[Taxacom] Electronic publication

Richard Pyle deepreef at bishopmuseum.org
Thu Jan 12 14:00:31 CST 2017


> That is just it. This is not from the "legalese" part of the Code (where
> anybody who is not a senior zoologist fears to tread), but from a part
> intended for publishers (laymen) in their normal pursuit of publishing papers.

The problem is that the Code needs an objective way to establish a date of availability for purposes of priority.  Unfortunately, the increasingly dynamic and heterogeneous forms of "publication" by myriad publishers have left us with an increasing degree of ambiguity for ascertaining when that date actually is.  As a result, objectivity is compromised.  The whole purpose of the Code (nomenclatural stability) revolves around maximizing objectivity and minimizing ambiguity.  With modern publication, it is increasingly difficult to achieve this.

Aloha,
Rich




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