A question about species authors

Richard Petit r.e.petit at WORLDNET.ATT.NET
Fri Jun 4 14:34:24 CDT 2004

Dear Dr. Landolt:

It is my opinion that the key in your message is the phrase "instrumental in
providing ... assistance ... in ... manuscript preparation."  If the
"non-expert" contributed to the writing of the manuscript I see no reason
why he cannot be a co-author. There is no requirement that a person be
"licensed" to publish new taxa.  It is only by publishing on a group that
one can ever become "a recognized taxonomist for the particular group in

Richard E. Petit
r.e.petit at att.net

----- Original Message -----
From: "John Landolt" <jlandolt at SHEPHERD.EDU>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, June 04, 2004 2:02 PM
Subject: [TAXACOM] A question about species authors

> Dear Colleagues,
> In determining the names of persons who may be included as authors of
> proposed new species,  is it ever permissible to include the name of
> a person who was instrumental in providing financial, logistical
> support and editorial assistance in the discovery, collection and
> manuscript preparation associated with a proposed new taxon, even if
> this particular person is not a recognized taxonomist for the
> particular group of organisms in question (other authors listed as
> authors are so recognized).
> In a particular case I have in mind,  the first author of such
> proposed new species IS a recognized authority for the group and
> wishes to include in authorship of proposed new species, another
> person like that described above in the first paragraph.
> Is there a particular section of the ICBN that speaks to this point?
> Thanks in advance for any information that may be provided.
> Cheers,
> John
> --
> John C. Landolt
> Department of Biology
> Shepherd University
> P.O. Box 3210
> Shepherdstown, WV 25443 U.S.A.
> Ph: 304-876-5357
> jlandolt at shepherd.edu

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