Research tools

Links to online research tools


The EC's Joint Research Centre (JRC) develops scientific expertise to support EU policy development and - amongst other activities - monitors a range of environmental parameters in Europe. The JRC now has made available a large range of datasets in areas such as water, climate change and environmental monitoring to the public. As long as the source of the data is indicated, these resources can be used for research and commercial activities.


  • Acoustic analysis: Praat

    Doing phonetics by computer: Speach analysis, speach synthesis, labelling and segmentation, listening experiments, learning algorhitms and more.

  • Video coding: ELAN

    ELAN is a professional tool for the creation of complex annotations on video and audio resources provided by The Language Archive, a unit of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. Funded by BBAW, KNAW (in cooperation with DANS) and MPG.

Peer review of pre-prints

Dear colleagues
We invite you to submit your future preprints (= articles not yet published and not under consideration for publication) to Peer Community in Evolutionary Biology (PCI Evol Biol, https://evolbiol.peercommunityin.org) in order to obtain a recommendation from this community after peer-reviewing.

PCI Evol Biol is a group of scientists who review and recommend preprints in evolutionary biology, free of charge and transparently. It is a research community working for researchers to create a new publication system that is completely free of charge and independent of private publishers. This community already includes 330 researchers (the full list can be found at https://evolbiol.peercommunityin.org/public/recommenders) motivated to review and recommend preprints.

To understand what Peer Community in (PCI, https://peercommunityin.org) is, you can watch this video https://youtu.be/4PZhpnc8wwo and to understand the value of submitting your preprints to these communities, you can watch it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DjMhVl__gupg.

Some important points:
- PCI Evol Biol is supported by the American Evolutionary Society (the SSE), the Spanish Evolutionary Society (the SESBE) and the French Ecological Society (the SFE);
- PCI Evol Biol does not publish the preprints (they stay on the preprint server) but the associated reviews and recommendations;
- PCI Evol Biol does not evaluate preprints already submitted for publication in a journal, in order to avoid parallel reviewings;
- Although it is not our goal, authors can submit their preprints to traditional journals once they have been recommended by PCI Evol Biol. Reviews obtained before the recommendation can help improve the quality of the preprint;
- Journals such as Ecology Letters, Evolutionary Applications, Evolutionary Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, BMC Evolutionary Biology, Oikos, Genetica, Journal of Biogeography and Molecular Ecology indicated that they will consider the preprints recommended by PCI Evol Biol and that they will take into account the reviews and recommendations of PCI Evol Biol in their own editorial process if adequate.
- PCI Evol Biol is free for all users (readers AND authors);
- PCI Evol Biol's recommendations are transparent (reviews and recommendations are published, recommendations are signed, reviewers can remain anonymous if they wish);
- Only reviews leading to a recommendation are published;
- A preprint recommended by PCI Evol Biol is scientifically validated and can therefore be cited (eg. Brisson 2017, recommended by Bravo 2017);
- PCI Evol Biol's recommendations have a DOI, are referenced and can therefore also be cited;
- Three new communities (PCI Ecology, PCI Computational Statistics and PCI Paleontology) are expected to be launched at the end of the year/early next year.
To submit your preprints, simply go to https://evolbiol.peercommunityin.org and follow the instructions ('Request a recommendation for your preprint').

We hope to have aroused your interest,
The Managing Board of PCI Evol Biol