Publication date

Gomez Luis Diego ldgomez at NS.OTS.AC.CR
Thu Nov 23 07:39:25 CST 1995

In my view, a name appearing in a dissertation be it a Master-s or PhD
does not constitute a sanctioned and validly published description in the
sense of the Code. By validly published the ICBN means a book, serial or
any other type of written and available to the general public (public means
the botanical constituency). A dissertation is not generally available in
that sense, new names in them fall within the category of nom. prov.
(provisional names) until formal publication in accordance with ICBN.
Yes, it is expected that the exam is somehow a peer review so the candidate
has even better reasons to get his/her new taxa into circulation.

On Wed, 22 Nov 1995, Richard Jensen wrote:

> Does anyone know how the publication date for a dissertation is
> determined?  The case in question involves a dissertation approved in
> 1989, but bearing on the cover 1990, the year the degree was awarded.  I
> have encountered both dates in the literature and wonder if there is a
> "rule" covering this.  I assumed that the date it was approved (i.e.,
> accepted by the graduate committee) was the date of publication.
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