BioFresh project

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Freshwater Information Platform

Freshwater Metadata Journal (FMJ)

Make your data visible to the world!

We have created the Freshwater Metadata Journal with the aim to easily publish freshwater (biodiversity) related metadata and to bring about a change of perception regarding data publishing in the freshwater scientific community.

After entering information about your specific dataset in the Freshwater Metadatabase a fully automated process allows the publication of these data as a scientific paper in the Freshwater Metadata Journal and therefore helps you saving time, while creating additional attention for your work.

After a review process your article is assigned a digital object identifier (DOI) and made accessible on this website. Your dataset information is then easily traceable and citeable like any other scientific article and will help you increase recognition for your work.

The content of FMJ is fully electronic and Open Access. Metadata providers publish their data in FMJ without paying any fees or charges and readers access the content for free.

Read the editorial article of the Freshwater Metadata Journal ( open/download pdf, 6.6.mb).

Creative Commons Lizenzvertrag This work is liscensed under a Creative Commons 4.0 International License.

How to publish your data


You have created a dataset within your research. Here are the six steps to your Freshwater Metadata Journal article:

  • enter information about your dataset into the Freshwater Metadatabase
  • check if your data are correct and complete
  • press the "publish article" button and start the publishing process
  • enter the required article metadata, upload annex (if desired), check the preview and send the article to review
  • await reviewer's reply
  • integrate the reviewer’s recommendations and finalise your online article

The figure gives an overview on the dataflow for realising an article in the FMJ (click to enlarge). Articles can be released online any time of the year and are available at FMJ articles.

If you do not yet have a login to the metadatabase, please ask for one using this email address:


We are a very young journal and would appreciate any feedback. If you should have questions, suggestions, recommendations for improvements please do not hesitate to contact us at

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