[Taxacom] nomen nuda and missing authors

Francisco Welter-Schultes fwelter at gwdg.de
Thu Aug 23 19:12:47 CDT 2018


Some countries demand(ed) dissertations to be printed in at least 50 or 
so copies and deposited in a public library (usually the university 
library - in Germany they have a workflow to distribute all these copies 
among the libraries). This is/was a prerequisite for obtaining the 
doctoral degree. Such dissertations are usually very well available to 
the public and are considered published work.

Cheers
Francisco

Am 24.08.2018 um 00:55 schrieb Neal Evenhuis:
> We here in Hawaii have a similar problem in that a dissertation was done revising the large and speciose genus Scotorhythra (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) but the student never published the dissertation and has now left the country to be a teacher in the UK and supposedly has no intention of ever publishing it. What to do??? Well...
> 
> There has been a change in the ICZN Code from the 1985 (3rd edition - red book) to the current 2000 (4th edition - green book) with regard to Article 9 (what does not constitute a publication) and specifically theses.
> 
> - Article 9(11) of the 1985 Code stated that documents deposited in a library or archive (e.g., a thesis) is not a publication.
> - Article  9 of the 2000 (current) Code does not have that item listed any longer. There is, however, an item (Article 9.7) that specifies that copies obtained on demand [such as those obtained via the former Dissertations International] do not constitute publication. But there is nothing that specifies that a thesis that is published with ink on paper with multiple copies issued simultaneously and is available for free or by purchase does not constitute a publication.
> 
> Of course, this has engendered discussion from those who maintain such works as dissertations and theses still do not merit publication status and those who do. If the work in question in this case has a disclaimer that the new names it in are not for the permanent scientific record, then it is not. If there is no such disclaimer, then it falls into the potential of being a valid publication according to the current Code.
> 
> -Neal
> 
> From: Taxacom <taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu<mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>> on behalf of "Michael A. Ivie" <mivie at montana.edu<mailto:mivie at montana.edu>>
> Date: Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 12:26 PM
> To: taxacom <TAXACOM at MAILMAN.NHM.KU.EDU<mailto:TAXACOM at MAILMAN.NHM.KU.EDU>>
> Subject: [Taxacom] nomen nuda and missing authors
> 
> While we are talking about making names available without impinging on
> the work of others, I have a question about the morals of a situation
> that I think comes up relatively often.
> 
> Stephen Wayne Nichols published a paper on scaratine carabids in
> Liebherr's 1988 book on West Indian Biogeography, and used several nomen
> nuda.  The work had photos and distribution maps, and it is sometimes
> possible to figure out what the names go with.  He then finished a
> dissertation at Cornell, also in 1988, in which he fully treated the
> names with descriptions and repositories, but never published it.  A
> couple years later, he simply disappeared. He seems to have
> intentionally disappeared from all entomology related aspects of his
> former life.  I was an office mate and fellow grad student with Steve,
> and considered him a good friend, so this is not hearsay.
> 
> These nomen nuda have made their way into the literature, along with
> some new combinations and other details.  I need to use the information
> in his dissertation, but the names are unavailable, and I don't want to
> validate them under my name.  Is it moral to submit a paper under his
> name with the minimum data needed to validate the names? Would an editor
> even allow such? Should they? What about lifting passages from the
> dissertation and putting them in a paper authored by myself, but
> attributing the names to Nichols? Can I do that without permission?
> 
> Any ideas?
> 
> Mike Ivie
> 
> 
> --
> __________________________________________________
> 
> Michael A. Ivie, Ph.D., F.R.E.S.
> 
> NOTE: two addresses with different Zip Codes depending on carriers
> 
> US Post Office Address:
> Montana Entomology Collection
> Marsh Labs, Room 50
> PO Box 173145
> Montana State University
> Bozeman, MT 59717
> USA
> 
> UPS, FedEx, DHL Address:
> Montana Entomology Collection
> Marsh Labs, Room 50
> 1911 West Lincoln Street
> Montana State University
> Bozeman, MT 59718
> USA
> 
> 
> (406) 994-4610 (voice)
> (406) 994-6029 (FAX)
> mivie at montana.edu<mailto:mivie at montana.edu>
> 
> _______________________________________________
> Taxacom Mailing List
> Send Taxacom mailing list submissions to: Taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu<mailto:Taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
> 
> http://mailman.nhm.ku.edu/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/taxacom
> The Taxacom Archive back to 1992 may be searched at: http://taxacom.markmail.org
> To subscribe or unsubscribe via the Web, visit: http://mailman.nhm.ku.edu/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/taxacom
> You can reach the person managing the list at: taxacom-owner at mailman.nhm.ku.edu<mailto:taxacom-owner at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
> 
> Nurturing Nuance while Assaulting Ambiguity for 31 Some Years, 1987-2018.
> 
> 
> ________________________________
> This message is only intended for the addressee named above. Its contents may be privileged or otherwise protected. Any unauthorized use, disclosure or copying of this message or its contents is prohibited. If you have received this message by mistake, please notify us immediately by reply mail or by collect telephone call. Any personal opinions expressed in this message do not necessarily represent the views of the Bishop Museum.
> _______________________________________________
> Taxacom Mailing List
> Send Taxacom mailing list submissions to: Taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> 
> http://mailman.nhm.ku.edu/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/taxacom
> The Taxacom Archive back to 1992 may be searched at: http://taxacom.markmail.org
> To subscribe or unsubscribe via the Web, visit: http://mailman.nhm.ku.edu/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/taxacom
> You can reach the person managing the list at: taxacom-owner at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> 
> Nurturing Nuance while Assaulting Ambiguity for 31 Some Years, 1987-2018.
> 


More information about the Taxacom mailing list