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New Australian Taxa

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Why do we need an online platform for rapid publication of new Australian taxa?

New Australian Taxa is dedicated to the rapid publication of new Australian taxa, and is published by Taxonomy Australia.

Taxonomy Australia has a mission to advocate and support the taxonomic documentation of Australia's rich biodiversity, and to help find ways to accelerate the discovery and naming of all remaining species of plants, animals, algae, fungi, bacteria and other organisms.

At the current rate of species discovery and documentation, using traditional journals and traditional taxonomic practice, it is estimated that it will take four centuries to fully document Australia's biota.

That's too slow - and we're keen to see it done in a generation.

One part of the solution is to support more efficient publication of new species and other taxa. New Australian Taxa does just that, and is optimised for the rapid publication of concise, adequate, and effective descriptions of new species, with minimum fuss.

New Australian Taxa is targeted at single-species papers. These are often hard to publish in traditional journals, resulting in many species that could be straightforwardly published remaining unpublished and undocumented.