[Taxacom] two names online published - one new species - IMPORTANT BAD NEWS!
stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Thu Jan 21 21:47:50 CST 2016
Hold on a minute, Doug! We now have a much bigger problem! Pohl & Beutel's name isn't available either!! Look at the ZooBank records for article and journal:
Nothing for archiving!
Oh dear, it is quite possible that nothing in Systematic Entomology has ever been validly published e-first!
On Fri, 22/1/16, Doug Yanega <dyanega at ucr.edu> wrote:
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] two names online published - one new species
To: "Stephen Thorpe" <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>, taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Received: Friday, 22 January, 2016, 4:37 PM
5:41 PM, Stephen Thorpe
Yes, but the question is whether (4) could ever
be expected to be the responsibility of an author?
I shouldn't have to remind you, but...
For the better part of a decade, during the struggle to
provision into the Code to allow for e-only publication
nomenclatural acts, one of the BIGGEST concerns that
expressed - one of the major points of resistance to
change - was
the fear that it was impossible to ensure the longevity
electronic documents. I have an archive containing piles
comments, posted right here in Taxacom, to demonstrate
It was considered by the taxonomic community ABSOLUTELY
that the Code amendment make it mandatory that
who wanted to make an e-only work that was also
required to tell readers where that work was going to be
so in 50 or 100 years, people could still find and link
copies - i.e., ensuring that no nomenclaturally-relevant
ever vanish into the ether. This is what you wanted, and
we gave you
what you insisted upon - the best possible mechanism to
archival longevity and accessibility of e-only works.
It is entirely up to the author whether or not to
publish in an
e-only journal; they are making that choice themselves,
knowingly choosing to subject their work to additional
availability, and ALSO thereby making themselves
knowing whether the publication venue itself fulfills
additional criteria. When an author chooses a particular
journal, it is perfectly reasonable to expect that they
something about the journal they are submitting to - in
knowing whether the archiving practices of the journal
are Code-compliant, and then making sure that readers
know where the
work is archived - is ALSO quite clearly an author's
It all goes along with the choice to publish digitally
in the first
Of course, if a journal can't or won't assure
you, as an author,
that their archival protocol for digital works is
then you shouldn't publish in that journal!
Doug Yanega Dept. of Entomology Entomology
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314 skype:
phone: (951) 827-4315 (disclaimer: opinions are mine, not
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