[Taxacom] Zootaxa Re: Monbiot editorial on academic publishing

Geoff Read gread at actrix.gen.nz
Tue Aug 30 22:45:52 CDT 2011

PS. More detail on detecting Zootaxa free content, else delete.

Michael Heads: "If you Google scholar Zootaxa 2011, for most of the
articles you get a message 'The server www.mapress.com at Protected
requires a username and password'."

If you look at the url before clicking you can tell whether the link is
open (preview first page or open access), or requires subscription. The
free links are to the directory 'f' (= free I suppose), instead of the
subscription directories 1 for insects, 2 for other groups.

Preview = www.mapress.com/zootaxa/2011/f/z03001p056f.pdf
Full Sub = www.mapress.com/zootaxa/2011/2/zt03001p056.pdf

And the difference between the open access full and preview link is the
lack of a final f in the filename, also full text filenames begin zt
rather than z:

Preview:   www.mapress.com/zootaxa/2011/f/z03001p032f.pdf
Full Open: www.mapress.com/zootaxa/2011/f/zt03001p032.pdf

Save a little time now and then by remembering (as you curse their strange
practices - such as ALL CAPS authors) that 'f' at Zootaxa = free.


On Wed, August 31, 2011 10:53 am, Geoff Read wrote:
> What Michael has incidentally raised is the issue websites and web
> services have of how to provide user-friendly linking to Zootaxa articles,
> because Zootaxa does not have the conventional web page per article with
> abstract and author address & file links, and thus Zootaxa has chosen not
> to pay for the DOI service to get the user quickly there that almost every
> other publisher uses.
> If one links to the guaranteed free abstract pdf then it will only open a
> deadend one-page file - no web links to follow to get back to the main
> article - which might just be open access. This is frustrating & an odd
> practice.
> The way I've started to deal with linking to Zootaxa from a WoRMS source
> page is to link only to the level of the issue webpage which has a simple
> url like http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/list/2011/3010.html
> That will not be a deadend. But it's less than ideal & there is an extra
> step for me to get to & confirm that link.
> I also point out that some sort of download citation mechanism is mighty
> useful, and would increase article citations for authors - but Zootaxa is
> again a maverick in not providing that either.
> Geoff
> On Wed, August 31, 2011 7:40 am, Michael Heads wrote:
>> Hi Neal,
>> My mistake. If you Google scholar Zootaxa 2011, for most of the articles
>> you get a message 'The server www.mapress.com at Protected requires a
>> username and password'. But if you go to their website you do get the
>> abstract and email addresses. Maybe they would make more money if
>> they sorted out the problem.

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