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Re: New publication: Notes on Early Mesozoic Theropods by Robert Gay
PLOS One and Lulu press are not comparable publication venues and their
publication philosophies are quite different, as evidence by reading
what Lulu says about itself at its site.
From Gay 2010:
"My decision to publish in this venue has also been influenced by the
thoughts of Andy Farke and others involved in "open source"
paleontology. When one submits a paper to a journal, the author gives
up their claim to copyright on the material while the journal
publisher makes money on publication and distribution. While profit is
not my motive, the distribution of knowledge is, I do however wish to
retain my copyright on my work."
On 6/6/10 00:38, Tim Williams wrote:
My previous post was chewed up by the [SNIP] demon... here is the
"However, returning to Kayentavenator, if somebody attaches a
different name to the same type specimen, and Rob Gay asserts his
name to be valid, then it will be an issue for the ICZN to decide.
Until then, it will be up to paleontologists to decide for themselves
whether or not to acknowledge Kayentavenator as a valid genus. As
Dan puts it: "If Lulu Press is a valid outlet for nomenclatorial
acts, then our lives have become immensely simpler." I agree with
Dan that it's perplexing that the description was not simply
re-submitted to a scientific journal, which would make Kayentavenator
iron-clad from a nomenclatural perspective. This "self-publication"
route is a can of worms. In a perfect world, the ICZN would shut
down this loop-hole entirely."