[Taxacom] Species descriptions in thesis
Pekka T. Lehtinen
pekleh at utu.fi
Sun Jun 9 08:52:13 CDT 2013
On 9.6.2013 2:55, Marla Schwarzfeld wrote:
> Dear Taxacomers,
> I am describing a number of new species in my Ph.D. thesis, ahead of the
> peer-reviewed journal publication of the descriptions. However I would like
> the published paper to be the official description. Since my thesis will be
> online, and thus technically fulfill the requirements of the Code, I would
> like to include a statement that the descriptions therein are not the
> “real” species descriptions. I feel I’ve seen similar statements, but
> can’t find any examples now that I’m looking for one. Does anyone have a
> suggestion for a standard statement that should be included?
> Thanks in advance!
I have many times been wondering the STRONGLY DEVIATING PRACTICES
of different countries regarding the EXCEPTIONAL (OR LESS EXCEPTIONAL)
POSITION OF THE DOCTORAL THESES, including at least U.S.A, but possibly
also many other countries.
In Finland, this problem has been TOTALLY AVOIDED FOR SEVERAL
DECADES, at least, and possibly this SOLUTION COULD BE THE BEST ONE FOR
MANY OTHER (ALL!) COUNTRIES AS WELL.
In my country, the DOCTORAL THESIS does not constitute a
different category of publication, but the THESIS is simply an ALREADY
PUBLISHED WORK in a peer-reviewed journal (as USUAL for long time,
including my thesis in 1967 - the much cited REVOLUTIONARY WORK in
spider phylogeny) or, as MORE USUAL later, a series of separate
PEER-REVIEWED articles (BUT NOT A LESS official "unpublished" work).
This would make all questions about availability of taxonomic acts in
Within this system, all descriptions and other taxonomic acts are
completely EQUAL TO CORRESPONDING things of publications of other kind
and NO SEPARATE CODE-COMPLIANT (LATER) PUBLICATIONS WOULD BE NECESSARY.
Of course, as long as this practice will not be OBLIGATORY, all
individual cases of theses should be TREATED NOMENCLATORALLY AS BEFORE!
It is possible that such radical change would be difficult to
realize in countries, where the thesis has DIFFERENT (LOWER!) VALUE than
post-doc publications, possibly due to attempts to get more doctoral
theses than in our system.
It is anyway an alternative which could be tested (OR EVEN
DIRECTLY APPLIED) in other countries as well. I believe that a similar
system is NORMAL in many European countries, at least in northern
Europe, and thus not at all restricted to Finland!
Pekka T. Lehtinen
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