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Australian Journal of 

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Taxonomy

AJT Governance

Australian Journal of Taxonomy is a not-for-profit, diamond open-access journal managed for and on behalf of the Australian taxonomic community by Taxonomy Australia.


Taxonomy Australia is a program of the Australian Academy of Science, governed by a Steering Committee and Advisory Committee comprising leaders in the field who represent the Australian taxonomy and biosystematics community. Taxonomy Australia aims to implement the recommendations of Discovering biodiversity: a decadal plan for taxonomy and biosystematics in Australia and New Zealand 2018–2027 by increasing the profile and understanding of taxonomy and biosystematics in the community and with government and industry. The overarching aim is to bring about a substantial acceleration in the rate at which new Australian species and other taxa are documented.


Governance for AJT ultimately rests with the Taxonomy Australia Steering Committee, a representative body with members drawn widely from within the taxonomy and biosystematics sector in Australia. Members of the Taxonomy Australia Steering Committee comprise representatives from the Council of Heads of Australian Faunal Collections, the Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, the Australasian Systematic Botany Society, the Society of Australian Systematic Biologists, Australasian Mycological Society, Australasian Palaeontologists, and more.


The Taxonomy Australia Steering Committee appoints the Editorial Committee, consisting of an Editor-in-Chief and a panel of Associate Editors, to manage the day-to-day affairs of the Australian Journal of Taxonomy. For a list of the current Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors, please see the AJT Editors page. Individual papers are edited by Subject Editors, appointed by the Editorial Committee. 


Researchers are encouraged to contact the Editorial Committee if they wish to nominate as Subject Editors.


Complaints about AJT and its processes and governance that cannot be resolved with the relevant Subject Editor should be directed to the Editor-in-Chief for consideration by the Editorial Committee. If the issue involves the Editor-in-Chief, it should be referred to the Taxonomy Australia Steering Committee via the Chair of that Committee.


The Editorial Committee welcomes suggestions for improvements or enhancements to the journal.


Please also refer to the Publishing Policies page for more information.