EJT marks its tenth anniversary with a look back on a decade’s worth of data


From the outset, EJT has sought to make descriptive taxonomy research as widely available as possible to promote innovation and scientific advancement. A paper published on the occasion of the journal’s tenth year provides insights on how to achieve the goal of making EJT data findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable.

More than 900 articles have been published in the European Journal of Taxonomy since it was launched in 2011 and its reach now makes it one of the leading journals in descriptive taxonomy.

Until recently, digital copies of EJT papers were published in portable document format (PDF) with a structure that impeded the rapid dissemination of data on various platforms. For the past few years, EJT has been looking for ways to liberate this wealth of data, most notably by retro-converting older PDFs to make the information hew closer to FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data principles for open science.
The results of this attempt are discussed in a paper that appears in the journal’s 782 volume to mark a decade of the journal’s existence, and the insights gleaned from the experience show the way forward for scientific publishing.

The full article can be read here: https://doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2021.782.1597