[Taxacom] New genus name in title

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Thu Jan 25 18:48:47 CST 2018


So the message I get from all of this is to check with a prospective
journal as to whether it releases titles and abstracts to databases other
sources prior to actual publication. If they do not then there would seem
to be no substantial threat, at least for titles (my main concern).

John Grehan

On Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 7:42 PM, Francisco Welter-Schultes <fwelter at gwdg.de>
wrote:

>
> The Code has this recommendation:
> "Recommendation 9A. Authors to avoid unintentional publication in
> abstracts.
> Authors should not include names and acts affecting zoological
> nomenclature in abstracts of papers or posters to be presented at meetings.
> (For disclaimer of abstracts volumes, see Recommendation 8G.)"
>
> Abstracts of papers can be published prior to the main paper, for example
> for purposes of advertisement, this depends on the journal. The same may
> apply to titles of papers in journal volumes.
> Abstracts can be issued electronically by paper-based journals before the
> articles are printed. These abstracts can be downloaded and printed by
> others who just copy the information. Authors could even include the
> information in their own works and publish quickly. Intentionally or
> unintentionally.
>
> The 4th Code edition has some regulations for new names published after
> 1999 that should prevent such mistakes, at least for species, because more
> information than previously needed must be attached to the new name.
> However unintentional establishment of a name is still possible in an
> abstract, in a bad case even in a title.
> Mentioning a new genus name, one included species, "gen. nov." and a short
> description ("the only known mammal with three legs") can suffice. In the
> case of a new replacement name even less. Abstracts of papers provide
> enough space to establish validly names of genera and families. Why do you
> think it is unlikely, Stephen?
>
> Francisco
>
> Am 25.01.2018 um 22:43 schrieb Stephen Thorpe:
>
>> It is extremely unlikely (under the current Code) that enough information
>> would be put in an abstract to make a name available from the abstract, and
>> I'm not sure that abstracting services publish abstracts before the article
>> is published? At any rate, the waters of publication dates are already well
>> muddied in the brave new world of electronic publication, for quite
>> different reasons (I've seen some pretty odd things happen on ZooBank,
>> relating to preregistration!)
>>
>> Stephen
>>
>> --------------------------------------------
>> On Fri, 26/1/18, Wolfgang Wuster <w.wuster at bangor.ac.uk> wrote:
>>
>>   Subject: Re: [Taxacom] New genus name in title
>>   To: "Peter Uetz" <peter at uetz.us>, "taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu" <
>> taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
>>   Received: Friday, 26 January, 2018, 10:35 AM
>>
>>     From dim memory, there were
>>   concerns, at least in the past, about the use of names in
>>   titles and abstracts resulting in them being published by
>>   abstracting services before the publication of the
>>   "official", intentional description, muddying the
>>   waters as to publication date etc.
>>       These concerns may predate the
>>   4th edition (which contains additional safeguards against
>>   inadvertent publication of a name) - not sure. Perhaps
>>   someone else can advise?
>>       Cheers,
>>       Wolfgang
>>       --
>>   Dr.
>>   Wolfgang Wüster  -  Senior Lecturer
>>   School of Biological Sciences
>>   Bangor University
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>>         ________________________________
>>   From: Taxacom <taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
>>   on behalf of Peter Uetz <peter at uetz.us>
>>   Sent: 25 January 2018 21:16
>>   To:
>>   taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
>>   Subject: Re: [Taxacom] New genus name in
>>   title
>>       After having looked at 10,000 descriptions of
>>   reptiles (literally!) I find it rather annoying that a lot
>>   of authors no not mention the name of the new species (or
>>   genus), neither in the title nor the abstract of their
>>   papers. How do we know what they are talking about if they
>>   don’t say it?
>>     Journal
>>   editors and reviewers should be a bit stricter with this
>>   kind of stuff and make it mandatory that new names are
>>   actually mentioned in the title or at least the abstract.
>>     http://www.mapress.com/j/zt/article/viewFile/zootaxa.4375.2.5/13578
>>         >
>>   ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>>   >
>>   > Date: Wed, 24 Jan
>>   2018 14:37:01 -0500
>>   > From: John Grehan
>>   <calabar.john at gmail.com>
>>   > To: taxacom <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
>>   > Subject: [Taxacom] New genus name in
>>   title
>>   >
>>   > This is a
>>   bit of an ignorant question, but did not find an answer in
>>   the
>>   > code of zoological nomenclature
>>   (not to say that it is not there, just that
>>   > I have not seen it). I would be interested
>>   to know what the code says about
>>   > a new
>>   genus being mentioned in the title of a paper before it is
>>   actually
>>   > described and diagnosed within
>>   the paper. Is it permissible by the code?
>>   >
>>   > Many thanks,
>>   >
>>   > John Grehan
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