[Taxacom] The Semantic Web and LOD would allow everyone to contribute without needing a huge "ministry of truth"

Wolfgang Wuster w.wuster at bangor.ac.uk
Mon Nov 15 16:57:20 CST 2010

On 15/11/2010 21:04, Stephen Thorpe wrote:
> peer review is a pre-publication process, often done under time pressure by
> people who may not be good "details" people
> the function of peer review, as I understand it, is just to make sure that
> anything published is up to a MINIMUM standard
> surely, the real deal comes after publication, when the publication can be
> scrutinised at length by anybody and everybody in their own time - that is when
> the crap gets filtered out ...

The problem here is that, due to the Principle of Priority, taxonomy is 
stuck with the crap that would be laughed out of court in any other field.

Peer review is a minimum requirement in virtually all fields of science 
where an author expects his/her findings to be taken seriously as 
contributions to knowledge. I am mystified why some people seem to think 
that, alone among all sciences, taxonomy should be above the conventions 
that all other scientific disciplines are happy to adhere to.

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