[Taxacom] are early online publications code-compliant?

John Noyes j.noyes at nhm.ac.uk
Wed Apr 8 05:11:18 CDT 2015

Dear Rich and others,

I still have this problem about prepubs (EarlyView, etc.). I know that many of you think that "metadata" is not important, but when maintaining a taxonomic catalogue it is difficult to know whether one should enter the pagination of the prepublication or that of the compiled publication. The correct pagination is important, especially where many taxa are dealt with in the same publication. There is also the problem of volume number which is often omitted from the prepublication. If the version of record, in the case of prepublications, is the version where the name is first made available then this is the one that has the correct pagination. However when the compiled version is published the prepublication is no longer available (or am I wrong here) only the compiled version, with the different pagination and volume number, is available. I know it seems to be a minor thing but it becomes important (to me at least) when cataloguing or maintaining a database, whether it be on-line or otherwise. I am glad that Frank is trying to clear up the problem, but in my view, we are being pushed into this by the publishers and it is unnecessary. I do not think that prepublications are necessary in taxonomy. At the moment we have two differing views, one driven by the publishers (that prepublications are OK), and one that is held by the majority of taxonomists that I have discussed this with (that prepubs are not OK). If publishers could include the correct pagination and volume number with the (uncompiled) prepublication (i.e. an exact copy of the compiled version then I would have no problem in accepting the publication as available, but as it stands I find this difficult because it is apparently in conflict with the code as it stands. 


John Noyes
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From: Taxacom [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Richard Pyle
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Subject: Re: [Taxacom] are early online publications code-compliant?

> Even that is somewhat unclear. If the PDF is reupped with (previously 
> missing) evidence of ZooBank preregistration (where "pre-" means 
> "before the date reupped"), then it might be available before the 
> print edition, but there are a lot of complexities ...

The general consensus -- at least among Commissioners I have discussed this with -- is that a work becomes available the moment it fulfills all requirements of the Code.  This has always been true for printed works; and there is no reason to think it should be any different for electronic works. Using your hypothetical example above, the moment the "reupped" PDF (with included evidence for ZooBank registration) is obtainable (and assuming all other criteria are fulfilled), is the moment the work becomes available.  The same would apply to cases when the ZooBank record is subsequently updated to include required elements, such as the ISSN or indication of an online Archive.

Not really all that complex, actually.

Of course, all of these problems will vanish when if/when we adopt the Registered=Available model of registration (leaving "Publication" to the realm of science; not part of the realm of nomenclatural availability).


Richard L. Pyle, PhD
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