[Taxacom] e-publication of EarlyView: clarification needed

David Campbell pleuronaia at gmail.com
Thu Sep 13 09:38:02 CDT 2012

> To use a DOI you simply append it to http://dx.doi.org/, e.g., 10.1080/00222939808677978 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00222939808677978

The difficulty is that this is simple if you are a computer but not if
you are a human, and who knows where you might end up if there's a
typo in the string.  It's a bit like the PhyloCode advocates in the
latest Systematic Biology trying to convince everyone that "Digitata
Linnaeus 1759, 2:1144 [New Author] (Adansonia) RegNum-number" is a
vast improvement over "Adansonia digitata L."

My experience with trying to chase down "online supplementary
material" when a journal was bought by another publisher also gives me
misgivings about the long-term reliability of links.

Dr. David Campbell
Visiting Professor
Department of Natural Sciences
Gardner-Webb University
Boiling Springs NC 28017

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