles>
> twenty-four published papers give the readers an idea about the novel
> approaches implemented by BDJ and what the journal looks like in general."
> Good read and all the best
> Donat
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