[Taxacom] Electronic Publications in Zoology

James Whitfield jwhitfie at life.illinois.edu
Wed Sep 12 09:21:13 CDT 2012

Just for my two cents, I think the proposed registration in ZooBank or
equivalent is essential to the success of future taxonomy.  It should no
longer be about how many printed copies there are (although this was
important at the time it was proposed, despite the low bar for
availability).  As far as I am concerned, if someone publishes a taxonomic
work in a relatively obscure publication that is not widely available and
does not communicate with the larger community,it should remain obscure.
If we remotely hope to catalog the world's species, we cannot work with
describers not making their works available to all who might be
interested.  In the past it was difficult to publish things that way in
many countries, but there's no excuse any more. John shouldn't have to be
trying to figure out what printed versions there are or are not.

Cheers, Jim

> Dear Taxacomers,
> Given the new amendment of the ICZN to allow the availablity of
> nomenclatural changes in e-only publications it strikes me that the
> Commission could have taken this consideration further. Perhaps they can
> in future.
> Consider a PDF article where neither the article in itself meets the
> criteria of Article 8.5. nor is there any evidence that there is an
> identical printed version.
> It many such cases it can be virtually impossible to determine if there is
> a printed version and thus the availability of included taxonomic acts may
> be questionable. It would be very helpful if the code could include a rule
> that any article published in e-format (PDF) MUST include an appropriate
> statement along the lines of 1. Where there is an identical printed
> version: "This article is also published as an identical printed version
> issued on [Date]"
> 2. Where there is not an identical printed version: "This article is
> published in PDF format only and meets the requirements of the
> International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, Article 8.5"
> This way it would be absolutely clear from any article published as a PDF
> whether it meets the requirements of the ICZN in terms of availability.
> Currently, in Chalcidoidea, about 10 taxonomic papers per year are
> published as PDF's where it is not clear whether there is an equivalent
> printed version. It can sometimes takes some considerable time to check
> whether the current requirements of the ICZN are met. Given the recent
> amendment to the Code, I see this situation getting worse and potentially
> dangerously confusing.
> John
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James B. Whitfield
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