[Taxacom] Return of the digital taxa

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Fri Sep 23 16:09:01 CDT 2016


A bit of news on this issue: the administration at LSU managed to track down Bal Gautam (second on list here: http://easletters.com/editorial-team.html), who denies all knowledge of the journal or anyone connected with it (including Pushkin). If true, then we have a bogus journal claiming real people (with real institutional affiliations) as editorial board members, but without their knowledge (=identity theft?) 

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 not (and is IMHO unpublished).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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