outlets for alpha taxonomy
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Wed Jan 30 16:56:19 CST 2002
Hear, hear, hear!. 3 rounds for Bill.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Shear" <wshear at EMAIL.HSC.EDU>
To: <TAXACOM at USOBI.ORG>
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2002 8:31 AM
Subject: Re: outlets for alpha taxonomy
> It has been made abundantly clear by many studies (summarized recently in
> Scientific America) that magnetic and optical media fall far short of the
> permanence of paper publication. Unlike much of the biological
> which becomes of historical interest only shortly after publication (as
> studies supersede it), taxanomic publication is for the ages. A century
> from now, it will be necessary to examine the species descriptions,
> and type data published this year. At this point, without hard copy, it
> difficult to imagine how this will be done.
> Web publication is even more ephemeral than publication via magnetic or
> electronic media. Hard copy is required to meet the criterion of
> Thus I think the ICZN wise to insist on it until more permanent means of
> electronic publication arise. Also, the hard copy requirement is
> modest: a few copies can be made and placed in designated repository
> libraries, and the criteria as to what constitutes publication have been
> I do feel a bit resentful about the comment that taxonomic papers "take up
> space" in journals that, by implication, might devote their pages to more
> important matters. Taxonomy IS important, and deserves all of the space
> gets in those relatively few journals still willing to publish it.
> Electronic publication is great, but for now, let's parallel it with hard
> copy for permanence.
> Bill Shear
> Department of Biology
> Hampden-Sydney College
> Hampden-Sydney VA 23943
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