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Open-access, online, rapid taxonomy

Australian Journal of 

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Taxonomy

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Introducing the Australian Journal of Taxonomy, a new, fully-online, fully open-access journal for the rapid publication of new Australian species and other taxa

Kevin R. Thiele, Mark S. Harvey, Pat Hutchings, Tom W. May, Jane Melville & Kenny J. Travouillon

Author details ⏷

Kevin R. Thiele [1, 2*], Mark S. Harvey [3, 1], Pat Hutchings [4], Tom W. May [5], Jane Melville [6, 7] & Kenny J. Travouillon [3]

[1] School of Biological Sciences, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Western Australia 6009, Australia.
[2] Western Australian Herbarium, Biodiversity and Conservation Science, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation
and Attractions, Locked Bag 104, Bentley Delivery Centre, Western Australia 6983.
[3] Collections & Research, Western Australian Museum, 49 Kew Street, Welshpool, Western Australia 6106, Australia.
[4] Australian Museum Research Institute, Australian Museum, 1 College Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia.
[5] Science Division, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne, Victoria 3004, Australia.
[6] Department of Sciences, Museums Victoria, Carlton Gardens, Victoria 3052, Australia.
[7] School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, Wellington Rd, Clayton, Victoria 3800, Australia.

Abstract

With this paper we introduce the Australian Journal of Taxonomy and outline its scope, rationale, workflow and governance. The journal is published by Taxonomy Australia, a national collaboration by the Australian taxonomic community. Australian Journal of Taxonomy is one of the world's first fully-online journals. Papers are born-digital and born-online: they are authored on the Australian Journal of Taxonomy online platform, and all subsequent steps (peer-review, editing, copy editing and publication) take place on that platform. At no stage does a paper in Australian Journal of Taxonomy need to exist as a document in a word-processing application. This fully-online processing substantially eases and accelerates workflows, and reduces the costs of production and publishing to a minimum. For these reasons, Australian Journal of Taxonomy is also diamond open access, with no access charges for either authors or readers. Australian Journal of Taxonomy is optimised for the rapid publication of new Australian taxa across all eukaryotic organismal groups (animals, fungi, plants etc.), and is part of the overarching strategy of Taxonomy Australia to substantially accelerate the discovery and taxonomic documentation of Australia's biodiversity.

Cite this paper as: Thiele KR, Harvey MS, Hutchings P, May TW, Melville J, Travouillon KJ (2022). Introducing the Australian Journal of Taxonomy, a new, fully-online, fully open-access journal for the rapid publication of new Australian species and other taxa. Australian Journal of Taxonomy 1: 1–7. doi: https://doi.org/10.54102/ajt.qxi3r

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