A question about species authors
tlowrey at UNM.EDU
Fri Jun 4 14:48:01 CDT 2004
I would say Ron is correct. It is the author's choice and he/she has
the license to include whomever they want. It would be nice if only
people who contributed in some meaningful way to the research would be
included as co-authors.
On Jun 4, 2004, at 2:16 PM, Ron Gatrelle wrote:
> John Landolt asked:
>> 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
> editorial assistance in the discovery, collection and manuscript
> associated with a proposed new taxon, even if this particular person
> is not
> a recognized taxonomist for the particular group of organisms in
> (other authors listed as authors are so recognized).
> The key word there to me is "permissible" (vs. ethical). Thus, I take
> to mean _permitted_ by the ICBN. In which case, I would look to see
> if that
> Code specifically address this issue - pro or con. If not, then in
> actuality one could pick random names from the phone book and put them
> as co-authors. Sure, no one would do that, but IF not disallowed by
> Code it COULD be done and once published, those would be the names of
> Dick Jensen wrote:
> I believe Lammers and Petit have provided appropriate replies. I
> agree with
> Lammers reservation - if the individual simply financed the research,
> played no other role (in the field, identification, preparation of ms.,
> etc.), than I would consider including that person as an author
> inappropriate. snip
> I am sure everyone agrees with this as a rule of thumb, or ethical
> The key words in this reply being "appropriate / inappropriate".
> But this
> is irrelevant to the original question IF the term "permissible" was
> in relation to the specific rules of the ICBN. IF a code does not
> something, I don't think even editors and reviewers can do much about
> Plus, in relation to multi-authorship, many times some of the junior
> authors names are not known to anyone. So who would know what "part"
> played in the process - who'd know the difference.
> I would think that a senior author (who obviously has a lot, and more
> anyone else, invested in the work) could put anyone he wanted
> alongside his
> name as co-author if he/she so chose. Others could think what they
> but isn't it author's choice?
> Ron Gatrelle
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