effective publishing

Mary Barkworth Mary at BIOLOGY.USU.EDU
Wed Apr 26 09:39:03 CDT 2000

I would add to Pieter's comment that it would be helpful if journals would
specify the date when an issue was actually made available.  I had written
actually printed, but I recently became aware of a journal that was
printed one year after the date that appears on the front cover and, from
what I was told, not sent out for another 6 months.  I do not have hard
information about the latter situation. The distribution aspect could have
been a problem with a country's mail service or the receiving institution,
but there are a distressingly large number of journals that are printed
after the date on their cover.  Whether the problem lies with the journal
editors or printer is immaterial, it creates a messy situation. There is
probably little that can be done about it, but it would be nice if
societies that like to publish taxonomic papers would consider voluntarily
adopting a policy of stating the actual date of printing on the cover.

Mary Barkworth

I would like to modify Brian's point (c) as the need for the publisher to
specify unambiguously the edition or version used to produce a batch of
books, as well as the need for subsequent authors to unambiguously cite
the specific edition or version. Perhaps a unique identifier per print run
such as a batch number may even have to be specified. This implies that
any subsequent, even minor corrections will probably strictly have to be
identified as, and cited as, a next edition of the publication.

I am sure publishers do realise, and cater for these sorts of
implications, but it may be wise for taxonomists to liase closer with them
on such points.

Pieter J.D. Winter
Herbarium Curator
University of the North
Private Bag  X 1106
South Africa
pieterw at unin.unorth.ac.za

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