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Re: Publication Validity and Quality

On Sun, Jun 13, 2010 at 11:33 AM, Harris, Jerald <jharris@dixie.edu> wrote:
> * who should (or will) define what is and is not a "publication" for the 
> purposes of taxonomic validity? ÂThe ICZN? ÂThe PhyloCode? ÂA third, entirely 
> separate committee? ÂThe ICZN, as others have noted, is either wholly 
> intractable and stolid, or else it moves in a tectonic time frame and is 
> therefore useless in light of the rapid pace of technological change. I don't 
> know nearly enough about the PhyloCode to comment on its ability, but have to 
> wonder whether or not the idea of a publication is too different from its 
> primary mandate to need to fall under its purview. ÂA third organization -- 
> the International Commission on Publication Validation or somesuch...? ÂWho 
> would be on that commission -- taxonomists, obviously, but should publishers 
> have representation, too? ÂWho would choose these people? ÂOf course, even if 
> such a body existed and had a set of definition, how would it be enforced? Â
> Or labeled (e.g., a "stamp of approval")?

Well, the ISO already does this, issuing ISSN and ISBN numbers. So one
possibility would be to say it's a publication if it has an ISBN or
ISSN number, at least after a certain date.
T. Michael Keesey
Technical Consultant and Developer, Internet Technologies
Glendale, California