500 issues of ZooKeys: Non-stop innovations in service to the taxonomic community

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Today, on the 27th of April 2015 ZooKeys published its jubilee 500th issue. Launched to accelerate the research and free information exchange in all disciplines of the zoological science, the open access journal ZooKeys had stuck to its mission with altogether 2436 articles and 65942 pages published since its start in July 2008.

Over the last two years, ZooKeys continued to increase its role in taxonomy sustained by implementing new publication models and technologies. In a race with the rapid destruction of ecosystems on the planet, the journal is seen as the best venue for describing the world’s biodiversity at a fast pace.


ZooKeys made its way to the top 10 journals publishing the greatest number of new taxa in Zoology reaching currently a second place in Thomson Reuters’ Index of Organism names right after Zootaxa. Our publications account for 5.55% of all newly described animal taxa from 2010 downwards.


But with ZooKeys it is not only about quantity. From its inception of 2008 ZooKeys has aimed to be a pioneer of innovation. It was the first journal ever to:


  • Implement semantic tagging and enhancements of taxonomic articles (since ZooKeys 50, 2010);

  • Gather real time information about any taxon name  from the Web at the click of a button via the Pensoft Taxon Profile (PTP);

  • Automate export of species descriptions and other taxon treatments to data aggregators (EOL, Plazi, Species ID) on the day of publication;

  • Simultaneously map published occurrence records by selection of all or some taxon treatments;

  • Convert taxon treatments into Wiki versions on Species-ID;

  • Introduce data publishing in taxonomy and elaborate the data paper concept and workflow together with GBIF;

  • Develop a concept of publishing of online identification keys and biodiversity software descriptions;

  • Implement the TaxPub schema (developed by Plazi) and archive all taxonomic content in PubMedCentral;

  • Mandatory register all new taxa in ZooBank and automate the whole registration process via software tool since 2013 (together with ZooBank);

  • Put special effort in PR and promotion for taxonomy and biodiversity informatics.


500 issues onwards ZooKeys is determined to continue the provision of a high-quality innovative publishing solutions!

Original Source:

Erwin T, Stoev P, Georgiev T, Penev L (2015) ZooKeys 500: traditions and innovations hand-in-hand servicing our taxonomic community! ZooKeys 500: 1–8. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.500.9844


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