[Taxacom] Do rogue taxonomists need rogue publishers?

Stephen Thorpe s.thorpe at auckland.ac.nz
Fri Jan 29 19:50:59 CST 2010

My understanding is that Calodema is published as both hard copy and electronic, so the present system isn't such a barrier to Calodema-ilk journals (and there are others like it in herpetology)

From: Bob Mesibov [mesibov at southcom.com.au]
Sent: Saturday, 30 January 2010 2:47 p.m.
Cc: Stephen Thorpe; Doug Yanega; Mark Harvey
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Do rogue taxonomists need rogue publishers?

Quite right, sorry, I meant e-only publication. And of course I realise that creating an e-only whitelist won't stop Calodema from publishing junk. I'm concerned that e-only publication is vastly simpler, cheaper and faster than e+print. Allowing free-for-all e-only publication invites a flood of Calodemas. What's a minor nuisance now because there is a barrier (if only a low one) to valid publication will become a major nuisance with no barrier at all. Or does the ICZN want to 'try it and see', as it did with CD-ROM?
Dr Robert Mesibov
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Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, and
School of Zoology, University of Tasmania
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