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Editorial commentary: Publishing in systematic entomology - present and future

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Systematic revisions are the landmarks of biodiversity research, each organizing all available information on a particular group of organisms and setting a new standard of reference for future work. Most revisions are published as monographs or articles in peer-reviewed journals like Insect Systematics and Evolution. There is little need for a “unitary taxonomy” for every group of organisms, centrally organized on the World Wide Web (= Internet). Nor are there any need for an entirely DNA-based taxonomy as recently proposed. Internet publishing will undoubtedly move forward in the future, but Internet journals should be organized in the same manner as printed journals. Current initiatives in gathering biodiversity information on the Internet require the assistance of practising taxonomists. In return, we must request increased funding of basic work in systematics, including training of the new generations.


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