Outlets for alpha taxonomy

Denis Brothers Brothers at NU.AC.ZA
Mon Jan 28 14:10:42 CST 2002

Of course this could be rectified if every reference mentioned in those
synonymy lists were included in the literature-cited section of the
paper, but I suspect that editors would balk at the increased length.

Professor Denis J. Brothers
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(and Centre for Environment & Development)
University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg
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>>> Jim Croft <jrc at ANBG.GOV.AU> 01/21/02 01:55AM >>>
> > I find this somewhat incongruent with the large amount of attention
> > given to laments about how little we know of the contents of
> > world.
>The three word explanation for this is almost certainly "Citation
>Factor" - most species descriptions do not accrue a high number of
>citations, and therefore dilute a journal's citation impact factor.

No literature is more self-citing or more self-referential than that
biological taxonomy.  Just look at any nomenclature/synonymy block in
taxonomic monograph or flora - every relevant taxonomic work written
the mid 16th century is in there.

The problem is not with the citations themselves, but with the
indexers skipping over this bread and butter of the taxonomic
literature...  If they didn't, Linneaus would still be way up there in
contemporay citation stakes...  :)


~ Jim Croft ~ jrc at anbg.gov.au ~ 02-62465500 ~ www.anbg.gov.au/jrc/ ~

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