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A dataset for examining trends in publication of new Australian insects


Mesibov, RE, A dataset for examining trends in publication of new Australian insects, Biodiversity Data Journal, 2, (1) Article e1160. ISSN 1314-2828 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3897/BDJ.2.e1160


Australian Faunal Directory data were used to create a new, publicly available dataset, nai50, which lists 18318 species and subspecies names for Australian insects described in the period 19612010, together with associated publishing data. The number of taxonomic publications introducing the new names varied little around a long-term average of 70 per year, with ca 420 new names published per year during the 30-year period 19812010. Within this stable pattern there were steady increases in multi-authored and 'Smith in Jones and Smith' names, and a decline in publication of names in entomology journals and books. For taxonomic works published in Australia, a publications peak around 1990 reflected increases in museum, scientific society and government agency publishing, but a subsequent decline is largely explained by a steep drop in the number of papers on insect taxonomy published by Australia's national science agency, CSIRO.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia, Insecta, taxonomy
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary biology
Research Field:Animal systematics and taxonomy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:Mesibov, RE (Dr Robert Mesibov)
ID Code:121413
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2017-09-28
Last Modified:2017-10-05
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