Novel research on African bats pilots new ways in sharing and linking published data

New findings about some previously known, but also other yet to be identified species of Old World Leaf-nosed bats provide the first contribution to a special research collection, whose task is to help scientists from across disciplines to better understand potential hosts and vectors of diseases like the Coronavirus. The article, publicly available in the peer-reviewed scholarly journal ZooKeys, also pilots a new generation of linked open data publishing practices, invented to facilitate scientific collaboration.