Linnaeus meets the Internet

Test case for electronic publication of new species names breaks with over 200 years of history. Botany may finally be entering the electronic age, as four plants become a test case for naming species in purely electronic journals. Their description in an online-only journal highlights the issues facing biologists as they attempt to reform the conventions that govern the naming of species, balancing issues including peer review, archiving and electronic publication. Paper publication has been the gold standard since Carl Linnaeus gave birth to modern taxonomy in the eighteenth century.

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