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

Ricarda Riina rgriina at gmail.com
Thu Jun 18 08:37:48 CDT 2009


Dear Peter, thanks for the article! I think it is a great idea and a
practical solution to the problem. However, we should try to convince not
only taxonomic journals to adopt ACT but all biological journals (and of
course scientists outside of taxonomy who publish in these journals).

cheers!
Riki


On Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 8:25 AM, Hovenkamp, P. (Peter) <
Hovenkamp at nhn.leidenuniv.nl> wrote:

> On this topic, see also:
> Seifert, Crous & Frisvad 2008: Correcting the Impact Factors of
> Taxonomic Journals by
> Appropriate Citation of Taxonomy (ACT)
> (http://www.persoonia.org/Issue/20/08.pdf).
> These guidelines are currently also adopted by Blumea
> (http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/nhn/blumea/2008/00000053/00000003
> /art00001).
>
>
> Peter Hovenkamp
> Nationaal Herbarium Nederland, Leiden branch
> www.nationaalherbarium.nl
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> > [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of
> > Maarten Christenhusz
> > Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2009 12:15 PM
> > To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> > Subject: [Taxacom] Citing taxonomical works (was: decline and
> > fall oftaxonomy)
> >
>  > 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.
> >
> > Maarten
> >
> > 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
> > To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> > Message-ID: <1245272668.4a395a5c4f507 at bamamail.ua.edu>
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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 good.
> >
> > --
> > Dr. David Campbell
> > 425 Scientific Collections Building
> > 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
> > Cromwell Road
> > London SW7 5BD
> > United Kingdom
> >
> > tel: [44] (0) 207 942 5108
> >
> >
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