[Taxacom] Important note Re: two names online published -one new species

Adam Cotton adamcot at cscoms.com
Sun Jan 24 15:48:03 CST 2016

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Stephen Thorpe" <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>
To: "Stephen Thorpe" <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>; 
<deepreef at bishopmuseum.org>; <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>; "'Doug Yanega'" 
<dyanega at ucr.edu>; "Frank T. Krell" <Frank.Krell at dmns.org>
Cc: "'engel'" <msengel at ku.edu>
Sent: Monday, January 25, 2016 4:26 AM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Important note Re: two names online published -one 
new species

> Other publishers were no doubt consulted to some extent, yes. Neverthless, 
> we have ended up in a situation whereby the electronic amendment is 
> optimised to the Zootaxa publishing model, and many other publishers fall 
> into a messy and indeterminate basket. Note that the Zootaxa publishing 
> model wasn't created so as to be fully Code compliant with the electronic 
> amendment. The Zootaxa model predates the amendment by several years. At 
> the very least, Zhang had inside knowledge of what was going to result 
> from the amendment well ahead of time, and thereby had an advantage over 
> other publishers.
> These are facts Frank. I cannot be wrong. Not unless you can offer a 
> convincing alternative explanation as to why the electronic amendment fits 
> Zootaxa hand in glove, while other publishers are left in a gray zone. 
> Well?
> Stephen

That may well be the case or your interpretation of it, but it should be 
pointed out that Zootaxa is Code compliant in publication of the printed 
version, and is not an e-publication per se.

On the FAQ page http://www.mapress.com/j/zt/pages/view/qna you can see
"the print and online editions are published concurrently, as this is 
important for taxonomic papers with new names. The official date of 
publication will be clearly stated on the front page of each paper."

Simultaneous publication of the identical printed and pdf versions (except 
that in the printed version colour photos are printed in black and white 
unless paid for, and hyperlinks don't work on paper ;-) ) means that the 
real Code compliant version is the printed one, but the pdf is identical in 
every way except as stated on the webpage.

Zootaxa may register new taxa with Zoobank, but that registration has 
nothing to do with conferring availability on the name(s) or complying with 
the e-publication amendment.


PS. Time for me to go to bed (nearly 5am here in Thailand - I am nocturnal 

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