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01.04.2014 12:09

Brand new old journal

Dr. Gesine Steiner Pressestelle
Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung

    One of the oldest European zoological journals, Zoosystematics and Evolution (formerly Mitteilungen aus dem Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, Zoologische Reihe) established in 1898, combines tradition, Open Access and innovation. Having joined the family of Pensoft’s open access journals in 2014, it now adds a new, attractive, “article-of -the-future” online format, while keeping at the same time the traditional PDF and print versions.

    Established in 1898 as Mitteilungen aus dem Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, Zoologische Reihe by the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Zoosystematics and Evolution is one of the oldest European zoological journals. Combining tradition and innovation, it joined the family of Pensoft’s open access journals earlier this year. The first issue for 2014 is now available in a novel, attractive open access, semantically enriched format, keeping at the same time the traditional PDF and print versions.

    Being already a member of Pensoft’s family of advanced open access journals, Zoosystematics and Evolution now benefits from the innovative “platinum ”open access model. For Pensoft, "platinum" open access means not just that the articles and all associated materials are free to download and that there are no author-side fees but even more so that novel approaches are used in the dissemination and reuse of published content. This publishing model includes:

    • Free to read, reuse, revise, remix, redistribute

    • Easy to discover and harvest by both humans and computers

    • Content automatically harvested by aggregators

    • Data and narrative (text) integrated to the widest extent possible

    • Community peer-review and rapid publication

    • Post-publication peer-review

    • Easy and efficient communication with authors and reviewers

    • Active promotion and dissemination of scientists’ work in the society

    • A “fremium” model assuming no author-side fees within an yearly limit of number of pages

    "Making published data available online is good but not sufficient. The ultimate goal is to make the journal content more attractive for the readers and authors, so that to increase visibility and re-usability of the published information to generate new knowledge”, said Dr Matthias Glaubrecht from the Museum für Naturkunde, Editor-in-Chief of Zoosystematics and Evolution.

    Dr. Gregor Hagedorn, Head of the Museum’s science division “Digital World and Information Science”, adds: “Original scientific articles and the underlying scientific data have to be published in new, connected ways if we want to be able to face the challenges to mitigate global biodiversity loss. By making this journal accessible under Open Access and by joining our efforts in developing the Museum’s digital infrastructures with the novel publishing technologies invented by Pensoft, we make a significant step towards these goals”.

    “I am glad to see Zoosystematics and Evolution - originally established more than a century ago as a journal to publish studies on the Museum’s collections - now serving the great task of opening the treasure trove of data from these collections that have been gathered by generations of naturalists with the strong society support over 250 years of history of exploration of nature!” concluded Prof. Johannes Vogel, Director General of the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin.

    Additional Information:

    Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity is a research museum within the Leibniz Association. It is one of the most significant research institutions worldwide in biological and geo-scientific research on evolution and biodiversity. Established in 1810, its collections comprise more than 30 million items relating to zoology, palaeontology, geology and mineralogy, which are highly significant for science as well as for the history of science and at the centre of the research performed at the Museum.

    Pensoft Publishers specialize in academic and professional book and journal publishing, mostly in the field of biodiversity science and natural history. In 2008, Pensoft launched its first open-access journals named ZooKeys and BioRisk, and since then, it has taken a leadership in introducing innovations in the field of open access. On 16th of September 2013, Pensoft launched the Biodiversity Data Journal (BDJ) and the associated Pensoft Writing Tool (PWT), as the first workflow ever to put together article authoring, community peer-review, publishing and dissemination within a single online collaborative platform.


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