I, for one, am more than ready. In fact, I have been considering
publishing material of a bibliographic nature in CD-ROM format for some
time now. However, I would draw your attention to the experience of the
publishers of "Wildlife Disease" in microcard format. Evidently, there
is still some problems with the International Congress of Zoological
Nomenclature insistence on considering taxonomic units as only valid if
published in paper format. I have not been able to follow this up, but
would be interested in learning if there are any changes being proposed
in the light of, as you say, the availability of new media for
publication purposes. I, for one, am concerned about the increasing
page charges costs and time delays in publishing in paper format!
"Dr. Peter W. Pappas" wrote:
>> With all due respect to journal editors and publishers, I am growing
> frustrated with the amount of time and effort it takes to get papers
> published. Manuscripts must be typed, mailed, sent out to referees,
> reviewed, sent back to editors, mailed back to authors, revised (almost
> always), resubmitted, reviewed again (possibly), accepted (hopefully), sent
> to the printer, published, and finally mailed to subscribers and libraries.
> The internet has provided us with a wonderful opportunity to reduce
> significantly the amount of time and effort needed to publish papers,
> without jeopardizing "quality," and I think that we as parasitologists and
> biologists should take advantage of this medium.
>> Thus, I think it's time for a new parasitology journal, one that is
> published exclusively on the internet. All of the journal's business,
> including submissions, reviews, and publication, would be handled
> electronically, and the publication would be available freely to anyone with
> access to the internet.
>> Assuming that all the logistics could be worked out, how do readers of this
> NG feel about this? Do you think that we are ready for such a journal?
> Dr. Peter W. Pappas
> Professor, Department of EEOB
> The Ohio State University
> 1735 Neil Avenue
> Columbus, OH 43210
> Phone 614-292-2746
> FAX 614-292-2030
>pappas.3 at osu.edu