[Taxacom] Open access?

John Noyes j.noyes at nhm.ac.uk
Wed Jun 5 03:49:33 CDT 2013


I certainly think it would be good to specify that an electronic publication would meet the requirements of the ICZN as a published article ONLY if it was open access. It is a pity that this was not done when Article 8.5 was introduced - it is almost certainly too late now. As I see it, it was a fantastic opportunity was missed that would have made taxonomy hugely more accessible at a stroke. It would also have made it cheaper because the cost of publishing taxonomy (especially large-scale revisionary works of the sort that are badly needed) could have been reduced to virtually nill.


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Subject: [Taxacom] Open access?

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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