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Re: Publication Practices
In a message dated 11/19/02 11:09:54 PM EST, email@example.com writes:
<< I just want to add something, regarding those practices I have ranted
against (I admit it) in the last few days, and then I will be done myself.
The mere practice of creating duplicate documents and distributing them
freely does not in fact constitute publication, or even the creation of a
permanent record. >>
Oh, but it does. Even according to ICZN rules. To be on the safe side, you
could send or sell copies to a number of major academic libraries both
foreign and domestic. This would help to add your publication to the
permanent scientific record. I always set aside a certain number of copies of
Mesozoic Meanderings, for example, for libraries to purchase.
<<If I were to, say, diagnose a new taxon (call it
"Smithosaurus") and print it out all nice and pretty and wordy and stuff,
and then distribute this to a _1000_ people, I would not have published
Why not? This is >exactly< what the JVP does for those who have submitted
papers to it, for example. How is what you do any different from what JVP
<< The same goes for reviewing manuscripts _for_ publication;
no matter the number, the manuscript does not constitute a publication.>>
No, manuscripts are not publications. Then, however, you're not distributing
or selling manuscripts freely to any and all--you're not supposed to be,
anyway. You're preparing a work for publication.