[Taxacom] Open access?

Wuster,Wolfgang w.wuster at bangor.ac.uk
Wed Jun 5 04:54:59 CDT 2013

Having all taxonomic publication available as open access publications 
would be nice, but at least at the moment, someone, somewhere still ends 
up paying, at least if they wish to publish through independent academic 
journals. In the traditional system readers pay, under the open access 
model the author pays. I would be concerned that making open access 
mandatory would discriminate against taxonomists from poorer countries 
as well as many private individuals (and indeed retired academics) who 
pay for their taxonomic research out of their own pockets. No doubt this 
may change in the next few years with the advent of new publishing 
models, but I don't think we are quite there yet.

However, encouraging open access for those who can afford it would 
certainly make a nice Recommendation  8i in the Code.


John Noyes wrote:
> Hi,
> 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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