Taxonomy in changing world - The ends and the means (comments to Agnarsson & Kuntner, 2007)

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That taxonomy is in a very deep crisis is evident to anybody having something to do with this discipline: both the symptoms and the final diagnosis have been well known and widely disputed, and Agnarsson & Kuntner (2007) aptly identify [some of] them: “taxonomic experience is rarely required, or even relevant, when it comes to securing a job” “most top-ranking ... journals do not consider taxonomic revisions, and only allow species descriptions in exceptional cases of certain high-profile fossils and mammals”, “some lower ranking journals reject taxonomic descriptions unless in a paper on a broader subject”, “journals focusing on taxonomy typically have low measured impact ... [because] taxonomic descriptions are – not necessarily by fact ...,

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Author(s) : Holynski, R. B.
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Published Issue : 2008 Vol. 3 Number 2

2008 Vol. 3 Number 2