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RE: Arambougiania Citation Redux
Christopher Taylor wrote:
[Disclaimer: Boring and esoteric nomenclature discussion coming up...]
As Tim has already indicated, a name could arguably be published in
an "abstract" if the volume containing the abstract was published and
made available to the general public (as opposed to only distributed
to conference attendees). The main factor to be considered in regard
to valid publication is availability (a non-peer-reviewed magazine is
validly published because it is widely on sale, a reviewed thesis is
generally not because it is not likely to be available off-campus -
Another point that might be relevant in this case (as well, IIRC, as
for _Gigantspinosaurus_) is that just because the volume title
includes the word "Abstract" doesn't necessarily mean that the
section in question is an "abstract" as we would generally understand
The other issue (and this pertains to _Gigantspinosaurus_ too) is the actual
<availability> of the abstract. Article 9.9 of the Code regards as invalid
those names that are published in abstracts that are not available for
public dissemination, but are issued only to participants of a certain
conference. The exact wording of 9.9 is:
"abstracts of articles, papers, posters, texts of lectures, and similar
material when issued primarily to participants at meetings, symposia,
colloquia or congresses."
The name _Arambourgiana_ first appeared in the "Abstracts of the 33rd
session of the All-Union Palaeontological Society, Leningrad". Strictly
speaking, if these abstracts were available only to participants of this
conference/session, then _Arambourgiana_ is not a valid name. But as I said
before, this issue of availability is difficult to demonstrate.
_Gigantspinosaurus_ represents a similar case - except the conference in
question was the "The Satellite Meeting of the First Youth Academic Annual
Confereces by Chinese Science Association, Abstracts and Summaries for Youth
Academic Symposium on New Discoveries and Ideas in Stratigraphic
Paleontology, Nanjing, Dec. 1992."
In both cases (_Arambourgiana_ and _Gigantspinosaurus_) the meaning of the
word "Abstract" (which Chris discussed) is just one issue. The other is the
availability of the abstract outside of the conference it was explicitly
I hope that made sense.
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