Non-conventional, yet pivotal research results: data, models, methods, software, data analytics pipelines and visualisation methods, related to the field of viticulture, find a place in a newly launched, open-access and peer-reviewed Viticulture Data Journal (VDJ). The journal went live with the publication of an introductory editorial and a data paper. The publishing venue is one of the fruits borne during the collaboration between scholarly publisher and technology provider Pensoft, its self-developed ARPHA Platform and the EU project AGINFRA+, whose mission is to provide a sustainable channel and data infrastructure for the use of cooperating, but not fully connected user communities working within the agricultural and food sciences.
The novel journal brings together a wide range of topics related to the field of viticulture: from genetic research, food safety of viticultural products to climate change adaptation of grapevine varieties through grape specific research. Amongst these are: Phenotyping and genotyping; Vine growth and development; Vine ecophysiology; Berry yield and composition; Genetic resources and breeding; Vine adaptation to climate change, abiotic and biotic stress; Vine propagation; Rootstock and clonal evaluation; Effects of field practices (pruning, fertilization, etc.) on vine growth and quality; Sustainable viticulture and environmental impact; Ampelography; Plant pathology, diseases and pests of grapevine; Microbiology and microbiological risk assessment; and Food safety related to table grapes, raisins, wine, etc.
With the help of the ARPHA Platform’s signature writing tool, authors are able to use a set of pre-defined, yet flexible manuscript templates: Data Paper, Methods, Emerging Techniques, Applied Study, Software Description, R Package and Commentary. Furthermore, the advanced collaborative virtual environment provided by the tool enables authors, reviewers, editors and other invited contributors enjoy the convenience of working within the same consolidated online file all the way from the authoring and peer review stages to copy editing and publication.
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