New Australian Taxa
Open-access, online, rapid taxonomy
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Reviewing for New Australian Taxa may be slightly different to reviewing for other more conventional journals. New Australian Taxa specialises in papers describing new taxa in as straightforward a manner as possible. It forms part of a strategy to accelerate the documentation of Australia's species. While as a reviewer you are asked to draw attention to inaccuracies, ambiguities and errors in this paper, please ensure that your review focuses on ensuring adequacy rather than demanding unreasonable levels of detail.
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