European Journal of Taxonomy is all new but the compromise to Open Access for the good of science

The European Journal of Taxonomy (EJT) has a new Chairman. He’s the General Director of the Meise Botanic Garden (BE), Steven Dessein.

He takes the role of Thierry Bourgoin, who was in charge from November 2018 to October 2023, making a great contribution to the Journal.

Dessein’s mandate will last two years, from November 2023 to November 2025. The new Chairman is not new at all to EJT, indeed he was between the founders back in 2011.

But good news for the European Journal of Taxonomy is not over. The Steering Committee has also approved the entrance of a new member, the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, Tel-Aviv, Israel. Tamar Dayan has moved the application forward, so the Israelian museum will join the consortium. The EJT consortium currently includes 10 members representing 8 European countries: the National Museum of Natural History, Paris, France; Meise Botanic Garden, Meise, Belgium; the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium; the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels, Belgium; the Natural History Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark; the Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, The Netherlands; the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid, Spain; the Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change, Bonn, Germany; and the National Museum of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic. EJT is also endorsed by CETAF.

This is to recall that this consortium publishes a peer-reviewed international journal in descriptive taxonomy, covering the eukaryotic world. Its content is fully electronic and in Diamond Open Access: neither authors nor readers have to pay fees and EJT has published more than 1.200 articles in its history, with almost 50.000 pages. To further moving in that direction, from last summer on, EJT left the old Editorial Manager and moved to NESTOR (New Editorial System Tool for Research), a platform that was entirely developed in-house by EDP Sciences, an academic publisher founded by learned societies. 

The EJT consortium and EDP Sciences share a common vision of accessibility and dissemination of science. The engagement and facilities provided by this new platform will support the long-term commitment of EJT to the diamond Open Access model, where authors pay no fees to publish their research and readers access the articles freely.



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