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There has been some talk on discussions about the pro's and con's of
making manuscripts available on the Web. Here's one of mine, on the
functional morphology of air-breathing aquatic vertebrates - but with a
distinct emphasis on ichthyosaurs. It is in the final stages of editing
for inclusion in the "Valentine Festschrift" later this year. It has been
reviewed and revised, and is basically my final shot. I have not yet
signed over any rights to any publisher, so it is my copyright.
Here are the rules that I would expect to apply to this document.
You have my explicit permission to download it and use it for your
personal convenience, and that includes copying it and *giving* it away.
You may not charge anyone any money for that - in other words, you may
not put it into a class manual that is then sold to students, or into an
anthology that you publish. If you want to use it for that purpose, ask me,
and I'll see what the prospective publisher will and will not allow, and
what I can and can't do.
You certainly may publicise it and its URL as much as you want.
As far as its academic status is concerned, I view it as a "personal
communication" until it is officially published. It is not (quite)
officially "in press" since I have not yet had the final edited version
from the editors, nor have they sent it to the printers. In times to
come, I expect that one may be able to include E-references in manuscripts
and published papers, but that has not yet happened in paleontology as
far as I know.
Have fun with it, and feel free to blast me directly by E-mail.
Here's the URL: