Bothalia: African Biodiversity & Conservation
, published by AOSIS, has served the botanical community since 1922. Initially, it was a hardcopy journal produced by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)
. Now, it is an open access, online model, with limited hardcopies covering broad scope biodiversity. Prof. Michelle Hamer has been its Editor-in-Chief since 2013.
As with any major change, there were some initial challenges. However, the journal is now thriving and receives a large number of manuscripts from outside SANBI and from other African countries. Two special issues were published and a third one is planned for 2018. After five years at the helm of the journal, Prof. Hamer has assumed new responsibilities as the lead for the Natural Science Collections Facility, funded by the Department of Science and Technology and hosted by SANBI. The project aims to establish a virtual facility that links the institutions holding natural science collections. Given her new role, Prof. Hamer will no longer be the Editor-in-Chief of Bothalia: African Biodiversity & Conservation.
On 1 April 2018, Dr Colleen Seymour of SANBI took over as the Editor-in-Chief. Dr Seymour is an established community ecologist, involved in research on ecosystem services and associated potential climate change impacts. We are confident that she will continue to build and strengthen Bothalia: African Biodiversity & Conservation with the support of the Associate Editors and the staff of AOSIS.View the editorial board of the Bothalia: African Biodiversity & Conservation here
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