[Taxacom] problems in Nature editorial re code compliance

David Campbell pleuronaia at gmail.com
Thu Jul 21 06:50:33 CDT 2016

reports on efforts to get people going outside to play Pokemon Go to take
pictures of the actual organisms around them as well, leading into a
discussion of what to do if a new taxon is found.  The discussion contains
the conspicuous inaccuracy of claiming that the ICZN code formerly required
species descriptions to be in print academic journals.  In print, yes, but
not restricted to academic journals (and, for that matter, it also
overlooks the CD option).  I'm not able to send a comment to Nature, but it
might be worth pointing out the correction.

On a related note, does anyone know if PLoS One as of 2014 was compliant
with ICZN rules for print publication?  PLoS One.
<http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25250663#> 2014 Sep 24;9(9):e108696.
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0108696. names a new genus and subfamily.  The
names are republished as new this year in without explanation of the
repetition in http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/zoj.12455/abstract

Dr. David Campbell
Assistant Professor, Geology
Department of Natural Sciences
Box 7270
Gardner-Webb University
Boiling Springs NC 28017

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