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Linking FAIR biodiversity data through publications: The BiCIKL approach
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Edited by Anne Thessen, J. Adilson Pinedo-Escatel, Jader Oliveira, Renan Barbosa, Krizler Tanalgo, Paulo A. V. Borges, Panakkool Thamban Aneesh, Hanieh Saeedi, Vincent Smith, Lyubomir Penev

The EU-funded project BiCIKL (Biodiversity Community Integrated Knowledge Library) supports free of charge* publications in a dedicated topical collection in the Biodiversity Data Journal, demonstrating advanced publishing methods of linked biodiversity data.

The criteria and requirements for publication are listed here. The authors need to acknowledge the BiCIKL project, Grant No 101007492 in the Acknowledgements section.

BiCIKL is dedicated to building a new community of key research infrastructures, researchers and citizen scientists by using linked FAIR biodiversity data at all stages of the research lifecycle, from specimens through sequencing, imaging, identification of taxa, etc., to final publication in novel, re-usable, human-readable and machine-interpretable scholarly articles. Achieving a culture change in how biodiversity data are being identified, linked, integrated and re-used is the mission of the BiCIKL consortium. By doing so, BiCIKL is to help increase the transparency, trustworthiness and efficiency of the entire research ecosystem.

In the Author's notes to the Editor, the authors will need to make a reference to the condition(s) their work complies with the requirements and expectations of the BiCIKL project, which are briefly outlined here. Likewise, they will need to abide by the community-agreed standards for terms, ontologies and vocabularies used in biodiversity informatics. 

The collection welcomes taxonomic and other biodiversity-related research articles, data papers, software descriptions, and methodological/theoretical papers. These should demonstrate the advantages and novel approaches in accessing and (re-)using linked biodiversity data. 

The criteria and requirements for publication are listed here. The authors need to acknowledge the BiCIKL project, Grant No 101007492 in the Acknowledgements section.

* The publication fee (APC) is waived for standard-sized manuscripts (up to 40,000 characters, including spaces) normally charged by BDJ at € 650. Authors of larger manuscripts will need to cover the surplus charge (€10 for each 1,000 characters above 40,000). See more about the APC policy at Biodiversity Data Journal, or contact the journal editorial team at:

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