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Re: New publication: Notes on Early Mesozoic Theropods by Robert Gay

Gay, 2010 also writes in his introduction: "The other paper naming a new genus of theropod from the Kayenta Formation of Arizona was likewise submitted to a journal. Revisions were sent back by several reviewers but due to personal issues I was unable to respond in a timely manner. These authors’ suggested revisions have been incorporated in to the final paper."

While this is vague and open to some interpretation, one possibility is that the paper was not accepted by the journal and this self publication is a way around that problem. Why not make the corrections and simply resubmit or submit elsewhere?

If Lulu Press is a valid outlet for nomenclatorial acts, then our lives have become immensely simpler.


mhanson54@comcast.net wrote:
According to the ICZN:
8.1. Criteria to be met. A work must satisfy the following criteria:
8.1.1. it must be issued for the purpose of providing a public and permanent scientific record, 8.1.2. it must be obtainable, when first issued, free of charge or by purchase, and 8.1.3. it must have been produced in an edition containing simultaneously obtainable copies by a method that assures numerous identical and durable copies. 8.6. Works produced after 1999 by a method that does not employ printing on paper. For a work produced after 1999 by a method other than printing on paper to be accepted as published within the meaning of the Code, it must contain a statement that copies (in the form in which it is published) have been deposited in at least 5 major publicly accessible libraries which are identified by name in the work itself.

From Gay, R. 2010.
"Those that are concerned about the naming of a new genus in this format should not be. The availability and distribution requirements are more than met—the relevant institutions have received a copy for their records. In addition "Notes on Early Mesozoic Theropods" will remain available to all who wish to purchase it online, as well as those stores that chose to carry it, for the foreseeable future—far surpassing the availability of many other high profile publications to those anywhere on the globe."

According to this 8.1.1, 8.1.2, and 8.1.3 are all fulfilled. The only criterion not fulfilled is 8.6, and its due to a very minor technicality; nowhere in this work are the "5 major publicly accessible libraries" where the hard copies are deposited named. I don't think that on-demand self publishing necessarily violates 8.1.3, on some contitions it might be, but a publication service such as Lulu ensures that multiple individuals can order and obtain "numerous identical and durable copies" at the same time.

On 5/6/10 18:49, Dan Chure wrote:
I have checked the website and Lulu clearly describes itself as a "Self Publishing" business and one that publishes on demand. So it would appear that Kayentavenatoir is not a valid taxon.


Brad McFeeters wrote:
I'm not sure if Rob is a member of this list, but the book seems to have been published for a few days now, so I'll go ahead and share this. http://www.lulu.com/product/item/notes-on-early-mesozoic-theropods/11028233


Summary: Notes on Early Mesozoic Theropods contains two papers on the poorly studied late Triassic and early Jurassic theropod dinosaur fauna of North America. The author discusses the evidence that has been used to support cannibalism hypothesis in the late Triassic dinosaur Coelophysis, and presents new evidence that disproves this commonly cited hypothesis. In the second paper, the author names a new genus and species of theropod dinosaur from the early Jurassic Kayenta Formation of Arizona. The new taxon represents the oldest yet-known example of a Tetanuran theropod in North America. For those interested in the paleontological history of the American southwest or the early evolutionary history of this interesting clade of dinosaurs, Notes on Early Mesozoic Theropods adds more information to the emerging picture of life in the southwest over 190 million years ago. The new theropod is named _Kayentavenator elysiae_. _________________________________________________________________
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