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Impediments to taxonomy and users of taxonomy: accessibility and impact evaluation

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Abstract

There has been much discussion of the “taxonomic impediment”. This phrase confuses two kinds of impediment: an impediment to end users imposed by lack of reliable information; and impediments to taxonomy itself, which vary from insufficient funding to low citation rates of taxonomic monographs. In order to resolve both these types of impediment, taxonomy needs to be revitalized through funding and training taxonomists, as well as investing in taxonomic revisions and monographs rather than technological surrogates such as DNA barcoding.© The Willi Hennig Society 2011.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Evolution & Ecology Research Centre, School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2052 NSW, Australia 2: Museo Nacional Ciencias Naturales, c/José Gutiérrez Abascal 2, 28006 Madrid, Spain 3: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, International Institute for Species Exploration, Arizona State University, PO Box 876505, Tempe, AZ, USA

Publication date: October 1, 2011

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