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Table 2 Hopes and fears regarding e-publication, expressed in the discussions at the XVIII IBC, Melbourne 2011

From: Impact of e-publication changes in the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi and plants (Melbourne Code, 2012) - did we need to “run for our lives”?

Hopes   Fears  
Rapidity speed up publication process; biodiversity description becomes faster Avalanche of sloppy nomenclature, leading to bad taxonomy many new journals, little quality control
Accessibility increase connectivity worldwide Accessibility lack of connectivity in the developing world; potential disenfranchisement
Inclusivity more people in involved in description of biodiversity Date of publication difficulties in applying the principle of priority
Modernity part of normal publication; improve the visibility and opinion of taxonomy Archiving lack of permanency; ephemeral nature of the electronic environment