Herpetozoa renews its contract with Pensoft for a


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Herpetozoa, the peer-reviewed scientific journal of the Austrian Herpetological Society, renewed his contract with Pensoft, re-signing with the learned publisher for another five years. Published since 1988, the journal provides space for research articles, short contributions, and reviews dealing with all aspects of the study of amphibians and reptiles.

Seduced by the opportunities offered by open access publishing, and keen to improve its visibility, Herpetozoa first came to Pensoft in 2019. The move gave the newspaper a brand new website and a full range of publishing services tailored to the needs of academic publications on the topic of biodiversity available from ARPHA, the publishing platform developed by Pensoft.

In ARPHA’s expedited publishing system, each manuscript goes through all stages, from submission and review to release and archiving, never leaving the platform’s user-friendly online environment. In addition, semantic enhancements, automated data export to aggregators, web service integrations with leading indexing databases and a variety of publishing formats ensure that all articles are easy to find, access. and for use by both humans and machines.

The journal also uses ARPHA pre-prints, another service developed by Pensoft to streamline public access to the latest scientific discoveries. The platform allows authors to submit a preprint in seconds with their manuscript, without the need to upload additional files. After a quick internal selection, the preprint is then made available on ARPHA Preprints within a few days. Once the associated article is published, a two-way link between the article and the preprint is established via Cross reference.

Over the past three years we have seen Herpetozoa publish some rather peculiar discoveries that quickly attracted the attention of the world media. This was the case with a series of unpublished observations of kukri snakes gut toads and eat their organs while they are alive. At the same time, the journal does not fail to draw the public’s attention to pressing issues of conservation and loss of biodiversity such as reptile poaching in Pakistan, as well as innovative methods to monitor delicate amphibians in a non-invasive way.


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About the Austrian Society of Herpetology:

The Austrian Society of Herpetology (Österreichische Gesellschaft für Herpetologie, ÖGH) was founded in 1984 to advance all branches of herpetology. The company supports scientific research and promotes the conservation of amphibians and reptiles, as well as their habitats.

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