• Databases (e.g. gene sequences)
  • Science
    • Technical articles
    • Revisions
    • monographs
    • phylogenetic hypotheses
  • Floras, faunas
  • Interactive keys (CDROM, on-line)
  • Web services to remote databases
  • Review process


  • Monographs, papers, keys, gene sequences
  • On-line


  • Web page content
  • Database applications
  • Web services
  • Papers, books, CDs


Tasks which take time (EDIT 5.2.21)
  • Preparation of Illustrations
  • Preparation of Plates
  • Literature searches


  • Manuscripts
    • MS word
    • LaTeX?
  • Image processing
    • GIMP
    • NIH Image
    • Adobe Illustrator
    • Adobe Photoshop
  • Illustration / Plates
    • Adobe Illustrator
    • Adobe Photoshop
    • Coral Draw
  • Geographical
    • ESRI
  • Bibliographic,
    • Endnote/ bibtex / refer
    • online databases
  • Specimen access


Preliminary consultation with Helen Thompson (Flora of Australia On-line).

Other Information

(yet to include/process)


from a post to taxacom
"So how long does one typically spend reviewing a paper that revises a genus and describes 10 new species? I'm sure the answer is "it
depends." But I am interested in hearing about your average commitment or range of time committed) in this area. E.g., is this step
inhibiting the broad discovery of biodiversity? From my own experience the review process can take from one week to three months, and then it takes another 4-52 weeks for those species be become valid through publication. But what if we could streamline this process somehow...any thoughts?

All the best,

Publication/Communication Strategies - paper & online

to reduce the time spent
  • reviewing descriptions
  • taxa
  • taxanomic Concepts

Collaborative tools
  • Wiki (presently being deployed) ... best for collaborative free form authorship. Typically open access. but can be accessed controlled.
  • access controlled forums
  • open forums
  • means for collecting information from outside the taxanomic community (ecologists para taxonomists)
  • means for collecting information from outside the taxanomic community ( enthusiasts - the RAOU/Birds Australia model)

Online Publishing Tools in Place. (linkages to current processes & systems; strengths; where there is work yet to do)
  • AVH?
  • .... more

Other Online Publishing Tools. (Cons; Pros; costs of ignoring; building linkages to current systems)


How do we tell the AFD that we've changed a name? Does the AFD read all the journals and move the names about accordingly and we get this in our next update of the AFD? My impression from talking to Alice Wells at ABRS is that there does not seem to be a failsafe method of informing the AFD of suitable name changes.

-- MargaretC - 06 Jul 2008

from Zen Faulkes

Tools of the trade

In my job as a professional science writer, I use no less than eight different software packages to get the job done. And that number is tending to go up, not down.

On the writing side, I use word processor, obviously. I'm using Microsoft Word for most of my work, but lately I've started using Google Docs when I have to collaborate with students.

A word processor alone doesn't help much with the task of references, though, so software package number 2 is a specialized reference manager; I'm currently using EndNote?.

Now that I have the words under control, I need to deal with numbers. Microsoft Excel is great for data entry and simple manipulation, but again, I'm moving towards Google Docs for certain tasks. But Excel can't do the sort of high end analysis that I need as a scientist. So I have a statistics package (currently SPSS), and scientific graphing software (currently Origin), bringing the total to five.

I find I also need two kinds of graphics software: one for vector based images, and one for a pixel based images. I've been using Corel Draw since version 3, so I'm going to continue to use it for as long as I can for the vector images. Luckily, the package also includes Corel Photo-Paint for the pixel images.

I could, strictly speaking, stop there. But I consider posters a sort of manuscript, and I could use my graphics packages for making posters -- and have done so in the past. But I've found a simple desktop publishing program can actually be faster and easier. Microsoft Publisher is little known but very useful in this regard.

And that's what I use just for mastering my manuscripts, never mind presentations or websites or other odds and ends

-- GarryJolleyRogers - 27 Aug 2008


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