About Pensoft

Company profile

Pensoft is an independent academic publishing company, well known worldwide for its novel cutting-edge publishing tools, workflows and methods for text and data publishing of journals, books and conference materials. Through its Research and Technical Development department, the company is involved in various research and technology projects. Pensoft also provides services in website design and development, building of integrated publishing platforms and in science communication.


Founded in 1992 "by scientists, for scientists" and initially focusing on book publishing, Pensoft is now a leading publisher of innovative open access journals. Pensoft has published more than 1,000 books and over 11,500 open access articles in a number of academic journals, hosted on the ARPHA Publishing Platform developed by the company. Among them, worth mentioning are Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO), ZooKeys, Biodiversity Data Journal, PhytoKeys, MycoKeys, Nature Conservation, NeoBiota, Comparative Cytogenetics and many others. In 2010, Pensoft was the first publisher to implement semantic tagging and enrichment of published articles as a routine editorial practice.

Open access policy

Advocating for open science, at Pensoft we take it as our duty to make the research published with us openly available to everyone. This is why journal articles and issues are immediately distributed worldwide upon publication, free to read, download and print. We have adopted as default the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 for all publications in any Pensoft journal, meaning that any published work is available for distribution as long as the original publication source is acknowledged.

Again in the spirit of open and collaborative research, authors are encouraged to post their work online (e.g., institutional repositories or their websites). Such practices trigger productive exchange, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

Innovations & Tools

ARPHA Publishing Platform

We have been seeking a way to scrap the notion of academic publishing being a time-consuming and exhausting venture for any author ready to present a piece of research. In the end, we came up with the first of its kind publishing platform to combine Authoring, Reviewing, Publishing, Hosting and Archiving all in one place. Bearing the name ARPHA, it is implemented to all Pensoft journals and offers a wide range of services also to other journals and publishers. ARPHA represents the first ever end-to-end, entirely XML-based commodity in the journal publishing industry.

Pensoft Markup Tool (PMT)
Another quite tiresome and painstaking task an author needs to complete, while submitting a manuscript, is a sweeping amount of importing, referencing, cross-linking, interlinking, mapping, and so on. Implementing our extensive experience in semantic technology and innovations, Pensoft has developed the Pensoft Markup Tool (PMT).
Pensoft Wiki Converter (PWC)

While the Wiki environment is a fine example of a huge open access online space with immense potential in science, we have always known that we need to make use of it, in order to provide a best-quality experience to our users. This is how we came up with the Pensoft Wiki Converter (PWC), which turns the XML versions of our papers into Media-Wiki-based pages, such as Species-ID.net.

ARPHA Writing Tool (AWT)

Being passionate advocates for open science, at Pensoft we have always made sure to not only provide freely accessible digital content, but also encourage collaboration in the peer-review, publication and dissemination process. Thus, we developed the ARPHA Writing Tool (AWT) to allow authors, co-authors, external contributors, pre-submission reviewers, linguistic and copy editors to gather in the intuitive and user-friendly online authoring environment and work together on a manuscript.

Pensoft Taxon Profile (PTP)

The web-based harvester Pensoft Taxon Profile (PTP) was developed to automatically harvest information about any biological taxon name mentioned within a publication and link it to external resources, for example CrossRef, PubMedCentral, PubMed, Biodiversity Heritage Library, NCBI/GenBank, ZooBank, International Plant Name Index (IPNI), Index Fungorum, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Wikipedia, Encyclopedia of Life, Plazi.org, and others. As a result, a dynamic web-page for that taxon name is being created in real time, which saves our readers a great amount of time and efforts.


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