[Taxacom] [iczn-list] Sorry, but you are out-of-line

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Mon Nov 15 14:19:03 CST 2010

I would once again like to reiterate the main components of this whole 
discussion, and how, if at all, they are related:

3 distinct issues:
(1) e-only nomenclature
(2) centralization of taxonomic data
(3) registration requirement for new names and nomenclatural acts

some people are arguing that since (1) is allegedly a necessity (due to 
publishers soon giving up on paper, libraries soon not buying it, and/or 
taxonomists saying to hell with it and opting for "career enhancing supplements" 
(i.e., trendy e-only publications)), it follows that we need (3) (or else we 
allegedly risk uncontrolled taxonomic vandalism from self-published, non peer 
reviewed dodgy e-journals), and this is somehow being linked with (2). I note 
that (2) is the most attractive of (1), (2) and (3), in that we surely all would 
like a single place to go to find out anything we want to know about taxonomy 
and biodiversity. But does our desire for (2) really require (1) and/or (3)??


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