[Taxacom] Problem with authors of taxa

Francisco Welter-Schultes fwelter at gwdg.de
Sun Aug 13 18:27:24 CDT 2017

I would not recommend to start interpreting the Code in an unusual and 
completely new way. I generally would not recommend to interpret the 
Code too strictly literally, as you sometimes tend to do it.

Authorship of a work is a relatively well accepted concept. This is the 
bibliographic authorship, which is the authorship under which a work is 
usually cited in library catalog recources. Librarians follow strict 
rules how to extract such authors from a printed work. Zoologists have 
always followed the rules provided by that discipline.

Easily expressed: the author of the work is the author cited as such on 
the title page. There are a few exceptions to that rule, but they do not 
include such concepts you have in mind there.


Francisco Welter-Schultes

Am 14.08.2017 um 00:17 schrieb Stephen Thorpe:
> "External authors (Art. 50.1.1): it is important to attribute both the name and (usually) the description to the authors who are not (or not
> all) the authors of the work. Description and name attribution must be congruent."
> Again, the problem is that this is incoherent nonsense! An author of any PART of any work is an author of the work simpliciter, even if not stated to be such at the beginning of the work. It is simply not possible to have an "external author"!
> Stephen

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