For lo, it did come upon this day that the ICZN did look upon electronic-only publication, and say that it was good. Provided that it met the following requirements:
(1) the published work must be registered with ZooBank prior to publication, with provision in the ZooBank record of a permanent archive in which the the published work will be held,
(2) the published work must include evidence of registration, such as the ZooBank registration number, and
(3) the published work must be associated with either an ISSN or ISBN number, so it must be a formal 'book' or 'journal'.
Reconstruction of the dinosaur Aerosteon riocoloradensis, from here. This species was published in electronic-only format in September 2008; it was nearly six months before anyone noticed that this was a problem. Since the ICZN appr... Read Post
The other day, Rob Taylor of the DML was asking about the status of electronic and Advance Online publications in the eyes of the ICZN - do they count as officially published? You can read my response to him here (unfortunately, the... Read Post
Does anyone reading this have experience with registering publications, etc. on ZooBank? Can you clarify how the process works? In the comments for yesterday's post, two readers brought up a potential issue with ZooBank's records. A... Read Post