[Taxacom] Proofs for opinion

Walker, Ken kwalker at museum.vic.gov.au
Wed Jan 7 17:46:15 CST 2015

Thanks Stephen,

Our hope is that the ICZN takes these comments and opinions on board and better defines the code.  We all want EV to be a valid publication - make it so.


From: Stephen Thorpe [stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz]
Sent: Thursday, 8 January 2015 10:43 AM
To: Taxacom; Walker, Ken
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Proofs for opinion

Hi Ken (and list):
Unfortunately, no matter how many people agree that something which they desire is so, it doesn't make it so. The issues here are vastly more complicated. The electronic amendment, I suggest, was tailored to the Magnolia Press publishing model, with minimal regard for any other. Hence, it is difficult to fit the Code around other publishing models. The main problem is that the Code fails to define what exactly is meant by a "preliminary version". The botanical code does spell this out (better), but that is of no direct relevance to zoology. So how can we argue the point here, when there is no definition of "preliminary version"? We surely can't just make up whatever definition suits our purposes? My own view is that, on pragmatic grounds, we must consider these "Early View" publications to be validly published (all other things being equal). The big problem which remains, though - and it is something that few people seem to understand - is that although
 validly published, how can we verify that they were indeed validly published. Answer: ONLY IF the EARLY VIEW version (PDF) has been archived and is accessible. As far as I can tell, if anything at all gets archived, it is the final paginated version. This could be a problem ...

On Thu, 8/1/15, Walker, Ken <kwalker at museum.vic.gov.au> wrote:

 Subject: [Taxacom] Proofs for opinion
 To: "Taxacom" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
 Received: Thursday, 8 January, 2015, 12:21 PM

 An opinion piece newly published in Systematic Entomology
 addresses recent discussion of the taxonomic validity of
 names appearing in Early View (that is, new names published
 electronically, prior to appearance in a journal issue). Two
 previous editors of the journal, Wiley's Publishing Manager
 and the  taxonomic editor of Austral Entomology combine
 to argue that Early View constitutes valid publication.
 Eighteen senior systematists, the current editors, the
 former Executive Secretary, International Commission on
 Zoological Nomenclature and the former Publishing Manager of
 Wiley journals endorse the opinion.
 The article is free access at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/syen.12119/pdf

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