Call for research outcomes addressing four UN Sustainable Development Goals in RIO Journal

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  • June 15, 2021
  • Eligible submissions enjoy a 50% discount off APCs in 2021 Since its launch in 2015, RIO Journal has been mapping its articles to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. The articles published so far span the entire research cycle, a broad range of research fields and all SDGs, which can also be […]

    Safe distance: How to make sure our outdoor activities don’t harm wildlife

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  • June 2, 2021
  • Spending time outdoors is good for a person’s body and soul, but how good is it for the wildlife around us? Outdoor recreation has become a popular activity, especially in the midst of a pandemic, where access to indoor activities might be limited. Long known to have negative behavioural and physiological effects on wildlife, outdoor […]

    Guest blog post: New tardigrade species honours Eurovision Song Contest winner

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  • May 31, 2021
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    guest blog post by Matteo Vecchi One of the main threats to biodiversity conservation is not recognizing the uniqueness of species – without a formal name, a species cannot be protected properly. Tardigrades – microorganisms also known as water bears or moss piglets – are no exception. When we were faced with two new species, […]

    Development anomalies recorded for the first time in a rare tiger moth

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  • May 28, 2021
  • The Menetries’ tiger moth (Arctia menetriesii) is one of the rarest and most poorly studied Palaearctic moth species. Even though its adult individuals are large and brightly coloured, they are difficult to spot, because they aren’t attracted to light, they’re not active at night, and they fly reluctantly. Currently, the species only inhabits two countries […]

    To combat global change, scientists must prioritize community partnerships

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  • May 20, 2021
  • Guest blog post by Kennedy “Ned” Rubert-Nason, Caitlin Mandeville and Kirsten Schwarz Global change is an immediate, accelerating threat to humanity, and its impacts are perpetuated by human activities. Changes such as climate warming, landscape alteration, pollution, resource extraction and depletion, extreme events, biodiversity loss, and spreading of invasive species including diseases, threaten the natural […]

    Recruiting participants to the first European Red list of insect taxonomists

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  • Contributors will enable the EU to take action to plug in the essential scientific knowledge to address insect declines The ‘Red List of Taxonomists’ initiative, funded by the European Union, launches its registration portal, where professionals and citizen scientists are called to register on. The purpose is to build a database of European taxonomy experts […]

    RIO Journal 5 years on: over 300 published outcomes from all around the research cycle

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  • May 18, 2021
  • Five years on, the Open Science-driven journal Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) published an editorial that looks back on the 300 research ideas and research outcomes it has published so far. Since its early days, RIO has enjoyed quite positive reactions from the open-minded academic community for its innovative approach to Open Science in practice: it provides a niche […]

    The incredible return of Griffon Vulture to Bulgaria’s Eastern Balkan Mountains

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  • May 17, 2021
  • Fifty years after presumably becoming extinct as a breeding species in Bulgaria, the Griffon Vulture, one of the largest birds of prey in Europe, is back in the Eastern Balkan Mountains. Since 2009, three local conservation NGOs – Green Balkans – Stara Zagora, the Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna and the Birds of Prey […]

    When conservation work pays off: After 20 years, the Saker Falcon breeds again in Bulgaria

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  • May 12, 2021
  • The Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) is a bird of prey living in plains and forest-steppes in the West and semi-desert montane plateaus and cliffs in the East. The majority of its Central and Eastern European population is migratory and spends winters in the Mediterranean, the Near East and East Africa. With its global population estimated […]

    Centrally-managed collections & Peer review flexibility: what’s new at RIO

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  • In order to really expedite and facilitate access to scientific knowledge, the hurdles for engagement with the process need to be minimized for readers, authors, reviewers and editors alike. RIO aims to lay the groundwork for constructive scientific feedback and dialogue that would then lead to the elaboration and refinement of the research work well in its early stage.