[PhyloCode] PhyloCode and Companion Volume Progress Report

Kim van der Linde kim at kimvdlinde.com
Thu Sep 8 17:37:39 EDT 2011


I think this is wonderful news! And I am glad that I am not holing 
anything up with my somewhat slow turnaround times..... ;-)

Kim

On 9/7/2011 7:44 PM, de Queiroz, Kevin wrote:
> Actually, that's just the first paragraph.  It wasn't intended to be
> a summary (though I suppose that it could pass for one).  Please read
> the rest of the report, which is only 3 additional paragraphs and
> copied in full below for your convenience:
>
> The Companion Volume will serve both as a starting point for
> phylogenetic nomenclature as governed by the PhyloCode and as a set
> of examples for others who would like to adopt the approach. It is a
> large and complex project, with scores of contributors and hundreds
> of contributions. The volume is progressing more slowly than people
> (particularly the authors and editors) had hoped; nevertheless,
> significant progress has been made.
>
> As of September 2011, 228 contributions have been received, each
> dealing with a particular name/clade combination. Of those 228
> contributions, 169 (74%) have been reviewed (= at least two reviews
> have been received for all of these contributions), and 10 (04%) have
> been accepted (= approved by all three editors). Note that the second
> category (reviewed) is highly heterogeneous and includes everything
> from contributions for which we have received reviews but done no
> further processing to those that, in addition to having been
> reviewed, have been returned to the authors, revised, resubmitted,
> and approved by one or two of the editors. To provide a bit more
> information, roughly 80 (47%) of the 169 contributions that have been
> reviewed have been approved by at least one of the editors, and
> roughly 60 (36%) have been approved by two of the three editors (=
> require approval by only one additional editor before they are
> considered accepted).
>
> On a related note, several people have reported that they have heard
> others say that the Companion Volume and/or the PhyloCode is/are
> dead. Perhaps this is wishful thinking on the part of our detractors;
> in any case, nothing could be further from the truth. The PhyloCode
> itself has been accepted for publication. The only reason that it is
> not already published is that we have deliberately delayed
> publication until the Companion Volume is completed. As noted above,
> considerable progress has been made on the Companion Volume, though
> more work remains. Perhaps the doubters have formed their opinions
> based on a perception of inactivity, given that the ISPN has not met
> for several years and neither the PhyloCode nor the Companion Volume
> has been published. If so, that perception would be erroneous.
> Despite the lack of publicly visible activity, a tremendous amount of
> work has been going on behind the scenes on the parts of authors,
> reviewers, and editors.
>
> Nevertheless, the project is large and difficult to manage. Some
> authors seem to be hedging their bets by waiting to see if the volume
> is really going to be completed before sending in their own
> contributions or revisions. If everyone were to adopt this attitude,
> progress would quickly come to a halt. I have presented information
> above that I hope will assure authors that progress is being made and
> that the volume will be published. However, one of the most difficult
> tasks for the editors is having to remind authors and reviewers,
> often repeatedly, to turn in their contributions, reviews, and
> revised manuscripts. If authors want to help the project move
> forward, it would be a great help to the editors if you would submit
> your revised manuscripts promptly, and to have patience if we don't
> turn things around as quickly as you do. Thank you.
>
> Kevin de Queiroz Co-Editor, PhyloCode Companion Volume 6 September
> 2011
>
>
> On 9/7/11 5:58 PM, "T. Michael Keesey"<keesey at gmail.com>  wrote:
>
> A progress report has been posted to the ISPN website:
> http://phylonames.org/pdf/Companion_vol_progress.pdf
>
> SUMMARY: The Companion Volume will serve both as a starting point
> for phylogenetic nomenclature as governed by the PhyloCode and as a
> set of examples for others who would like to adopt the approach. It
> is a large and complex project, with scores of contributors and
> hundreds of contributions. The volume is progressing more slowly than
> people (particularly the authors and editors) had hoped;
> nevertheless, significant progress has been made.
>
> -- T. Michael Keesey http://tmkeesey.net/
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