Australian Journal of
Open-access, online, rapid taxonomy
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Introducing 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 [1, 2*], Mark S. Harvey [3, 1], Pat Hutchings , Tom W. May , Jane Melville  & Kenny J. Travouillon 
With this paper we introduce the Australian Journal of Taxonomy and outline its scope, rationale, workflow and governance. 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 website, and all subsequent steps (peer-review, editing, copy editing and publication) take place on that website. At no stage does a paper in Australian Journal of Taxonomy need to exist as a document in a word-processing application (unless an author chooses to write some content off-line and paste it into the journal's online editing platform later). 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 organismal groups (animals, fungi, plants etc.), and is part of an overarching strategy to substantially accelerate the discovery and taxonomic documentation of Australia's biodiversity.
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