The European Journal of Taxonomy just published its 500th issue. This in itself is another achievement in the 220 years history of its publisher, the Publications Scientifiques Du Muséum Nationale d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, but also for the CETAF consortium looking into the future of taxonomic publishing.
We are very proud to collaborate with EJT to make the data contained in these open access publications immediately accessible, citable, reusable.
In fact, the data is immediately reused by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), the figures are accessible on the Biodiversity Literature Repository and the treatments on TreatmentBank. The underlying vision, fully supported by Plazi, is explained in a recent article by the editorial staff of the Publications Scientifiques Du Muséum Nationale d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris.
With this, EJT is joining a growing number of journals whose data is becoming immediately accessible, using in these cases the Plazi workflow. This includes input of semantically enhanced publications such as Biodiversity Data Journal, Zookeys, Alpine Entomology, or those processed by Plazi services.
The reuse of the data by GBIF illustrates nicely the fledgling possibilities of having access to the data almost at the day it is published, both by itself, but also in the context of all the data of the covered taxa.
We hope the EJT issue 500 is an inspiring development stimulating fellow taxonomists and publishers to join this effort and pathway, and others to reuse the accessible data for their own purpose.
The Plazi services are supported by service contracts and the Arcadia Fund.