Friday, April 22, 2011

Good presentation on European Journal of Taxonomy at the BioOne meeting

European Journal of Taxonomy: A Model for Collaborative Publication by Laurence Bénichou, Publications Manager and Deputy Head, Scientific Publications, Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris and Michèle Ballinger, Editorial Manager, Scientific Publications, Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris.

Overview of how the EJT was started and organizations involved.

MNHN have about 368K printed works; 68 million scientific specimens; world's largest herbarium; 1,880 employees; 2 million visitors a year; 350 students in a degree granting program. Publishes both monographs and journals. Most publishing occurs in the areas of speciality of the museum.

EJT grew out of the EDIT project (European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy). Member institutions already either publish or host the publication of many journals.

Description of how the publication and editorial process for EJT works. Does not differ in most ways from any typical scholarly not for profit science publication.

Scholary publishing costs and who pays:
- Research (institutions)
- Peer review (institutions)
- editing/layout/dissemination (commercial or institutional publisher)
- Customer/consumer (institutions through libraries or researcher affiliation)

3/4 costs are always footed by research institutions; 4/4 when the publishers is the institution.

Problems with moving to electronic only:
- nomenclature rules about name publication
- library exchange programs
- long term preservation of electronic publications
- lack of resources and technical staff

Who would benefit from the establishment of EJT?
- small journals w/out impact factor
- journals with high impact factors that can't publish all qualified papers
- journals commercially outsourced that have lost editorial control (in attempt to increase the impact factor)

EJT launched to address all these issues.

EJT task group formed to create a joint journal from 7 institutions (Belgium, France, UK, Spain, and Denmark)

EJT is a fully electronic publication with fast track publication in descriptive taxonomy; global focus by based in Europe. Uses XML for efficient data exchange. Makes content available in multiple formats and with extractable data elements for repurposing by various other 3rd parties (e.g. EOL, BHL, ZooBank, etc.)

Benefits of EJT:
- users get easy access to content
- authors have better visibility
- taxonomic field gets increased visibility
- publishers have the benefit of showing expertise, importance of mission, etc.

Key aspects of EJT:
- Free OA where neither the authorr or reader pays
- empowers publishing staff
- sets up a cross-institutional strategy at the European level

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