European Journal of Taxonomy: A Public Collaborative Project in Open Access Scholarly Communication


  • Laurence Bénichou Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle 57 rue Cuvier 75005 Paris France
  • Koen Martens Royal Belgian Institute of natural Sciences, Brussels
  • Graham Higley Natural History Museum, London
  • Isabelle Gérard Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren
  • Steven Dessein National Botanic Garden of Belgium, Meise
  • Daphné Duin VU-University Amsterdam, Dep. of Organization Sciences & Network Institute,
  • Mark John Costello Leigh Marine Laboratory, University of Auckland



Business model, Open Access, Public cooperation


Most natural history institutions in Europe have been scientific publishers since
their foundation and have a long scholarly publishing tradition. Nowadays, they are
confronted with rapid technological developments and face complex strategic and
technical questions related to visibility, access, format, and the financial structure of
their titles. These issues require a common vision and an international strategy to
ensure that the community acts in a consistent and coordinated way. A consortium
of institutions is thus launching the European Journal of Taxonomy to provide an
alternative public open-access business model, where neither authors nor readers have
to pay fees for subscriptions or publication. This paper focuses on the benefits for the
institutions on taking greater control over their communication process.