[Taxacom] Zootaxonomy publishing

Stephen Thorpe s.thorpe at auckland.ac.nz
Mon Feb 8 21:50:56 CST 2010

bacteriology is a different kettle of fish (so to speak), because so few people are in a position to describe new taxa without expensive equipment that only an institutional setting can provide - so no room at all for independents to make a contribution, unless they are loaded, but then they probably wouldn't want to spend their time describing new taxa of bacteria! As for Zootaxa being "the one", it would take a substantial input of funding, as the only way Zootaxa can be so prolific is by keeping costs and profit margins to a minimum, and they don't use expensive DOIs, which some find unfortunate. I thought Donat was commenting on something that was already a reality? It is possibly alarming to you Bob to see that Zootaxa is actually seeding more journals of the same ilk, like ZooKeys, which more fully embaces the DOI/ZooBank angle, ZooNova, etc. Even the Magnolia Press has more journals than just Zootaxa - most recently new Phytotaxa, so the trend appears to be for more journals, not less, and would they be likely to agree to dissolve themselves in favour of Zootaxa - I don't think so!

From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Bob Mesibov [mesibov at southcom.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 9 February 2010 4:29 p.m.
Subject: [Taxacom] Zootaxonomy publishing

A friend has wondered off-list about doing in zoology what the bacterial folk do: one nomenclatural conformity body and one (1, just one) outlet for available names. He proposed Zootaxa. Out of curiosity, I checked the Zootaxa website and learned that

- Zootaxa says it published 14% of all new taxa listed in Zoological Record for 2007
- it rejected ca 1/4 of submitted papers in 2001-2003
- in 2009 it published 28858 pages

That last number is particularly intriguing because the Species Exploration folk at Arizona State say that ca 15000 new animal species were described in 2007. Inflating that for redescriptions and other taxonomic actions, let's say that there are ca 25000 zootaxonomy 'items' per year. I don't think that would average to 10 pages per item; maybe 5?

So increasing Zootaxa's output five-fold gives us the bacterial taxonomy model and covers all of zoology. That isn't wildly unrealistic, just wildly unfair in the eyes of freedom-lovers, who will not like this post one bit. Also publishers of other zootaxonomic journals. To appease the latter, the one-journal-only model could be stretched to a whitelist of X journals. [X: any number smaller than infinity will upset many people, so I leave this blank]

This would make Donat Agosti's 'daily taxonomic newspaper = Zootaxa table of contents' a reality.
Dr Robert Mesibov
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Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, and
School of Zoology, University of Tasmania
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