TaxOn: Taxonomy Online
TaxOn is a platform for online publication of taxonomical descriptions.
Its workflow processes of authoring, reviewing, change and release management are
designed in accordance with the ISO 9000 series for documentation of quality
management systems. Printing a hardcopy of released articles results in valid
descriptions of new taxa according to international codes of nomenclature.
TaxOn's functions are listed below. To access them, you have to log in as a
Online authoring / editing process
As a registered user, one can create or edit descriptions to any chosen taxa according to the wiki-principle.
Pictures can either be uploaded or referenced from partner sites.
Once reviewers have been assigned to the paper, their comments can at any point be included.
When both the authoring and reviewing processes are finished, one of the authors is enabled
to set the release status of the document to 'true'. => workflow process
Online reviewing process
Opening the personal review - list one finds all taxa for which one has been requested to
be a reviewer by the author. By rejection, the taxon is cleared from the list and the author
has to select another reviewer. Agreement, on the other hand, starts an interactive process of
adding comments that are taken into account by the author. In addition, comments from other
reviewers may be integrated. As soon as the paper is accepted by all reviewers, its release status
may be set to 'true'. => workflow process
Online release process
As soon as all reviewers have accepted a description, its release status may be set to 'true' by any of the authors.
This is done by printing a hardcopy of the document.
At that point, the present date is set as release date and the current version of the paper is stored and
added to a version list. The document can repeatedly be printed or be converted to pdf [in preparation]. => workflow process
Automated change control
If a released document is to be edited again, a backup copy of the version is generated. The
document is automatically assigned a new version number in chronological order and the release status is
set 'false'. Re-release is not possible until the choosen reviewers have accepted the changes. => workflow process