[Taxacom] Do rogue taxonomists need rogue publishers?

Stephen Thorpe s.thorpe at auckland.ac.nz
Mon Feb 8 18:04:03 CST 2010

Sorry Bob, but I don't actually see the relevance of TH's abusive words to the contents of Makhan's manuscript, and therefore to the consequences of any proposed decisions by the ICZN? Besides, this Hawkeswood/Makhan example is happening NOW, and not as the result of any future ICZN ruling ...

From: Bob Mesibov [mesibov at southcom.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 9 February 2010 12:49 p.m.
Cc: Stephen Thorpe
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Do rogue taxonomists need rogue publishers?

Stephen, I think it's a preprint. The final version will be on the Calodema website.

My point in spreading this story is to remind Taxacomers that under the proposed ICZN amendments, e-only published names will be available with pathetically simple requirements: a brief description, a promise to put the holotype somewhere safe and a posting of a PDF of this to libraries, museums and archiving institutions. Hawkeswoods and Makhans of the world rejoice!

IMO the Commission is proposing to act like an Internet service provider that has no spam filtering whatsoever on its mail servers. 'All we do is organise mail delivery. It's up to the subscriber to delete the spam'; i.e., it's up to the taxonomic community to deal with any resulting flood of junk. How many others on this list think that what the Commission is proposing is irresponsible?
Dr Robert Mesibov
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School of Zoology, University of Tasmania
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