[Taxacom] e-publication of EarlyView: clarification needed

Roderic Page r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk
Fri Sep 14 01:39:10 CDT 2012

In BioStor http://biostor.org/ I've started to keep the Roman numerals in the title as a way to keep track of gaps in coverage. For example, if I've extracted articles 'X' and 'XII' then there's 'XI' lurking somewhere in BHL.

Some publishers have kept the Roman numerals in the article title when submitting metadata to CrossRef, some haven't. If you have the DOI for the article then the actual title becomes essentially irrelevant, you simply cite the DOI. Using the DOI also circumvents the issue of what title to cite when the article has multiple titles (e.g., English and Portuguese). It also helps avoid the practice of translating article titles in to English, which often makes finding the article more difficult.



On 14 Sep 2012, at 04:58, Neal Evenhuis wrote:

> There were actually 71 articles in 457 pp. for that particular volume. Numbering the articles in Roman numerals was a convention used by the Annals and Magazine of Natural History for many decades. Most people ignore the Roman numerals when citing an article as they were merely an internal notation of organization of articles in each volume.
> -Neal
> On 9/13/12 5:50 PM, "Mark WIlden" <mark at mwilden.com<mailto:mark at mwilden.com>> scribbled the following tidbit:
> Is it reasonable there would be 52 articles in 321pp? Seems possible, I suppose.
> On Sep 13, 2012, at 7:37 PM, Richard Pyle <deepreef at bishopmuseum.org<mailto:deepreef at bishopmuseum.org>> wrote:
> On a completely separate topic...
> R I Pocock (1898) LII.-On the Arachnida taken in the Transvaal and in
> Nyasaland by Mr W. L. Distant and Dr Percy Rendall. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist.
> (7) 1:
> 308-321
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