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Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature (2009) 66(4): 308-310.


Copyright 2009, International Trust for Zoological Nomenclature. Used by permission.


I fully support the establishment of taxonomic names in electronic-only publications and would like to make some recommendations based on my professional experience in archival sciences, as a Scholarly Communications Librarian. The proposed amendment to the Code needs only to be explicit in what is required of authors and publishers for electronic-only publication, and all contingencies can be covered. In this generation we have one foot in the world of paper and the other now firmly planted in the electronic realm. This special position will be relatively short-lived, and we would be doing a great service to our successors if we were to establish some viable guidelines for authoritative naming of taxonomic units early on in this transition to digital media. My recommendations are as follows...