Our first test case for publishing large works it out!
Today (13 August 2014) the journal published its first large issue (No. 36). Totaling at 108 pages, it presents a revision of the orchid bee subgenus Euglossella and was a test case for the journal’s capabilities in producing monograph-sized works while still relying on our small staff of volunteers (we are able to make the journal free by relying on the volunteering of technical expertise). Such larger works naturally take a longer time to review, edit, and particularly layout for proofs and subsequent publication. Thus, for the moment any work exceeding 38 printed pages will experience a longer processing time than shorter articles. As our team grows through the years we will endeavor to shorten the time of production and expand our team and capabilities. For works greater than 58 printed pages we will create special covers and table of contents, such as appear in No. 36. This slight difference in PDF layout only reflects the fact that authors who send their PDF to be printed via print-on-demand will find that at this size a traditional saddleback binding will not be sufficient and a 'perfect' binding with front and back cover are necessary. Thus, although we are an electronic publication, we have set the PDFs in such a way as to ease their use in printing via print-on-demand should authors wish to independently pursue such an option.
We hope that you will find issue No. 36 a useful and fascinating read, and a successful test of our expanding capabilities in publishing high-quality (and gradually larger) works on bees.