[Taxacom] How good is peer review...

Bob Mesibov mesibov at southcom.com.au
Sat Oct 5 16:58:54 CDT 2013

Philipp Wagner wrote:

'In nomenclature the open access journals are not the great problem I think. A much more serious problem are online-only journals. With modern technology every private person is able to develop a journal and can write dubious ideas without any review. This is in fact the problem.'

The problem is larger than private-person journals, as the spoof paper described in Science demonstrates. The ICZN moved on this problem and amended section 8 of the Code to allow electronic-only (valid) publishing only under certain conditions (see, for example, http://www.pensoft.net/journals/zookeys/article/3944/).

Do you think these restrictions are inadequate?
Dr Robert Mesibov
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Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, and
School of Agricultural Science, University of Tasmania
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