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Published: 2020-01-31
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Megataxa for big science questions in taxonomy

Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, 231 Morrin Road, Auckland, New Zealand Centre for Biodiversity & Biosecurity, School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
biodiversity species discovery inventory capacity building integrative taxonomy


I am delighted to announce the inaugural issue of Megataxa, a new journal designed for large monographic reviews and highly significant original papers reporting major advances in taxonomy. Megataxa aims to be a premium journal of high impact to encourage most important works in taxonomy. As a general journal of taxonomy, Megataxa will also include an editorial/correspondence section to allow announcements of major news, debates of highly significant issues, theory/method papers of general taxonomic significance, and biographic profiles for recently passed eminent taxonomists.



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    Borkent, A. (2020) Shrinking biodiversity, dwindling taxonomy and building a broader science. Megataxa, 1 (1), 53–58.

    Boxshall, G.A. (2020) Self-help for taxonomists: three things we must do for taxonomy to survive. Megataxa, 1 (1), 39–42.

    Britz, R., Hundsdörfer, A. & Fritz, U. (2020) Funding, training, permits—the three big challenges of taxonomy. Megataxa, 1 (1), 49–52.

    Ceballos, G., Ehrlich, P.R., Barnosky, A.D., García, A., . Pringle, R.M. & Palmer, T.M. (2015) Accelerated modern human–induced species losses: Entering the sixth mass extinction. Science Advances, 1, 5, e1400253.

    Coleman, C.O. & Radulovici, A.E. (2020) Challenges for the future of taxonomy: talents, databases and knowledge growth. Megataxa, 1 (1), 28–34.

    Christenhusz, M.J.M. (2020) On species concepts, phylogenetics and the science of natural history—three current questions facing taxonomy. Megataxa, 1 (1), 67–72.

    Christenhusz, M.J.M., Chase, M.W., Fay, M.F., Lumbsch, T., Monro, A., Vorontsova, M. & Zhang, Z.-Q. (2009) A new international journal for rapid publication of botanical taxonomy. Phytotaxa, 1, 1–2.

    Dupérré, N. (2020) Old and new challenges in taxonomy: what are taxonomists up against? Megataxa, 1 (1), 59–62.

    Hutchings, P. (2020) Major issues facing taxonomy—a personal perspective. Megataxa, 1 (1), 46–48.

    Longino, J.T. (2020) Navigating the Ship of Theseus from typology to cartography. Megataxa, 1 (1), 43–45.

    Lücking, R. (2020) Three challenges to contemporaneous taxonomy from a licheno-mycological perspective. Megataxa, 1 (1), 78–103.

    Lumbsch, H.T., Ahti, T., Altermann, S., De Paz, G.A., Aptroot, A., Arup, U., Pena, A.B., Bawingan, P.A., Benatti, M.N., Betancourt, L., Bjork, C.R., Boonpragob, K., Brand, M., Bungartz, F., Caceres, M.E.S., Candan, M., Chaves, J.L., Clerc, P., Common, R., Coppins, B.J., Crespo, A., Dal-Forno, M., Divakar, P.K., Duya, M.V., Elix, J.A., Elvebakk, A., Fankhauser, J.D., Farkas, E., Ferraro, L.I., Fischer, E., Galloway, D.J., Gaya, E., Giralt, M., Goward, T., Grube, M., Hafellner, J., Hernandez, J.E., Campos, M.D.H., Kalb, K., Karnefelt, I., Kantvilas, G., Killmann, D., Kirika, P., Knudsen, K., Komposch, H., Kondratyuk, S., Lawrey, J.D., Mangold, A., Marcelli, M.P., Mccune, B., Messuti, M.I., Michlig, A., Gonzalez, R.M., Moncada, B., Naikatini, A., Nelsen, M.P., Ovstedal, D.O., Palice, Z., Papong, K., Parnmen, S., Perez- Ortega, S., Printzen, C., Rico, V.J., Plata, E.R., Robayo, J., Rosabal, D., Ruprecht, U., Allen, N.S., Sancho, L., De_Jesus, L.S., Vieira, T.S., Schultz, M., Seaward, M.R.D., Serusiaux, E., Schmitt, I., Sipman, H.J.M., Sohrabi, M., Sochting, U., Sogaard, M.Z., Sparrius, L.B., Spielmann, A., Spribille, T., Sutjaritturakan, J., Thammathaworn, A., Thell, A., Thor, G., Thus, H., Timdal, E., Truong, C., Turk, R., Tenorio, L.U., Upreti, D.K., Van den Boom, P., Rebuelta, M.V., Wedin, M., Will-Wolf, S., Wirth, V., Wirtz, N., Yahr, R., Yeshitela, K., Ziemmeck, F., Wheeler, T. & Lucking, R. (2011) One hundred new species of lichenized fungi: a signature of undiscovered global diversity. Phytotaxa, 18, 1–127.

    Minelli, A. (2020) Taxonomy needs pluralism, but a controlled and manageable one. Megataxa, 1 (1), 9–18.

    Orr, M.C., Ascher, J.S., Bai, M., Chesters, D. & Zhu, C.-D. (2020) Three questions: How can taxonomists survive and thrive worldwide? Megataxa, 1 (1), 19–27.

    Prathapan, K.D. & Rajan, P.D. (2020) Advancing Taxonomy in the Global South and completing the Grand Linnaean Enterprise. Megataxa, 1 (1), 73–77.

    Saunders, T.E. (2020) Taxonomy at a crossroads: Communicating value, building capability, and seizing opportunities for the future. Megataxa, 1 (1), 63–66.

    Vences, M. (2020) The promise of next-generation taxonomy. Megataxa, 1 (1), 35–38.

    Wheeler, Q. (2020) A taxonomic renaissance in three acts. Megataxa, 1 (1), 4–8.

    Zhang, Z.-Q. (2011) Accelerating biodiversity descriptions and transforming taxonomic publishing: the first decade of Zootaxa. Zootaxa, 2896, 1–7.

    Zhang, Z.-Q. (2014) Sustaining the development of world’s foremost journal in biodiversity discovery and inventory: Zootaxa editors and their contributions. Zootaxa, 3753 (6), 597–600.