Senckenberg Nature Research is moving three journals on the ARPHA platform

Arthropod Systematics & Phylogeny, Vertebrate Zoology and Geologica Saxonica are the latest historical addresses for the selection of the various services and advanced technology provided by the scientific publishing platform born in OA

One of Germany’s largest natural research societies, the Senckenberg Nature Research Society has moved three of its open access international scientific journals to the ARPHA publishing platform, after a recent contract with scientific publisher and technology provider Pensoft.

After choosing a white label publishing solution, the journals remain under the community brand and Senckenberg Natural History Collections Dresden, one of the oldest natural science museums in the world. Despite the move to a new platform, access to the previous folders of magazines remains available from a link on the home pages of their website.

After recently moving to the publishing platform developed by Pensoft, Systemic and evolutionary arthropodsAnd Vertebrate Zoology And Geological Saxonica Not only did they acquire their bright and easy-to-use websites, but they also took advantage of ARPHA’s rapid end-to-end publishing signature system, which benefits all magazine users: authors, reviewers and editors alike. In addition, journals already use many unique services offered by ARPHA, including publishing in PDF format, linguistically augmented HTML, and machine-readable XML formats; Advanced data publishing; Usage metrics at the sub-article level; Automated export of sub-material items and data to master compilers; Integration of web services with major indexing and archiving databases; And others.

In particular, to attract authors, editors, and reviewers, the ARPHA-focused environment takes care of online collaboration after every manuscript submitted during the review, editing, publishing, publishing and archiving phases, so that no one needs to deal with locally stored files and transfer them by email or third-party cloud storage . Additionally, the platform is designed to notify users regularly of any action required, thus avoiding unnecessary communication burden and ensuring speedy scripts processing.

All three journals operate on Diamond Open Access policy, thanks to Senckenberg Nature Research Society support, making the journals free for publication for all authors.

Systemic and evolutionary arthropods

Arthropod Systematics & Phylogeny is the successor to the historic Entomologische Abhandlungen, previously published by the Museum of Zoology in Dresden.

Its scope covers taxonomy, morphology, anatomy, genetics, historical biogeography, and palaeontology of arthropod taxa, but excludes zoology and research with a strong regional focus. New taxon descriptions are only welcome when included in a broader context, for example, a relativistic, evolutionary, or biogeographic framework.

Currently, the magazine has an impact factor of 1.51 and a continuous increase in Scopus CiteScore.

Vertebrate Zoology

Likewise, vertebrate zoology was preceded by Zoologische Abhandlungen, which was also published by the Museum of Zoology in Dresden. Its first posts since moving to the ARPHA platform and part of the magazine’s first volume of 2021 are a reality.

The journal deals with research in taxonomy, morphology, anatomy, genetics, historical biogeography, and vertebrate palaeontology. Again, new item descriptions must be incorporated into appropriate context, for example, a complete review of an item. To support accountability and reproducibility in science and academia, the journal requires that studied samples be deposited in a public science collection.

The vertebrate zoology impact factor currently stands at 1,167, while the last Scopus CiteScore is at 2.1 (2019).

Geological Saxonica

Geologica Saxonica – Central European geology journal, began its life in 1876, when it was founded under the name Mitteilungen aus dem Königlichen Mineralogisch-Geologischen und Prähistorischen a museum by German geologist Hans Bruno Genitz, famous for his work on carbonate and chalk rocks and the excavations of Saxony.

The journal’s scope covers geology, paleontology, stratigraphy, rocks, mineralogy, and history of geosciences with a focus on Central Europe.

“At Pensoft, we are delighted to support a world-famous natural history association such as Senckenberg in passing on its legacy and treasure of knowledge to our days and beyond. Now, with ARPHA’s white-label solution, we are sure that journals will simultaneously maintain their identity and enjoy all the benefits of modern and advanced publishing. Technically, ”comments Pensoft, ARPHA Founder and CEO Prof. Lyubomir Penev.

“We are very pleased that we have found trusted partners at Pensoft and the ARPHA platform for our three publications to increase their visibility,” says Professor Dr. Uwe Fritz, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Vertebrate Zoology and Head of the Department of Zoology at the Senckenberg Natural History Collections in Dresden. He adds, “Senckenberg’s scientific publications have a long history – nearly 200 years – and are now presented in an innovative new design with unprecedented retrieval options!”

Senckenberg is not the first reputable German research institution to sign an agreement with Pensoft and the ARPHA Platform. Since 2014, the Museum of Natural History in Berlin has documented in the publisher its own historical titles in the field of biology: Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift, Zoosystematics and Evolution. In 2017, the University of Hamburg’s Evolutionary Systematics, another prominent journal with a legacy in zoology, followed suit. Last year, Zitteliana, a historical scholarly journal covering all areas of paleontology and geobiology by the State Natural History Collection in Bavaria (SNSB), announced that it has joined the portfolio of journals for Pensoft and the ARPHA Platform.


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About Senckenberg:

Senckenberg, of research institutes and natural history museums, conducts research in biology and geology. The main research areas are biodiversity, ecosystem research, and research on the entire Earth, human and Earth system. Senckenberg is headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, but research on marine, land and climate systems is also present at nine additional sites across Germany: in Dresden, Gellenhausen, Görlitz, Hamburg, Messel, Munsberg, Tübingen, Weimar and Wilhelmshaven. Senckenberg employs around 900 people, including 300 scientists. Senckenberg scholars are active in projects all over the world, most of which are international collaborations with universities and other research institutions. Senckenberg hosts biological and geological research groups with over 40 million series.

About Pensoft:

Pensoft is an independent academic publishing company, known worldwide for its innovations in semantic publishing, as well as advanced publishing tools and workflows. In 2013, Pensoft launched its first-ever XML-based authoring, review, and publishing workflow, as illustrated in the Pensoft Writing Tool (PWT) and Biodiversity Data Journal (BDJ), which has now been upgraded to the ARPHA publishing platform. Headlines include: Research Ideas and Findings (RIO), Single Ecosystem, ZooKeys, Biodiversity Data Journal, PhytoKeys, MycoKeys and many more.

About ARPHA:

ARPHA is the first solution for comprehensive publishing, narration and integrated data that supports the entire life cycle of a manuscript, from authoring to review, publishing and publishing. ARPHA provides streamlined and streamlined production workflows that can be customized according to the needs of the journal. The platform enables a variety of publishing models through a number of options for branding, production, and revenue models to choose from.

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Lyubomir Penev, CEO and Founder at ARPHA and Pensoft
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