Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) has partnered with Pensoft Publishers to establish a new journal, Biodiversity Information Science and Standards (BISS). With a strong commitment to open access online publishing, the journal features abstracts and articles relating to biodiversity standards and the science underpinning their development and use.


BISS will now be the venue for TDWG Proceedings, i.e., the abstracts of presentations, posters, demonstrations, and workshop reports from our annual conferences. BISS will also be the preferred venue for full articles describing TDWG standards. In addition, authors are invited to contribute articles relevant to the science and sharing of biodiversity information, including descriptions of:

  • biodiversity information resources
  • biodiversity-oriented software and programming interfaces
  • forum and position papers
  • case studies illustrating development or application of new methods or approaches in biodiversity informatics
  • data and software reviews.

BISS uses the innovative ARPHA publishing platform, streamlining the authoring, peer reviewing, and indexing process in a single collaborative environment.

Article processing charges (APCs)

Charges for full articles outside of the volume dedicated to the annual meeting abstracts are € 480 (for TDWG members in good standing) or € 560 (for non-members). The APC discounted rate is a membership benefit available to submitting or corresponding authors. Articles relating to the core business of TDWG (e.g., publication of new standards) will have their APCs waived at the discretion of the TDWG Executive.

APCs for conference abstracts will be determined each year by the Conference Organizing Committees. Current practice is to build these into registration fees and/or to solicit sponsoring contributions for the annual proceedings.

The Editorial Board invites applications for subject editors.