[Taxacom] Return of the digital taxa

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Thu Sep 22 17:50:36 CDT 2016


Hi Laurent,
Yes, it has been quite difficult to get the details straight about this issue (due in part to rather vague and hasty accusations being thrown around, not to mention the issue being spuriously linked by Jason with the Marshall/Evenhuis bee fly!), and I'm not so sure that the people or institutions directly involved will want to talk about it at all. Preliminary indications suggest to me that the journal itself must be considered to be extremely "dodgy", what with Pushkin on the editorial board and also Gautam, who appears to be unreachable at his institution in USA. From what I can tell, Pushkin is the only one publishing taxonomic articles, so the relevance of this issue to us is fortunately probably limited to just a few bogus taxonomic papers. It does appear that Hava et al. and Pushkin initially had a cooperative relationship, but things seem to have devolved from there. I'll let you know if any new information comes to hand on this issue..
Cheers,
Stephen

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On Fri, 23/9/16, Laurent Raty <l.raty at skynet.be> wrote:

 Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Return of the digital taxa
 To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
 Received: Friday, 23 September, 2016, 10:28 AM
 
 Yes, I got caught in a
 confusion between the two papers as well. (As you 
 did initially too, Stephen, but for some reason
 that I don't understand, 
 your emails to
 the group stopped to reach me some time ago; I can only 
 see them in the archive.) So to be clear:
 - The first paper (Anthrenus kamiluhi, 
 http://easletters.com/volume3-issue1-2016/EASL-2016-3-1-1-3.pdf
 , 
 claimed to be a "nomen
 nudum" by Háva, Herrmann & Kadej) is registered
 
 in ZooBank (and is thus presumably
 published).
 - The second one (Thamaglossa
 zhantievi, 
 http://easletters.com/volume3-issue4-2016/EASL-2016-3-4-12-14.pdf
 ) is 
 not (and is IMHO unpublished).
 
 The ISSN claimed on ZooBank
 (2348-2864) is that of the online version. 
 Here: http://easletters.com/malpractice-policy.html
 the journal is said 
 to be "an
 *electronic* peer reviewed international journal".
 ELibrary.ru 
 - http://elibrary.ru/title_about.asp?id=56427
 - makes 2348-2864 the ISSN 
 of the
 online (онлайновой) version, and gives no ISSN of
 any printed 
 (печатной) version.
 
 SV Pushkin appears on the
 website of his university - 
 http://www.ncfu.ru/spisok-sotrudnikov/1302-pushkin-sergey-viktorovich.html
 
 - so the affiliation presumably did
 exist at some point at least. 
 Whether the
 university will answer an outsider about this type of issue,
 
 is probably a different matter, though.
 
 (But I doubt that a Russian
 zoologist can get this type of publicity:
 https://www.zin.ru/animalia/coleoptera/rus/puspdf18.htm
 ...on the website of the Zoological Institute
 of the Russian Academy of 
 Science at
 St-Petersburg, and keep things quiet indefinitely...)
 
 Laurent -
 
 
 On 09/22/2016 11:32 PM,
 Stephen Thorpe wrote:
 > I note that
 someone using the name "Sergey Viktorovich
 Pushkin" has
 been active on ZooBank (
 http://zoobank.org/Search?search_term=Pushkin
 ), trying to register articles. Also, it
 appears that Hava et al.
 described Anthrenus
 pushkini Herrmann, Kadej & Háva, 2015!
 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/297838486_A_new_species_of_Anthrenus_Geoffroy_1762_Coleoptera_Dermestidae_from_Dagestan
 
 > Evidently they were
 collaborating at some stage. I have as yet had
 > no
 reply from either Hava,
 nor the Russian university that Pushkin claims
 affiliation with. The ZooBank record for the
 journal (
 http://zoobank.org/References/7C956948-1236-45B4-A62B-414B69567BDE
 )
 claims to have a print ISSN, so I
 wouldn't be too quick to dismiss it as
 e-only! It would be very easy for them to
 produce a minimal print run
 anyway, or to
 fake it in a way that is difficult to disprove. The
 journal appears to be based in India and
 appears somewhat "dodgy"! One
 of
 the editorial board is listed as being USA based: Dr Bal K
 Gautam,
 Department of Entomology, Louisiana
 State University, Baton Rouge, LA ,
 USA. I
 might check him out ...
 >
 > Stephen
 >
 >
 --------------------------------------------
 > On Thu, 22/9/16, Laurent Raty <l.raty at skynet.be>
 wrote:
 >
 >  Subject:
 Re: [Taxacom] Return of the digital taxa
 >  To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
 >  Received: Thursday, 22 September, 2016,
 9:59 PM
 >
 >  A
 "collection"
 >  where the
 type(s) are intended to be deposited must be
 >  designated and its location given *IF*
 the
 >  types are extant specimens.
 >  (The whole
 > 
 purpose of this provision being to make it as easy as
 >  possible for a subsequent worker to
 re-locate
 >  the type series -- and
 put
 >  an end to
 > 
 situations where this subsequent author had to use
 "any
 >
 > 
 evidence, published or unpublished,"
 >  to guess where he might find the
 >  types.)
 >
 >  But anyway, the first problem
 >  here doesn't seem to be the
 depository.
 >  The first problem is that
 the journal is
 >  electronic, and the
 paper lacks
 >  a ZooBank
 >  registration, thus it is wholly
 unpublished and *nothing* in
 >
 >  it is nomenclaturally relevant.
 >
 >  The description is
 fake as
 >  well, by the way, not just
 the images -- 99%
 >  of the text being
 an evident 'remix' of
 >  the
 description of Thaumaglossa
 > 
 mroczkowskii by Háva & Kadej 2005.
 >
 >  As michael noted,
 it seems
 >  impossible to understand
 such a behaviour if
 >  it comes from a
 professional scientist, as it
 >  can
 only be damaging for
 >  him. But do
 we
 >  necessarily need to accept that it
 really happened..? One
 >
 >  possible purpose for such a
 'paper'
 >  may be to create a
 fake publication
 >  track
 >  for a 'predatory' journal, in
 order to attract
 >  submissions.
 >
 >  Laurent -
 >
 >
 >  On 09/22/2016 10:23 AM,
 >  Derek Sikes wrote:
 >  > Neal,
 > 
 >
 >  > "The names are
 >  nomina nuda because the author failed to
 designate a type
 >  > depository for
 each — a common
 >  > mistake
 unfortunately."
 >  >
 >  > Could you clarify
 >  this further? If a depository
 designation is needed to
 >  > avoid
 names becoming nomina nuda, then how
 > 
 is it possible to name a species
 >  >
 based
 >  only on a photo? (As it seems
 it is). If the type is running
 > 
 around
 >  > free, it can't have
 a
 >  depository. I'd appreciate
 knowing where in the code
 >  > this
 is spelled out. Thanks! (I'm
 > 
 teaching systematics now and we've
 >  >
 >  covered
 these descriptions based on photographed but
 >  uncollected types...)
 >  >
 >  >
 -Derek
 >  >
 > 
 > On Wed, Sep 21, 2016 at 7:54 PM, Neal
 >  Evenhuis <neale at bishopmuseum.org>
 >  > wrote:
 > 
 >
 >  >> Actually …
 >  >>
 >  >>
 This has
 >  nothing to do with
 publishing based on a photograph only.
 >  A
 >  >>
 holotype is clearly listed as
 > 
 examined. The names are nomina nuda because
 >  >> the author failed to designate
 a type
 >  depository for each — a
 common
 >  >>
 >  mistake unfortunately.
 >  >>
 >  >>
 What is troublesome in the paper that
 > 
 you refer to that points out that
 > 
 >>
 >  these are nomina nuda, is
 the conclusion for each name says
 >  the
 opposite!
 >  >> That they are
 >  “available”.
 > 
 >>
 >  >> Simply, sloppy
 descriptions and sloppy
 >  review of the
 sloppy descriptions.
 >  >>
 >  >> -Neal
 > 
 >>
 >  >>
 >  >>
 > 
 >>
 >  >> On Stardate
 9/21/16, 5:40 PM,
 >  "Taxacom on
 behalf of JF Mate"
 >  >>
 <taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
 >  on behalf of aphodiinaemate at gmail.com>
 >  >> wrote:
 > 
 >>
 >  >>> It seems
 taxonomy fraudsters have
 >  cottoned on
 the fact that
 >  >>>
 >  descriptions no longer require
 "dead bodies". A
 > 
 description of a new
 >  >>>
 >  Dermestidae was published in Entomology
 and Applied Science
 >  Letters.
 >  >>> Fortunately the author
 >  was pretty lazy and it ended up being a
 nomen
 >  >>> nudum. Reference
 to original
 >  article and link to
 article uncovering
 >  >>> the
 dirty deed below.
 >  >>>
 >  >>>
 > 
 Jason
 >  >>>
 >  >>> Original article:
 Description of a
 >  new species of the
 genus
 >  >>>
 >  Thaumaglossa (COLEOPTERA: Dermestidae:
 Megatominae) of the
 >  Astrakhan
 >  >>> Region of Russia.
 >  >>> Entomology and Applied
 Science
 >  Letters, 2016, 3, 4:
 12-14.
 >  >>>
 >  >>>
 > 
 >>> https://www.researchgate.net/publication/308163532_New_
 >  >> Faunistic_Records_a
 >  >>>
 > 
 nd_remarks_on_Dermestidae_Coleoptera_-_Part_15
 >  >>>
 > 
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