A new GBIF tool to convert descriptions of biodiversity data into scientific journal articles is now available. The aim is to give due recognition to efforts by scientists and institutions making data accessible to the wider scientific community. The manuscript can then be submitted to a scientific journal for peer review and possible publication. As well as providing potential benefits to the metadata publisher through citations of the article, the system will alert scientists and other users to the availability of “fit for use” biodiversity data resources. The tool, developed by GBIF in partnership with academic publishers Pensoft, creates so-called “Data Papers” from descriptions of datasets (metadata) involving species observations, specimen collections and other biodiversity data. An additional function incorporated into the latest version of GBIF’s Integrated Publishing Toolkit (IPT 2.0.2) automatically generates a manuscript from metadata giving key information about a dataset accessible via the GBIF data portal.
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