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One of the World’s oldest entomological journals Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift goes advanced open access with Pensoft

One of the oldest entomological journals Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift enters in a new collaboration with Pensoft Publishers to step right into the future with an innovative publishing platform. The first issue for 2014 is now available in a novel open access, semantically enriched format to show how tradition and innovation can work together.

Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift was founded in 1857 as Berliner Entomologische Zeitschrift by the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin. The journal is recognized as one of the oldest in entomology worldwide, and the oldest one in Germany. It publishes original research papers in English on the systematics, taxonomy, phylogeny, evolution, comparative morphology, and biogeography of insects.

As a member of Pensoft’s family of advanced open access journals, Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift now benefits from the innovative semantically enriched open access model, while at the same time keeping the traditional PDF and high quality print versions.

The new open access format means not just that the articles and all associated materials are free to download but even more so that novel approaches are used in the dissemination and reuse of published content.

This is not only of use for the authors who can freely share and promote their articles and hence benefit from increased citation rates and new collaboration opportunities, but for the whole scientific community as the articles become available practically to everyone, independent of an access via a library or a university server. More and more taxonomic works are being published by experts from developing and transitional countries and open access is the only way to provide them with an open and efficient mechanism for exchange and growth of knowledge.

Pensoft also ensures the visibility and longevity of published taxonomic information by distributing it to global portals, such as Encyclopedia of Life, Plazi Treatment Repository, the wiki treatment repository Species-ID, and many others. New taxon names published in the journal are also automatically registered in ZooBank through an innovative workflow pioneered by Pensoft.

“With the beginning of this year the Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift, one of the world’s oldest entomology journals, became a front-line fighter of modern scientific publishing. When I was invited to take the editorship for this journal, it was the perspective to lead it onto the modern publishing paths of Pensoft that excited me most. The transfer to the new publisher brings changes about which are all, as I see it, for the benefit of the scientific community.” comments Dominique Zimmerman from the Natural History Museum Vienna, Editor-in-Chief of the journal.

“Innovation is central to how Pensoft sees its role as a publisher. We strongly believe that the attractive combination between historical legacy and tradition and the advanced publishing technologies of Pensoft will take Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift into the future!” said the Managing Director of Pensoft Publishers, Prof. Lyubomir Penev.


Original Source:

Zimmermann D (2014) Jump into the future: Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift goes for advanced open access in its 157 th publishing year. Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift 61(1): 1-1. doi: 10.3897/dez.61.7967


Additional Information:

Museum für Naturkunde – Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity is a research museum within the Leibniz Association. It is one of the most significant research institutions worldwide in biological and geo-scientific research on evolution and biodiversity. Established in 1810, its collections comprise more than 30 million items relating to zoology, palaeontology, geology and mineralogy, which are highly significant for science as well as for the history of science and at the centre of the research performed at the Museum.

Pensoft Publishers specialize in academic and professional book and journal publishing, mostly in the field of biodiversity science and natural history. In 2008, Pensoft launched its first open-access journals named ZooKeys and BioRisk, and since then it has taken a leadership in introducing innovations in the field of open access. On 16th of September 2013, Pensoft launched the Biodiversity Data Journal (BDJ) and the associated Pensoft Writing Tool (PWT), as the first workflow ever to put together article authoring, community peer-review, publishing and dissemination within a single online collaborative platform.


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