Outlets for alpha taxonomy

Barry Roth barry_roth at YAHOO.COM
Fri Jan 18 09:18:24 CST 2002

   Bill Shear <wshear at EMAIL.HSC.EDU> wrote:
>I'm finding that there are fewer and fewer outlets for the publication of
>papers that consist mostly of descriptions of new taxa. It seems that most
>of the ones that are left are proprietary journals of the larger museums.

This does not seem to be the case in the field of malacology, where virtually all of the most highly regarded journals welcome alpha taxonomic papers.  There may be a related problem, however, which is the members of professional review committees somehow giving less weight to publications in single-discipline journals -- even though those may have as rigorous a peer-review process as more generalized journals.

Barry Roth

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