Austrian Herpetological Society’s journal Herpetozoa moves to Pensoft’s ARPHA platform

Newly published research articles demonstrate numerous innovative features to the benefit of readers, authors and all other users

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Published since 1988 by the Austrian Herpetological Society (ÖGH, Österreichische Gesellschaft für Herpetologie), the renowned peer-reviewed, open-access Herpetozoa is added to the growing portfolio of international scientific journals published on the ARPHA scholarly platform, as a result of a new partnership with scholarly publisher and technology provider Pensoft.

As before, Herpetozoa welcomes original research articles, short contributions and reviews covering all aspects of the study of amphibians and reptiles. The papers are published in English, whereas a translation of the abstract into German may also be included. The journal operates a single-blind peer review policy.

Seen in the first 2019 publications of Herpetozoa, now available on a brand new website, is a long list of innovative features designed to promote visibility, access, reuse and citability of the scholarly outputs.

Right underneath the new sleek look and feel welcoming users from the journal’s homepage, there are a lot of high-tech perks to benefit authors, readers, reviewers and editors alike.

Thanks to the fast-track and convenient publishing provided by ARPHA, each manuscript is carried through all stages from submission and reviewing to dissemination and archiving without ever leaving the platform’s collaboration-friendly online environment.

Furthermore, all publications are available in three formats (PDF, XML, HTML), complete with a whole set of semantic enhancements, so that the articles are easy to find, access and harvest by both humans and machines.

Editor-in-Chief of Herpetozoa, Dr Günter Gollmann states:

“We decided to move to Open Access online publishing to increase the visibility of our journal, and to speed up the publication process. The highly attractive presentation provided by Pensoft should boost attention for the papers we publish. While Herpetozoa welcomes contributions of any length on all topics in herpetology, I hope that authors will appreciate the suitability of the new format for data-rich studies in natural history. Such research is often dismissed as “too descriptive” by other international journals, but is essential for conservation of biodiversity,”


ARPHA’s and Pensoft’s founder and CEO Prof Lyubomir Penev says:

“I am pleased to see Herpetozoa having found its new home on the ARPHA platform amongst all Pensoft journals and other highly reputed academic titles from around the globe. With our own strong background in zoological sciences, I am certain that our partnership with Herpetozoa will be quick to prove fruitful to both of us, but most importantly, to all readers, authors, editors and reviewers alike.”

With its move to the open-access, technologically advanced scholarly publishing platform, Herpetozoa lines up next to historical and well-known society journals, including Deutsche Entomologische ZeitschriftAlpine Entomology (previously Journal of the Swiss Entomological Society), Journal of Hymenoptera ResearchZoologia and others, which have all chosen to modernise with the help of ARPHA.

What’s new on Herpetozoa?

Amongst the first batch of articles published in Herpetozoa in partnership with ARPHA/Pensoft, there is an Italian study tracking the long-disputed origin of the Mediterranean-native common chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleo) back to its ancestors in North Africa and the Middle East. Another paper by a research team from Romania compares the effects of carnivore, vegetarian and omnivorous diets on the growth, development and mortality in tadpoles of the common toad. In their study of the South American frog species Leptodactylus fuscus, scientists from Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul (Brazil) compare the diet of a population living in the wild with another one, which inhabits an urban environment. Their aim was to determine the impact urbanisation could be having on this otherwise abundant amphibian.

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Herpetozoa is indexed in Biological AbstractsBIOSIS (Previews)Current Contents – AgriculturalScience Citation Index (Expanded)Web of ScienceZoological Record (Plus). Currently, its Journal Impact Factor stands at 1.125.

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About the Austrian Herpetological Society:

The Austrian Herpetological Society (Österreichische Gesellschaft für Herpetologie, ÖGH) was founded in 1984 to advance all branches of herpetology. The society supports scientific research and promotes conservation of amphibians and reptiles, as well as their habitats. To raise public awareness of these animal groups, ÖGH organizes meetings and excursions and publishes the journals Herpetozoa and ÖGH-Aktuell.

MEPhI’s Nuclear Energy and Technology journal moves to the OA scholarly platform ARPHA

The first issue since the transition is now live on NUCET’s new website

Devoted to an extensive range of research fields within the domain of nuclear science, the open access, peer-reviewed Nuclear Energy and Technology (NUCET) journal moves to the journal publishing platform ARPHA, developed by Pensoft, in order to provide a whole set of novel technological advancements to its users: readers, authors and editors alike.

The first journal issue since the transition is now live on NUCET‘s new website and features a total of 12 research articles, covering topics including nuclear power plant operation, reactor physics and thermal hydraulics.

Launched in September 2015 by the internationally recognised National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), the journal has since been providing an open-access, peer-reviewed English-language outlet for original research, ideas and developments for scientists from around the globe. The journal is managed by the Institute of Nuclear Physics and Technology of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI.

Areas covered by NUCET feature:

  • Reactor physics;
  • Heat transfer and fluid dynamics;
  • Nuclear safety and radiation protection;
  • Nuclear physics, fusion and radiation application;
  • Nuclear fuel cycle and radioactive waste management;
  • Nuclear fuel and reactor materials;
  • Nuclear policy, economics and education issues.

Homepage of the new website of the Nuclear Energy and Technology (NUCET) journal.

Beyond the sleek new website, ARPHA platform provides various high-tech perks to ensure that the entire publishing process – beginning with manuscript submission and continuing all the way to the dissemination, archiving and indexing of the article’s content and metadata – takes place within its single online environment.

With each article being simultaneously published in semantically-enriched PDF, HTML and XML formats, the publications are easy to discover, access and harvest by both researchers and computers. As a result, research published in NUCET is easier to cite, reuse, build on and replicate.

“I’m delighted to welcome NUCET to the growing portfolio of scholarly journals published on ARPHA,” says ARPHA’s and Pensoft’s founder and CEO Prof. Lyubomir Penev. “As the first nuclear science journal joining ARPHA, I believe that NUCET could easily be regarded as a harbinger of a promising new area of collaboration and enterprise.”

“Today we are celebrating an important event – the first issue of the journal Nuclear Energy and Technology on the ARPHA platform.” As the Rector of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI and NUCET’s Editor-in-Chief Prof. Mikhail Strikhanov says: “NUCET is an English-language periodical of the MEPhI that is promoting the results of our research to the worldwide scientific community”.

He also explains that the choice of platform was not accidental:

Prof. Mikhail Strikhanov, Rector of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI and Editor-in-Chief of NUCET

“We have analyzed many publishing platforms and explored their strengths and weaknesses. ARPHA publishes many high-quality journals, and it is very important for us to be the first in the field of nuclear physics there. We are looking forward to continuing cooperation with Pensoft, and we are confident that with the help of ARPHA NUCET has an incredible future and the quality of its materials will be at a high level”.

Nuclear Energy and Technology (NUCET) is the fifth Russian journal to move to ARPHA Platform, following Comparative CytogeneticsResearch results in PharmacologyRussian Journal of Economics and Arctic Environmental Research.

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About National Research Nuclear University MEPhI:

The National Research Nuclear University MEPhI is a leading Russian university and a research and educational centre with honourable traditions and clear vision of the future.

It empowers the world’s best nuclear technological experts and talented students to produce secure and stable energy, excel in creating applicable science, boost human capital and economic output in various fields, support industry and business and be innovative and creative.

MEPhI is proud of its ambitious and skilled experts in science and engineering who have graduated at the university since its establishment in 1942, including six Nobel laureates, who have themselves later contributed to the educational process and research activities at the institute.

Economics journals hosted on ARPHA to have their content indexed at RePEc

The first to take advantage of the service is the most recent addition to the journal platform’s portfolio — Russian Journal of Economics

Following the recent integration between ARPHA and the collaborative project RePEc (Research Papers in Economics), journals publishing in economics will have their articles indexed in RePEc decentralised bibliographic database upon moving to the technologically advanced platform.

Working with 50,000 registered authors from around the globe, having indexed about 2.3 million research publications from 2,800 journals, and serving over 80,000 email subscriptions on a weekly basis, RePEc’s services are set to further increase the discoverability and creditability of economics papers published in any ARPHA-hosted journal.

The collaboration was inspired by the recent move of the open access peer-reviewed Russian Journal of Economics to ARPHA. Shortly after appearing on the journal’s new website provided by the platform, RuJE’s first 2018 issue, themed ‘The Austrian School of Economics: Its Reception in European Countries,’ was also available via the RePEc’s web interfaces, including IDEAS.

“Having added yet another web-service integration to the list, ARPHA once more demonstrates its flexibility and customer-oriented approach when it comes to providing a new home for journals looking to step up and provide all those innovative and high-tech features to their users,” says ARPHA’s and Pensoft’s founder and CEO Prof. Lyubomir Penev. “In times where the findability of a research publication is almost as important as its quality, I am certain that our integration with RePEc will significantly benefit our clients specialising in economics.”

Speaking in Novosibirsk, Russia, the founder of RePEc, Thomas Krichel noted, “When I set out what would become RePEc in the early 1990, my vision was of a non-proprietary system that all could contribute to, and that all could use freely. My particular concern was to level the playing field between publishers. Open access content is particularly valuable. I am pleased that ARPHA has chosen that publishing avenue.”

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Additional information:

About RePEc:

RePEc (Research Papers in Economics) is a collaborative effort of hundreds of volunteers in 96 countries to enhance the dissemination of research in economics and related sciences.

The heart of the project is a decentralised bibliographic database of working papers, journal articles, books, books chapters and software components, all maintained by volunteers. The collected data are then used in various services that provide the collected metadata to users or enhance it.

So far, over 1,900 archives from 96 countries have contributed about 2.3 million research pieces from 2,800 journals and 4,500 working paper series. About 50,000 authors have registered and 75,000 email subscriptions are served every week.

RePEc grew out of the NetEc project founded by Thomas Krichel in 1993.