Message 2004-10-0138: Re: Internet Citation Concerns

Mon, 20 Sep 2004 09:30:30 -0400

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Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 09:30:30 -0400
From: [unknown]
To: Mike Taylor <>
Subject: Re: Internet Citation Concerns


Thanks for your comments and suggestions.  The ISPN will have a=20
Publicity Committee, which should be established by January 1.=20
According to the ISPN bylaws, this committee will be chaired by a=
Webmaster and have two additional members.  The Publicity Committee=
will oversee the development and content of the website.  The issues=
you bring up here should be considered by that committee once it is=

I don't anticipate the website remaining at Ohio University.  I=20
arranged for it to be hosted here and have served as its webmaster=
because there was a need to make the first draft of the PhyloCode=
publicly available, but I have been hindered by my own lack of=20
knowledge about internet technology.  (My son, who was 18 at the=20
time, helped design the site, which I could not have done otherwise.)=
It is high time that someone more computer-savvy than I took over the=
role of webmaster, and I will be relieved to transfer responsibility=
for the web site to the Publicity Committee.

Sometime in the relatively near future, the President of the ISPN=
(Kevin) will solicit nominations for membership on the Publicity=20
Committee, including webmaster.  If you are interested in being=20
nominated, let me know.  You would have to be a member of the ISPN to=
serve on a committee.  The Council will, I hope, soon make a decision=
on the fee structure so that people who did not attend the Paris=20
meeting may join.


>  > Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2004 19:02:13 -0400
>  > From: Philip Cantino <>
>>>  Cantino, P. D., and de Queiroz, K. (2003). "PhyloCode: A
>>>  Phylogenetic Code of Biological Nomenclature (Version 2)."
>>>  Available On-Line (
>>  Yes, this is fine, except that the version that is now online is
>>  Version 2b and the year is 2004.  When citing electronic
>>  publications, it is probably best to say something like "most rec=
>>  revision June 17, 2004".
>For the purposes of citation stability, it is very desirable that ea=
>version ofd the PhyloCode should have its own persistent URL that do=
>not change when a newer version becomes available.  Then I can say
>that a name is created in accordance with version 2b which is
>available (and always will be) at
>I would like to see a recommendation that citations of the PhyloCode
>give the URL for the specific version that is used.
>I am pleased to see that the site does indeed have an archive of old=
>versions of the code:
>=09 [version 1, I guess?=
>but it would be good to see the naming convention made explicit, and
>to have a dedicated "older versions" page on the web-site.
>Finally, the URL
>currently redirects to
>which is helpful; but it would be better if the site actually lived =
>, so that more appropriate URLs such as
>worked as expected.  In the longer term, it doesn't seem appropriate
>that the PhyloCode should be tied to Ohio University.
>Hope these thoughts are helpful.
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