Naming a species after yourself (zoology)

Gene Hall Eugene.Hall at COLORADO.EDU
Mon Mar 6 11:53:15 CST 2006

I agree with Steve...why is the third author included in the paper if he
had nothing to do with the paper??


>In this case, reject the paper.  Authorship of species should not include
>those who did not contribute to their description, just as authorship of
>papers should not include those who did not contribute to writing it.
>Steven W. Lingafelter, Ph. D.
>Systematic Entomology Lab, USDA
>National Museum of Natural History
>Smithsonian Institute PO Box 37012
>Washington, DC 20013-7012
>Phone: 202-382-1793
>Email: slingafe at
> >>> Robin Leech <releech at TELUSPLANET.NET> - 3/6/06 1:37 PM >>>
>Hi Brian,
>In this case, the third author is merely being honored.  He had
>nothing at all to do with any aspect of the paper or the
>research that went into it.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Brian Brown" <BBrown at NHM.ORG>
>Sent: Monday, March 06, 2006 11:13 AM
>Subject: Re: Naming a species after yourself (zoology)
> >It should be a matter of course that such a naming shouldn't be done by
>the >authors.
>I have a different view. In the situation that Robin describes, where
>the third author possibly worked on the biology or some other aspect,
>there seems to be nothing wrong to me with naming the species for
>him/her. We are going to be faced with naming hundreds of thousands to
>millions of currently unknown organisms, and believe me, coming up with
>new names in species-rich groups can be a time-consuming (and to some
>extent a time-wasting) task. As long as this name is unique within the
>genus, I wouldn't have any problem with Robin's situation if I was a
>reviewer. Lets not make this a cast in stone law.
>As far as "Cartwrightia cartwrighti Cartwright" is concerned, in today's
>social climate most would see this as unacceptable, but as Doug said
>there is nothing prohibiting it (other than the author's contemplation
>of what his colleagues would think of such egomania).
>Brian V. Brown
>Curator, Entomology Section
>Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
>900 Exposition Boulevard
>Los Angeles, CA, 90007, USA
>Telephone 213 763-3363
>FAX 213 746-2999
>bbrown at

Gene Hall
Invertebrate Zoology Collections Manager
CU Museum of Natural History
UCB 265
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0265
Phone: 303.735.5262
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