[Taxacom] FW: new whale genus name is preoccupied

Francisco Welter-Schultes fwelter at gwdg.de
Fri Jul 2 08:43:24 CDT 2010


I have no problem with some zoologists not knowing such 
online sources. Not everybody can know that. Not everybody knows 
that in zoology a generic name can only be proposed once. This is 
exactly why appropriate journals have reviewers who know such things. 
But the editors of Nature don't seem to belong to this kind of 
skilled specialists, and they don't seem to know anybody else to 
consult. That is where I see the real problem. When journals editors 
do not have the courage to admit that they are not skilled enough to 
accept a paper, and to admit that their journal is not appropriate. 
Who knows about the rest of this journal's contents...

Francisco

Sent from my 13-year old Windows PC... :-)



-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Kirk 
Sent: 02 July 2010 12:40
To: 'Johnson, Paul'
Cc: Taxacom
Subject: RE: [Taxacom] new whale genus name is preoccupied

I agree but ... are there practicing systematic (sensu lato)
zoologists (palaeo or otherwise) out there who publish and do not know
about Nomenclator Zoologicus on-line (and other on-line resources)
and, as this publication concerned nomenclature did the assigned
editor select a reviewer or reviewers who might be expected to know
this?

Paul


Sent from my Windows PC ... :-)

-----Original Message-----
From: Johnson, Paul [mailto:Paul.Johnson at sdstate.edu]
Sent: 02 July 2010 12:31
To: Paul Kirk
Cc: Taxacom
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] new whale genus name is preoccupied

It is an example of the perennial nature of nomenclatural problems and
the continuing need for classically trained taxonomists that know
their resources (tangible or digital), scientific standards, and are
learned in their craft.

Paul


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On Jul 2, 2010, at 3:05 AM, "Paul Kirk" <p.kirk at cabi.org> wrote:

> Is this an example of the peer review process which opponents of
> electronic publication hold on to as a reason for staying with paper
...
> and commercial publishers?
> 
> Paul
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Francisco
> Welter-Schultes Sent: 02 July 2010 02:07 To:
> TAXACOM at MAILMAN.NHM.KU.EDU; Doug Yanega Subject: Re: [Taxacom] new
> whale genus name is preoccupied
> 
>> From what I see now, the authors of the Nature paper produced a
>> very
> cheap homonym - and they or at least Nature's reviewers could have
> seen that relatively easily.
> 
> Francisco
> University of Goettingen, Germany
> www.animalbase.org
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