[Taxacom] Do rogue taxonomists need rogue publishers?

Donat Agosti agosti at amnh.org
Sun Jan 31 02:45:33 CST 2010

Why don't we look what the microbial colleagues do:

International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
An official publication of the International Committee on Systematics of
Prokaryotes (ICSP; formerly the International Committee on Systematic
Bacteriology)[1] and of the International Union of Microbiological Societies
(Bacteriology and Applied Microbiology Division),[2] the journal is the
single official international forum for the publication of new species names
for prokaryotes

Our equivalent solution would be, that we make it mandatory that any
nomenclatorial act be registered at Zoobank, including the name and the
entire treatment. This way we at least have an idea of what is going on.

We could also make it mandatory that the e-publications have to be archived
at PubMed Central (assuming they will accept this) or equivalent. The
nomenclatorial act would only be accepted if there is a life link to the
deposited and archived article.


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[mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Bob Mesibov
Sent: Sunday, January 31, 2010 12:05 PM
To: Stephen Thorpe
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Do rogue taxonomists need rogue publishers?

Stephen, I also understand your concerns, you've expressed them very
clearly. But

"I fear that taxonomic progress will slow down significantly if restricted"

is a very general fear and is not unlike 'thin end of the wedge' arguments.
Just as many people on this list cannot imagine that there are egomaniacs
out there who would see do-it-yourself e-only publication as a fantastic
opportunity, I personally cannot imagine who would be seriously
disadvantaged by a whitelist of (Doug Yanega's ballpark estimate) 500
print+online/online journals which would be the only places e-only
publication would count.

This new 'universe' of journals which could publish e-only taxonomy would be
just that: new. The old universe of journals and self-published works
doesn't change. How is adding something new a restriction?
Dr Robert Mesibov
Honorary Research Associate
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, and
School of Zoology, University of Tasmania
Home contact: PO Box 101, Penguin, Tasmania, Australia 7316
(03) 64371195; 61 3 64371195
Website: http://www.qvmag.tas.gov.au/mesibov.html


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