[Tdwg-guid] [Taxacom] Demise of Phyloinformatics journal

Weitzman, Anna WEITZMAN at si.edu
Fri Nov 24 17:51:50 CET 2006

I guess I should have worded my response more carefully.  It all appears to be available.  
However, I was able to download Rich's Taxonomer paper from two different versions of the archived site (the archive from the final version http://web.archive.org/web/20060503102100/www.phyloinformatics.org/archive.php and May 14, 2004).  Sereno et al. does appear to have disappeared as it is not available from either http://web.archive.org/web/20060503102100/www.phyloinformatics.org/archive.php or http://web.archive.org/web/20051225220305/http://www.phyloinformatics.org/, the only two pages that I could find that it was referred to.  I have only tested some of the other papers.
It is quite unfortunate that the Internet Archive seems to have lost the one pdf.  However, I don't think that the existence of Internet Archive should make us feel the slightest bit complacent about our own responsibility.  As the zoological code requires a printed copy be placed in 5 major repositories (a far too subjective directive in my opinion) for new taxa, so we should take the responsibility of making sure that ANY papers that we publish on-line are so deposited (preferably printed on acid-free paper rather than on standard paper) in at least our own institution (preferably several).  I suppose that will also mean that we need to pressure our librarians into accepting these "reprints" as real acquisitions, which some libraries, such as the Smithsonian do not.  I certainly will have that conversation with my Smithsonian colleagues.
In spite of all that, I do not for one moment believe that we should stop publishing in electronic journals.  The community needs to consider what WE must do to guarantee open access to all our publications, data, etc, in all forms and in perpetuity.
Anna L. Weitzman, PhD
Botanical and Biodiversity Informatics Research
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
weitzman at si.edu


From: Susan B. Farmer [mailto:sfarmer at goldsword.com]
Sent: Fri 24-Nov-06 11:23 AM
To: Weitzman, Anna
Cc: Paul Kirk; Thomas Lammers; Roderic Page; Taxacom; tdwg-guid at mailman.nhm.ku.edu; evoldir at evol.biology.mcmaster.ca; Dennis DeGreve
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] [Tdwg-guid] Demise of Phyloinformatics journal

Quoting "Weitzman, Anna" <WEITZMAN at si.edu>:

> All of Phyloinformatics is still available from the Internet  
> Archive.  See  
> http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.Phyloinformatics.org .
> I tested it out and downloaded one article as a full pdf.

They're not all there.  Paul Soreno's TaxonSearch paper isn't there, 
nor is Richard Pyle's Taxonomer paper.

I was able to retrieve everything else of interest on the "search 
archive" page.  It looks like there were only 8 papers ever on that 

Susan Farmer
sfarmer at goldsword.com
University of Tennessee
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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