[Taxacom] Proofs for opinion

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Wed Jan 7 18:56:05 CST 2015

Doug: It sometimes happens that a publication is ZooBank registered before publication, but the publisher (or author) forgets to cite evidence of it in the work itself. They can secretly add it in after the fact, as if it was there all along. Similarly, and more importantly, with the date of publication, which also must be cited in the work itself. Similarly, there is a temptation to correct any errors in the Online First version before it goes to print. Even if the publisher did forget to preregister a publication on ZooBank, they might have already published it Online Early. So they add the new LSID, and alter the claimed date of Online publication (in the work itself) to fit the registration date!


On Thu, 8/1/15, Doug Yanega <dyanega at ucr.edu> wrote:

 Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Proofs for opinion
 To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
 Received: Thursday, 8 January, 2015, 1:47 PM
 On 1/7/15 4:34 PM,
 Stephen Thorpe wrote:
 > The problem,
 Donat, is that this is not formalised in the Code. I agree
 that it makes sense, and for pragmatic reasons I accept it,
 but there is still the problem of verification, i.e. that
 the publisher didn't try to "pull a fast one"
 by adding in a forgotten ZooBank LSID after the Early View
 version was first published online. Publishers don't
 like making mistakes, and sometimes try to hide them...
 The registration in
 ZooBank is time-stamped. If a work is registered 
 retroactively (so the time stamp post-dates the
 date of publication), 
 then the electronic
 version is not considered published, and the 
 nomenclatural acts in it are available from the
 date of the print 
 version instead. If there
 is no print version at all AND a post-dated 
 registration, then there is no Code-compliant
 publication at all.
 Doug Yanega      Dept. of Entomology 
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