[Taxacom] Citing taxonomical works (was: decline and fall of taxonomy)

Maarten Christenhusz m.christenhusz at nhm.ac.uk
Thu Jun 18 05:14:45 CDT 2009

Dear David and Taxacommers,

Authors of biological articles should cite the works used by them in the material and methods part of their article. Other methods used previously are often cited, but the use of a taxonomic work with which they have identified their specimens is usually completely ignored.
I ask all journal editors to change this in their policy - author guides, as well as citing species names properly.

All electronic efforts in taxonomy are excellent and it is exactly what is needed to improve our science, but I agree also that there is little revenue for the authors: e.g. contributions to projects as EoL, ToL, GBIF etc do not bring any revenue for the author, nor will scratchpads. There is already the idea that knowledge is free and should be available to all, but who will compile and review this information? One cannot make an encyclopaedia without paying for the contents.


Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2009 16:04:28 -0500
From: "Dr. David Campbell" <amblema at bama.ua.edu>
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] decline and fall of taxonomy
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> A simple benefit would be (and this is of course not the sole
> solution),
> if journals would demand proper citation for scientific names,
> instead
> of inline citation with abbreviated authors as nowadays usually is
> the
> case in botany.

Perhaps a higher proportion of recent papers would get cited if there
was some requirement to cite what reference was used to identify the
species, rather than the original author.  This might also highlight
the need for taxonomists if the basis for the identification is not so

Dr. David Campbell
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Department of Biological Sciences
Biodiversity and Systematics
University of Alabama, Box 870345
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0345  USA

Dr Maarten Christenhusz
Flora Mesoamericana project

Department of Botany
The Natural History Museum
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London SW7 5BD
United Kingdom

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