Tuesday, February 28, 2012

e-publications and ICZN: this time Psyche

Psyche is another fantastic example of two issues relating to e-publication and the Code: The delay in handling the issue of e-publishing, and the deposition of hard copies.

Psyche, the journal of the Cambridge Entomological Club based at Harvard has been converted in an open access journal run by Hindawi publishers. Recently, they published a special edition “Advances in Neotropical Myrmecology” including the description of new species. Since this is normally an e-only publication, they followed the Code and at the very end, in the acknowledgement mentioned that they deposited hard copies (see eg the Tatuidris paper).

“In accordance with Section 8.6 of the ICZN’s International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, printed copies of the edition of Psyche containing this article are deposited at the following six publicly accessible libraries: Green Library (Stanford University),Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Library—ECORC (Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada), Library—Bibliotheek (Royal Belgium Institute of Natural Sciences), Koebenhavns Universitetsbibliotek, University of Hawaii Library”

This is in several ways remarkable.
1. Psyche is published from within the MCZ and Harvard. No copy has been deposited at Harvard.
2. All the libraries have nothing at all to do with the myrmecological world.
3. The citation is somewhat unlike something printed: Psyche, Volume 2012, Article ID 926089, 6 pages
doi:10.1155/2012/926089, but one could use it as Psyche 2012 (926089): 1-6
4. The indication that hard copies have been deposited has been hidden at the very unusual place, the acknowledgments at the end of the article.

The remarkable point here is, that this is not an obscure renegade journal, but a very successful OA publisher, a very old journal and from within the hear of taxonomy. Or have the centers of gravity shifted?

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