ZooKeys 1: 1-7, doi: 10.3897/zookeys.1.11
ZooKeys, unlocking Earth’s incredible biodiversity and building a sustainable bridge into the public domain: From “print-based” to “web-based” taxonomy, systematics, and natural history. ZooKeys Editorial Opening Paper
Lyubomir Penev, Terry Erwin, F. Christian Thompson, Hans-Dieter Sues, Michael Engel, Donat Agosti, Richard Pyle, Michael Ivie, Thorsten Assmann, Thomas Henry, Jeremy Miller, Natalia Ananjeva, Achille Casale, Wilson Lourenco, Sergei Golovatch, Hans-Peter Fagerholm, Stefano Taiti, Miguel Alonso-Zarazaga, Erik van Nieukerken
Abstract Publishing taxonomic and systematics studies in the digital era faces major challenges and requires new approaches, many of which are currently stimulating spirited discussions amongst taxonomists and systematists. New amendments to the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature are expected to regulate electronic publishing of new taxa and create a standard form for their registration (ZooBank). Responding to a perceived need, this editorial announces establishment of ZooKeys – a new online and print journal in zoological taxonomy and systematics, which aims to quickly respond and adapt to the newest developments in taxonomic publishing. Open Access is accepted as mandatory for ZooKeys. Th e rationale for and concept of ZooKeys is discussed in detail.