Journal History

The European Journal of Taxonomy was initiated by a task force of six people from the EDIT (European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy) network who worked together from June 2009 to September 2011 to propose a joint journal that would solve some of the issues identified in shifting from paper to e-only publishing for institutional journals in taxonomy. The task force was given a mandate by the EDIT directors to investigate the need for and feasibility of launching such a joint e-journal. After their investigation, the task force presented a business model involving natural history institutions (NHIs). These NHIs offer their financial support and/or their in-kind support (skilled publishing staff, IT staff), which provides autonomy for the journal. After a proofing period of the publishing model, workflow model and editorial team organisation, the first article was published on September 9th 2011.


In October 2015, the Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF) and EJT consortium agreed on the endorsement of the journal by the CETAF. EJT officially became a CETAF endorsed journal.