outlets for alpha taxonomy

Thomas Lammers lammers at VAXA.CIS.UWOSH.EDU
Wed Jan 30 07:29:26 CST 2002

At 06:43 AM 1/30/02 -0800, you wrote:

>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.

Well, isn't that a lovely attitude!  Imagine that!  Knowingly accepting for
publication material that will be immediately ignored.  Such professionalism!

Perhaps the journal then bear a large red warning label on its home page:
"WARNING!  Taxonomic novelties published herein are not validly published
and have absolutely no standing under internationally agreed upon rules of
nomenclature!  Publication of novelties here may be hazardous to your career!"

Thomas G. Lammers, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Curator of the Herbarium (OSH)
Department of Biology and Microbiology
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901-8640 USA

e-mail:       lammers at uwosh.edu
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Plant systematics; classification, nomenclature, evolution, and
biogeography of the Campanulaceae s. lat.

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