[Taxacom] Formation of family names e.g. Diplogasteridae vs. Diplogastridae in Nematoda (and similar)

Tony Rees tonyrees49 at gmail.com
Mon Nov 2 16:46:03 CST 2015

Here's the preliminary result: over the period 1990-2000 Google Scholar has
139 citations for "Diplogasteridae". I checked the first 100 and they are
by approximately 70 different authors. For the same period there are 53
results for "Diplogastridae", with obviously an equal or lesser number of
distinct authors to that value. So in this case "Diplogasteridae" does
emerge the winner in terms of "prevailing usage" over that period (if I
have made a mistake in my methodology, I will be happy to hear it).

I do not fancy doing the same with "Chronogasteridae" and other equivalent
cases but will take the "Diplogasteridae" status as indicative for those as

Thanks again for the responses,

Regards - Tony

Tony Rees, New South Wales, Australia

On 3 November 2015 at 09:14, Tony Rees <tonyrees49 at gmail.com> wrote:

> OK, I will try to re-analyse the results using that criterion... also I
> realised that I should be using a time window close to 2000 (e.g.
> 1990-2000), not all papers published prior to that cutoff point...
> Regards - Tony
> Tony Rees, New South Wales, Australia
> https://about.me/TonyRees
> On 3 November 2015 at 09:09, Doug Yanega <dyanega at ucr.edu> wrote:
>> On 11/2/15 1:57 PM, Tony Rees wrote:
>> Doug and Stephen, I did a quick check using Google Scholar and came up
>> with the following result:
>> 1850-2000 papers: Diplogasteridae 398, Diplogastridae 62
>> 2001-2015 papers (out of scope for ICZN "prevailing usage"
>> consideration): Diplogasteridae 459, Diplogastridae 427
>> Thus although it appears that usage of the form "Diplogastridae" has
>> been gaining ground, this is incorrect so far as the Code is concerned and
>> the version "Diplogasteridae" is the Code-sanctioned one.
>> The Code specifies that what one counts is authors, not papers. Googling
>> is not the best way to assess this metric, therefore. Think about it and
>> you'll see the logic: one author could flood the literature with dozens of
>> papers using the spelling they personally prefer, and thereby "win" if all
>> the other experts published only one paper apiece.
>> Peace,
>> --
>> Doug Yanega      Dept. of Entomology       Entomology Research Museum
>> Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314     skype: dyanega
>> phone: (951) 827-4315 (disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
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