Dear Scarab Workers,
Regarding: Scarabs occasional newsletter (Dec. 1990 until … ?) Print ISSN 1937-8343 Online ISSN 1937-8351
I have not published in Scarabs, but have definitely found it full of interesting information relating to scarab beetles and those that work on them!
Firstly, many thanks to those that started this newsletter, ran it for so many years, and for all the time and effort that they put into its compilation and on-line distribution!
Secondly, I am aware of the relatively recent “debate, discussion, controversy” with respect to the Scarabs newsletter! However, let us not throw the baby out with the bathwater here! Which is what seems to have been the outcome … if “discontinuation” can be seen as a solution …? Personally, I see it still having huge value for Scarabiologists World Wide, and a really useful forum for information, news, history, etc. relating to our passion for the collection, preservation, photography, etc. of scarab beetles!
Just as with any society, journal, newsletter, etc. my suggestion would be to keep the Scarabs occasional newsletter running, but with a new editorial committee, new blood, perhaps some young and energetic scarab blood (I should probably be writing dung, mud, humus, flowers and keratin here, not blood!). Thus, any other votes to continue with it?, and volunteers to represent one of the World’s Geographical Regions on its new editorial panel? I will put “my pins where my beetles are” and raise my hand to represent “Scarab interests for Africa / southern Africa” on its new editorial committee!
Let’s apply a bit of basic, dung beetle perseverance here, rather than just rolling over and playing possum!
James du G. Harrison (Zoological Curator & Lecturer) Ph.D.
Wits Life Sciences Museum (WLSM)
School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences (AP&ES)
University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag 3, WITS 2050, South Africa
Tel +27(0)11-717-6464 Fax +27(0)11-717-6494
Thank you for your reply Mikhail!
Is anyone else aware of some publication fit to publish trap designs and short ecological and/or distributional notes, especially with regards to scarabs?
On Sunday, 6 October 2019, 05:46:55 GMT-3, Mikhail F. Bagaturov <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
In herpetological area there is a journal «Herpetology Notes» which publishes as full articles as well as a short notes and communications.
But I’m aware of any such this in Entomology.
Воскресенье, 6 октября 2019, 5:12 +03:00 от Auke Hielkema <[log in to unmask]>:
I was informed by Barney Streit that the Scarabs newsletter will no longer appear, as the place of newsletters has now been taken over by web pages and emails. However, I consider the latter media to be rather ephemeral: you can hardly refer to an email or blog post as the source of information as they are either inaccessible to the public or may disappear at any time. Newsletters, which are widely distributed as pdfs and easily copied, are in my opinion still quite valid (although less solid sources than actual journals or books).
Given that I've written a couple of short informal articles on scarabs and scarab collecting, which contain as yet unpublished information regarding species' occurrence and equipment design, I would like to know where I would best publish these articles. The Scarabs newsletter seemed ideal to me. Could you please give me some recommendations?
All the best, Dr. Mikhail F. Bagaturov
IUCN/SSC Amphibian SG and Conservation Planning SG, IPBES
Zoological Institute RAS, St. Petersburg, Russia/ Insect Taxo Lab.,
Academic Member of Athens Institute For Education & Research (http://atiner.gr)
Author of Theraphosids of the World: http://tarantulas.su/
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