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Next-generation publishing of omics data
Edited by Pier Luigi Buttigieg, Lyubomir Penev

Omics experiments are generating large quantities of data at an ever-increasing rate due to the constantly evolving technologies in the field of biology and environmental sciences. Commonly, omics datasets are deposited into public thematic repositories, such as the International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration (INSDC) databases  European Nucleotide Archive (ENA), GenBank and the DNA Data Bank of Japan (DDBJ), from where they are openly accessible. Datasets can also be described and published as data papers to receive additional visibility and citation credit as any other journal article. 

To facilitate and incentivise extended high quality metadata descriptions and scholarly publication of omics data, Pensoft has launched a new type of publication - OMICS Data Paper - in the Biodiversity Data Journal (BDJ). Authors are invited to describe their omic datasets by using the novel streamlined workflow for creating a manuscript at a click of a button from metadata deposited in ENA. Imported metadata will be automatically converted into a manuscript draft in the Arpha Writing Tool (AWT), where authors can edit and amend it with additional information and submit it for peer review and publication in BDJ. 

Alternatively, an omics data paper manuscript can be created directly in the AWT from where the data paper can be linked to any omics dataset, deposited in repositories other than ENA. 

Publication of the first 10 submitted manuscripts will be free of charge!

Papers published: 0
West of Urals 2020
Edited by Vince Smith, Dmitry Schigel, Ivan Chadin, Alexey Seregin

A special collection of data papers on European Russia (west of the Urals) in the Biodiversity Data Journal (BDJ) by GBIF - the Global Biodiversity Information Facility - in collaboration with the Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility (FinBIF) and Pensoft Publishers.

In correspondence with the funding priorities of this programme, at least 80% of the records in a dataset should have coordinates that fall within the priority area of European Russia west of the Ural mountains. However, authors of the paper may be affiliated with institutions anywhere in the world. Each of the data papers is a descriptor of more than 5,000 occurrence records from the target region that are new to Datasets may contain additional records from other regions, and can be published as occurrence or sampling-event datasets, as well as checklists.

See full description of the call and additional resources at

Papers published: 0
Azores Biota
Edited by Paulo A. V. Borges, Antóno Onofre Soares, Pedro Cardoso (Terrestrial Arthropods), Rosalina Gabriel (Fungi, Lichens, Bryophytes), Ana C. Costa and Sérgio P.A. Ávila (Marine Invertebrates), Ana Isabel Neto (Marine Macro-Algae), João Pedro Barreiros and José M.N. Azevedo (Marine Vertebrates), Luis F. Silva, Mónica Moura and Rui Elias (Vascular Plants), Pedro Raposeiro (Freshwater invertebrates) and Vitor Gonçalves (Cianobacteria)

Azores is an isolate volcanic archipelago located in the Atlantic which belongs to the Macaronesia biogeographical region and is among the richest regions concerning fungi, plant and animal diversity in Europe. Currently the total number of terrestrial taxa (species and subspecies) in the Azores is estimated of about 6,164. The total number of terrestrial endemic species and/or subspecies from the Azores is about 452 (411 species). Concerning the marine organisms, the listed the most updated list from 2010a, listed bout 1,883 taxa belonging to 16 Phyla.

The aim of this thematic collection is to collate all the publications dealing with the taxonomic diversity of Azorean terrestrial and marine biota including mostly the categories “Research Article”, “Taxonomic Paper” and “Data Paper”, but also “Alien Species Profiles” and “Species Conservation Profiles”

Papers published: 16   |  Total pages: 996
Insecta (1), Aves (1), Bryata (1), Araneae (2), Invertebrata (3), Cyanobacteria (1), Coleoptera (1), Lepidoptera (1), Chelicerata (1), Chordata (1), Arachnida (1), Fungi (1), Arthropoda (3), Plantae (1), Animalia (3), Hexapoda (1)
Oceans (1), Atlantic Ocean (2), Western Europe (2), World (1), Azores (2), Europe (6)
Proceedings of the 26th Annual Philippine Biodiversity Symposium

The Philippine Biodiversity Symposium is an annual gathering of researchers and practitioners working in the fields of wildlife studies and biodiversity conservation in the Philippines.
The 26th Annual Philippine Biodiversity Symposium was held on July 18-22, 2017 at the Ateneo de Manila University. Under the topic “New and Emerging Trends in Biodiversity Research and Conservation”, 16 plenary and 46 session presentations along with numerous posters from more than 300 participants focused on current research results and conservation efforts on Philippine biodiversity.

The symposium was co-organized by the Biodiversity Conservation Society of the Philippines (BCSP) and the Ateneo de Manila University Department of Biology, and presented in cooperation with Biodiversity Management Bureau of DENR, Foundation for the Philippine Environment, GIZ, Team Energy Foundation and Pensoft Publishers. The event was sponsored by Pensoft, the Center for Conservation Innovation, Crocodylus porosus Philippines Inc., Energy Development Cooperation,, Center for Outdoor Recreation and Expedition, Quezon City Government and Ateneo de Manila University Press, among others.

The event draws over 250 participants from the academic and research institutions, government agencies, non-government organizations, independent researchers, and high school, undergraduate and graduate students.

Selected studies that have been presented during the symposium are published in here.

Papers published: 2   |  Total pages: 40
Taxon Expeditions
Edited by Iva Njunjić, Menno Schilthuizen
Taxon Expeditions are biodiversity field courses for citizen scientists to the world's biodiversity hotspots. The discovery, description, and publication of new taxa form the core of these courses. In this collection, the papers resulting from Taxon Expeditions are amalgamated. For more information, please see:
Papers published: 5   |  Total pages: 58
Europe (1), Far East (1), Asia (1), Sabah (1), Brunei (2)
Advances in Biodiversity Information Standards. Selected papers from the TDWG 2016 Annual Conference
Edited by Cyndy Parr, Gail Kampmeier

This TDWG Special Collection in the Biodiversity Data Journal highlights major milestones and issues related to biodiversity informatics and the history of the Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) as an organization.

Papers published: 1   |  Total pages: 22
Salix transect of Europe
Papers published: 11   |  Total pages: 222
Europe (5)
LifeWatchGreece: Research infrastructure (ESFRI) for biodiversity data and data observatories
Edited by Christos Arvanitidis, Eva Chatzinikolaou, Vasilis Gerovasileiou, Emmanouela Panteri, Nicolas Bailly, Nikos Minadakis

LifeWatchGreece Special Collection highlights the key contributions to the large-scale European LifeWatch Research Infrastructure, whose ultimate goal is to model Earth’s biodiversity based on large-scale data, to build a vast network of partners, and to liaise with other high-quality and viable research infrastructures. The present series of papers effectively communicates the project’s outcomes, while opening up to the scientific community, the broader domain of biodiversity management and potential collaborators.

Papers published: 26   |  Total pages: 784
Contributions on Fauna Europaea
Edited by Yde de Jong
Papers published: 13   |  Total pages: 408
Checklist of the Hymenoptera of the British Isles
Edited by G.R. Broad
Papers published: 12   |  Total pages: 1934