parsing taxonomic rank

EJPirog pirog at HOME.COM
Mon Jun 25 10:45:58 CDT 2001


And then there is the private sector whose only interest in research is a
curious quest for knowlege.
Ed Pirog

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ron Gatrelle" <gatrelle at TILS-TTR.ORG>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2001 10:24 AM
Subject: Re: parsing taxonomic rank


> Institutional and academic taxonomists (which are few) are paid salaries
> for there work/research. The institutions have mailing lists but not paid
> subscribers. I would think it would matter little to these "professionals"
> and institutions if their research and publications were made available in
> total and for free.
>
> Private researches (as myself) spend much of their life and thousands of
> their own dollars doing the research that goes into their published
papers.
> Societies and non-profit groups (as the one I head) who publish scientific
> matter rely on the finances that comes from subscriptions to function. If
> all their published material was suddenly available in total for free to
> everyone they would no longer have subscribers as all the info could be
had
> for free over the internet. They would thus go out of "business". And
those
> who utilize them as a vehicle for publishing their private research would
> then have to look elsewhere. This would only lengthen the already
> ridiculously long line that now causes much research to take years to
> publish once submitted and accepted.
>
> At the International Lepidoptera Survey we rely totally on donations and
> subscriptions to enable us to publish The Taxonomic Report.  After our
> articles are published we post the first page of these papers on our web
> site - the first page always includes the abstract. This accomplishes two
> things. First, our subscribers are the only ones who get all the research
> information. This is only right as they have done something no one else
> has - paid for it. Second, it allows the general public and non
specialists
> to "know" that (a) the research has taken place and (b) what the bottom
> line of that research is. Check out how we do this by visiting our web
site
> http://tils-ttr.org and clicking on the Taxonomic Report tab on the home
> page.
>
> I have no interest in cutting my own publisher throat or slowing down the
> publication process (for the supposed benefit of a few to have more and
> easier access to research). I do encourage publisher's, both institutional
> and independent, to make their abstracts available on-line. Then, those
who
> really need the whole paper will know where to obtain it. There is so much
> knowledge being published that we do need to have an easy way to find
out -
> topically and generally - what it is. Specifically, one can pay for it -
as
> the researcher and publisher already have.
>
> Lastly, we all like a good deal or something for free. I do feel though
> that one of the types of persons who benefits most from the internet are -
> cheapskates. Pirated copywrited music and now copywrited scientific
> publications.
>
> Ron Gatrelle




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