[Taxacom] e-publication of EarlyView: clarification needed

Dr.B.J.Tindall bti at dsmz.de
Wed Sep 12 05:00:52 CDT 2012

If I am correctly informed the issue of volume, page, year etc. is not  
directly solved by DOIs. One of the Code relevant issues relates to  
the principle of priority, which relates to the order and time at  
which names can be considered by the scientific community as either  
being [code compliant] etc. Different articles [made available] at the  
same time (lets say a weekly update of the website of the journal) may  
have to be resolved by other means.

The issue is what the Codes require and how this can be addressed to  
make full use of technology. DOIs are one part of the answer.


Quoting Richard Pyle <deepreef at bishopmuseum.org>:

> 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.
> Aloha,
> Rich
> 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.
> Regards
> Rod
> 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 ...
> Cheers,
> Stephen
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