outlets for alpha taxonomy

Barry M. OConnor bmoc at UMICH.EDU
Wed Jan 30 06:43:09 CST 2002

At 4:10 PM -0800 1/29/02, Barry Roth wrote:
> Thank you for giving Taxacom notice about ODE.  From what you write below
>(and from the web site itself), it appears that "purely taxonomic papers"
>are published solely electronically (with extended abstracts in the
>printed-on-paper journal).  This would seem to exclude manuscripts wishing
>to introduce new zoological taxa -- the ICZN requires hard-copy
>publication -- am I correct in thinking this?

There was a discussion of this issue at the Entomological Society of
America meeting in December.  It appears that several electronic-only
journals are willing to accept "taxonomic" papers in which new names are
proposed.  One editor indicated that if authors and reviewers are willing,
he wouldn't let the ICZN stand in the way of publishing.  I suppose given
that electronic publishing is the wave of the future, the ICZN will come on
board at some point. - Barry OConnor

Barry M. OConnor
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