[Taxacom] e-only publication for zoology, starts today

John Noyes j.noyes at nhm.ac.uk
Tue Sep 4 03:50:54 CDT 2012

Hi guys,

Well according to what I have just read, from the horses mouth itself so to speak (ICZN), it seems that none of the names or other taxonomic acts published by electronic means only to date is available. 

"The requirements for electronic publications are that the work be registered in ZooBank BEFORE it is published, that the work itself state(s) the date of publication and contain(s) evidence that registration has occurred, and that the ZooBank registration state both the name of an electronic archive intended to preserve the work and the ISSN or ISBN associated with the work."

So far as I know none of these e-only works was registered in ZooBank BEFORE it was published. Thus any new e-only nomenclatural acts published to the present are NOT available under this amendment. 

I have not yet read the statements in Zootaxa or Zookeys yet but presumably they say the same thing.


John Noyes
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From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Paul van Rijckevorsel
Sent: 04 September 2012 09:23
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Subject: Re: [Taxacom] e-only publication for zoology, starts today

From: "Richard Pyle" <deepreef at bishopmuseum.org>
Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2012 10:08 AM

>> Or in other words, what is the first zoological name that was published
by e-only means, or is this still to be registered?

> I'll think we'll be finding out soon.  But which is more interesting:
> first registered, or first published?  Also, I suspect that most existing
> journals will not instantly drop the paper edition of the journal, so it
> may be a while before we see the first e-"only" published name.  But there
> may soon be examples where the date of publication for purposes of
> priority come from the e-edition, rather than the paper edition (if the
> e-edition complies with the Amendment, and is published prior to the paper 
> edition).

I would guess it will not take long, there should be plenty of
e-only journals that cannot wait to register their publications.
Also, it may become attractive for journals with both an
electronic version and a paper version to use the date they
finalize the contents as the publication date, so when they send
it to the printer, rather than when it goes into the mail?

But thank you for clarifying that, effectively, e-only publication
starts no earlier than today and perhaps much later, depending
on how fast publishers are to fulfill the new requirements.



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