[Taxacom] e-publication of EarlyView: clarification needed

Richard Pyle deepreef at bishopmuseum.org
Wed Sep 12 04:24:18 CDT 2012

I agree with Rod on this issue.  Volume, number, pagination, etc. are pieces of metadata that help uniquely identify a paper-printed work.  Having a DOI (or some other actionable identifier) is a much more effective means of unambiguously referring to a published work, so when such identifiers are available (and cited), the traditional citation metadata are much less relevant.

We're still in that awkward phase of the history of science where we are mostly using the power of the internet to emulate our paper-based model in electronic form - which only scratches the surface of the potential for electronic information dissemination and cross-referencing.  We should instead be looking for ways to leverage this potential without unnecessarily imposing the constraints of paper-based information dissemination.  Rod - I think this paraphrases a point that you had made a year or two ago.


From: Roderic Page [mailto:r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk]
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 11:12 PM
Cc: Peter Cranston; Zhi-Qiang Zhang; Stephen Thorpe; Richard Pyle
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] e-publication of EarlyView: clarification needed

The notion of volume/issue and pagination is rather quaint in the digital world, and publishers are rarely in a position to assign these until the print version is assembled (if indeed one ever is).

Why the obsession with pagination? If an article is online and has a DOI then it's published. Use the DOI to refer to the article. CrossRef has tools which can take a DOI and tell you when the article went online (and, indeed, when it was printed if that's applicable), and also whether the article has been updated (see http://www.crossref.org/crossmark/ ).

Much of the discussion about digital publication seems to have the cart before the horse. Publishers are going digital only, physical pagination is less and less relevant, and articles are being given unique identifiers (such as DOIs) that provide many of the services we need. I guess we're still working this thing out, but it's time to stop treating digital publication as if it worked the same way as print.



On 12 Sep 2012, at 09:24, Stephen Thorpe wrote:

Hi Peter,
Then my strong advice would be to assign volume/issue and final pagination before putting articles up EarlyView. That way, nothing need change at all when the print edition happens (and I would advise against quoting the print publication date in the article itself, after the EarlyView version is up - best to just quote it on the editorial pages of the issue). Also, please note that all articles will need to be registered in ZooBank in advance of EarlyView (but not the new names), so that you can quote the LSID on the article itself, along with the online publication date (in the article itself, not just on the associated web page). During registration, you will have to nominate an online archive, but there is no actual requirement to actually archive anything!! Without following this process, nothing will count ...
Cheers, Stephen

From: Peter Cranston <pscranston at gmail.com<mailto:pscranston at gmail.com>>
To: Stephen Thorpe <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz<mailto:stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>>
Cc: Richard Pyle <deepreef at bishopmuseum.org<mailto:deepreef at bishopmuseum.org>>; "taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu<mailto:taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu<mailto:taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>>; Zhi-Qiang Zhang <ZhangZ at landcareresearch.co.nz<mailto:ZhangZ at landcareresearch.co.nz>>
Sent: Wednesday, 12 September 2012 8:17 PM
Subject: Re: e-publication of EarlyView: clarification needed

The EarlyView article in Systematic Entomology (and all other RES publications) is final and unalterable. Our Wiley advice is that the facility is not preliminary in any sense. Prior to the code emendment we did not make any date-sensitive taxonomic decisions 'available' electronically. Now we propose to do so.  Pete

On 12 September 2012 16:28, Stephen Thorpe <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz<mailto:stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>> wrote:

Hi Rich (CC Peter Cranston, Zhi-Qiang Zhang, and Taxacom),

Please can you clarify something for us? Some journals, like Systematic Entomology, for example, publish EarlyView articles ahead of the print edition (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1365-3113/earlyview).
These articles are not assigned to an issue, nor do they have their final pagination, but are in all other ways, it seems, final versions. The amendment states:
21.8.3. Some works are accessible online in preliminary versions before the publication date of the final version. Such advance electronic access does not advance the date of publication of a work, as preliminary versions are not published (Article 9.9).
It is a little unclear to me if EarlyView articles like those mentioned above, count as final versions before assignment to an issue and final pagination? It seems to me that they should count as final versions, because there doesn't have to be a print edition any more, and a true e-only journal need not be structured in volumes/issues. Ironically, if you do consider the electronic and print editions to be effectively different journals, then the EarlyView articles are final versions, but if you don't, then the version changes when the print version is finally published ...

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