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EJT a New Journal by Patrick Grootaert
EJT a New Journal by Patrick Grootaert
EJT a New Journal by Patrick Grootaert
EJT a New Journal by Patrick Grootaert
EJT a New Journal by Patrick Grootaert
EJT a New Journal by Patrick Grootaert
EJT a New Journal by Patrick Grootaert
EJT a New Journal by Patrick Grootaert
EJT a New Journal by Patrick Grootaert
EJT a New Journal by Patrick Grootaert
EJT a New Journal by Patrick Grootaert
EJT a New Journal by Patrick Grootaert
EJT a New Journal by Patrick Grootaert
EJT a New Journal by Patrick Grootaert
EJT a New Journal by Patrick Grootaert
EJT a New Journal by Patrick Grootaert
EJT a New Journal by Patrick Grootaert
EJT a New Journal by Patrick Grootaert
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  • 1. The European Journal of Taxonomy: towards an E-journal for descriptive taxonomy Patrick Grootaert (RBINS) Laurence Bénichou (MNHN) Steve Dessein (NBGB) Daphne Duin (EDIT) Isabelle Gérard (RMCA) Graham Higley (NHML) Koen Martens (RBINS) CETAF October 2010
  • 2. Taxonomic journals in NHIs • Within EDIT consortium ≈ 25 out of 28 EDIT members are publishers ≈ 79 journals (+ 45 book/ monograph series) ≈ 70% available online (55 journals) ≈ 28% (22 journals) with Impact Factor (of which 58 % <1 = 13 journals) CETAF October 2010
  • 3. Taxonomic journals in NHIs • Small journal (without IF) that fail to attract good papers • Good journals (with IF) that attract more papers than they can publish rapidly • Journals commercially outsourced that have lost editorial control (rush for ever increasing IF...) => All would benefit from a joint initiative like EJT CETAF October 2010
  • 4. Why do NHI need a new journal? 1. Real need for a high quality, peer-reviewed e-journal in systematic biology – That accepts descriptive taxonomic work – Provides all services of high level analytical journals => Previous EDIT meetings and the success of new journals such as Zootaxa, Zookeys show that such a journal would be highly valued by the taxonomic community CETAF October 2010
  • 5. Why do we need a new journal? 2. The world of scientific publishing is changing fast: online access, open access, DOI and cross referencing tools,... No single NHI has all the resources to follow these rapid developments Need for: • Distinction of labour between editorial (scientific) and publishing (technical) aspects • Need for collaboration between the different NHI CETAF October 2010
  • 6. Digital revolution in electronic scholarly publishing: complexity Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) Open Access Berlin and Budapest Declaration Green Road Golden Road IngentaConnect Intellectual Property rights (IPR) Really Simple Syndication RSS Extensible Markup Language XML Backlog Not-for-profit Trackback Application Programming Interface API INTERNATIONAL CODE OF BOTANICAL NOMENCLATURE Pay-per-view CETAF October 2010
  • 7. Taxonomic journals • Classic journals shy away from descriptive taxonomy – No single species description, need to add analytical part – J nat Hist, Zool. Scripta, Invert Syst,... • Paradox of taxonomic publishing: – Some journals can’t get the papers (no IF) – Other journals don’t want the papers (want to increase their IF) CETAF October 2010
  • 8. What do we want: mission statement European Journal of Taxonomy – web-based, – free and open access journal – on descriptive systematics in zoology, entomology, botany and palaeontology – peer-reviewed – including : • descriptions of new taxa, • taxonomic revisions, • continental and global checklists, • review and opinion papers related to taxonomic and systematic research. AND SETTING NEW STANDARDS FOR TAXONOMIC PUBLISHING CETAF October 2010
  • 9. Setting a new standard in taxonomic publishing • Increased accessibility and visibility (through DOI & Crosslinking) • Guaranteed storage and electronic document integrity through BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library) – Taxonomic papers have long ‘shelf’-time • Automatic links to Encyclopedia of Life, Species 2000, WoRMs, FADA, GBIF, Zoobank, IPNI, ... • Xml-based content harvesting technologies => Need for technical expertise in taxonomic publishing CETAF October 2010
  • 10. We want an E-journal... With ‘E’ standing for • Electronic = web-based, using novel E- technologies • European anchorage – Published (and paid) by European NHI – Authors should deposit specimens in European collections CETAF October 2010
  • 11. The European Journal of Taxonomy • Title of the journal to be owned by a consortium of (mainly) European NHI • Boards of active editing (scientific) and publishing (technical) staff from the NHI • Rotating Editor-in-Chief CETAF October 2010
  • 12. Organisation • Journal will be a collaborative effort beween Museums and institutions – Core of participating partners • Financial contributions • Man-power resources – Circle of supportive partners • Some NHI may integrate extant bulletins into this new journal (eg. Brussels, Tervuren) – Name of old journal always mentioned on webpage – Salaries of scientific staff presently acting as editors and technical publishers will thus be liberated CETAF October 2010
  • 13. Organizational charts 1. Steering Committee Representatives of institutions that signed CPA Chair: to be elected from the group Meets once yearly Appoints Editor-in-Chief Appoints Publications head Signs off budget proposals and DoW prepared by MC 1. Steering Committee Representatives of institutions that signed CPA Chair: to be elected from the group Meets once yearly Appoints Editor-in-Chief Appoints Publications head Signs off budget proposals and DoW prepared by MC Scientific Publishing in Natural History Institutions 7th-8th October 2010 2. Management Committee Production team, desk editors, IT staff, Editor in chief, Topical Editors Chair: Publications head Meets when necessary Day-to-day management Prepares budget and DoW 2. Management Committee Production team, desk editors, IT staff, Editor in chief, Topical Editors Chair: Publications head Meets when necessary Day-to-day management Prepares budget and DoW 3. Editorial Board 4 topical editors (entomology, zoology, botany, palaeontology), associated editors Chair: Editor in Chief Defines editorial scope Editorial management 3. Editorial Board 4 topical editors (entomology, zoology, botany, palaeontology), associated editors Chair: Editor in Chief Defines editorial scope Editorial management 4. Associated Group Institutions with an interest in EJT Friends of the journal 4. Associated Group Institutions with an interest in EJT Friends of the journal Ownership Technical management Scientific decisions
  • 14. Advantages for Natural History Institutions 1. Publishing taxonomic literature is part of the mission of most NHI 2. If NHI pool resources: – Higher critical mass of tools when pooling expertise – Increased authority in the field – Higher influence – Higher visibility (than in small, hidden journals) of the dissemination of taxonomic knowledge CETAF October 2010
  • 15. Advantages for Authors • Publish descriptive work in journal with good impact factor • Publish in journal with all the novel services offered by web based info- platforms => high exposure and visibility => Reflects positively on the journal Readers • Easy and free access • Papers are of high scientific and technical quality Publishing Staff • Transfer of expertise • Learning from competitive position CETAF October 2010
  • 16. Advantages for NHI 3. Visibility of NHI in taxonomic publishing 4. Positive image through collaborations, sharing expertise, sharing resources 5. By producing an excellent journal: increase image of taxonomy => taxonomy is worth funding 6. Our own data are in our own hands => not all scholarly publications should be in the hands of commerical companies • decision making • spending public money CETAF October 2010
  • 17. Remaining issues • Journal exchange programs – Exchange programs are not without cost – Re-evaluation of these programs is urgent • EDIT questionnaire in progress – Exx of NHM London (Bratislava EDIT report) • More than 100 years • 35% of total library (220 – 330 kE) • Costs for exchange: 71 kE • Electronic exchange => Will be c 66% in 5 years time EDIT - Copenhagen Oct 2010 - martens@naturalsciences.be % Electronic Exchanges 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 % Electronic Exchanges
  • 18. Schedule 12th December 2008: 1st meeting on Scientific publishing in Natural History Institution, 1st presentation of the project, Paris 22nd June 2009: 2nd meeting on Scientific publishing in Natural History Institution, 2nd presentation and discussion, Bratislava 15th December 2009: presentation of the project to the BoD, Carveiro 1st April 2010: Business plan 16th June 2010: Copyright Publishing Agreement negociated, Brussels October 2010: signature CPA November 2010: Creation of Editorial Board From January 2011: online submission system available March 2011: implementation and Launch of EJT Scientific Publishing in Natural History Institutions 7th-8th October 2010
  • 19. Thank you for your attention!! Please join!!! EDIT - Copenhagen Oct 2010 - martens@naturalsciences.be

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