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RE: Citing same-author-and-date papers
There's no real rule about this. If you were writing a taxonomy-related
manuscript, and you actually knew the exact dates of the two papers,
then I'd probably prefer making the paper published earlier in the year
'a', but it's not something that I would normally recommend losing sleep
Dept of Environmental Biology
Curtin University of Technology
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> Subject: Citing same-author-and-date papers
> A boring question about putting a manuscript together ...
> Suppose I need to cite two papers by Hatcher, both from 1903 -- first,
> I mention that in one of the papers, he considered Astrodon and
> Pleurocoelus synonymous, then later I mention the genus
> Haplocanthosaurus and so have to give the citation for that name. The
> two papers, in the order that I mentioned them, are:
> Hatcher, J. B. 1903. Osteology of _Haplocanthosaurus_ with
> description of a new species, and remarks on the probable
> habits of the Sauropoda and the age and origin of the
> Atlantosaurus beds. Memoirs of the Carnegie Museum, 2: 1-72
> and plates I-V.
> Hatcher, J. B. 1903. A new name for the dinosaur
> _Haplocanthus_ Hatcher. Proceedings of the Biological Society
> of Washington 16: 100.
> The first one I cited is a monograph describing in detail the dinosaur
> named in the very brief second one; so clearly they were published in
> the opposite order.
> My question: which should I designate Hatcher 1903a and which Hatcher
> 1903b? Should I call the monograph 1903a because I mentioned that one
> first, or should one-pager be 1903a because it was published first?
> /o ) \/ Mike Taylor <email@example.com>
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