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Re: Koreanosaurus (regarding PDFs instead of forelimbs)
> My question is: why do scientific papers use for-profit publishers
(such as Elsevier) AT ALL? Why not a nonprofit organization (Such do
exist - like PLOS - but why does the other kind exist *at all*, much
less be predominant)?
Happenstance of history.
There is no good reason.
If one doesn't require print copies
The ICZN requires a certain (though small) number of "identical and
durable copies", and the PhyloCode will require ink on paper. (Similar
things hold, IIRC, for the ICBN and the ICNB.) But of course few
scientific papers deal with nomenclature in the first place.