[Taxacom] Open access?

Dan Lahr dlahr at ib.usp.br
Tue Jun 4 19:37:53 CDT 2013

Adding these types of requirements leaves you with a serious issue that is
dealing with the legacy names that do not comply with the new requirement.
 Lists of valid names are basically the only way around this (that I can
see), and there are numerous problems with that as well.

I see the addition of requirements more of a step towards instability in
the current situation.

Removing a requirement (as was done with the Latin descriptions in ICN) is
a whole different issue, because legacy names are not "lacking" a
requirement, and thus, do not need to be included as valid by any type of


On Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 8:37 PM, Raymond Hoser Snakeman Snakebusters Reptile
Parties <viper007 at live.com.au> wrote:

> Dear all, in another thread Doug Yanega said
> "Given that
> no one should be doing taxonomy without access to the original
> literature, requiring that an author transcribe the pertinent data into
> ZooBank is not adding very much to their overall effort."
> leads me to ask, should open access and online by a requirement of the
> next code of zoological nomenclature?
> I know it would muck up the "business models" of certain journals, but
> what does everyone else here think?
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