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Re: Colour Pictures in Aroidiana

Ho to all,
I know that the publication with color picture is more expansive then b&w but fortunately there are many other solution as PDF files and so on 
I think that IAS can ask to subscribers if are interested to switch to color publication in electronic format, I think that all have a computer at work or at home.
There are many way to protect the publication, as to avoid illegal copy and deny the printing option.
Using electronic publication IAS can have less expensive work and capability to manage more article or use more money for research, and finally publish the Wilbert's book on Amorphophallus.

Best regards 

Marco Motta

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Marco Motta

Il giorno 18/nov/2011, alle ore 21:28, Christopher Rogers <branchiopod@gmail.com> ha scritto:

Speaking as an an editor of an international scientific journal and guest editor for another, I can answer that question (Derek, I hope you do not mind my jumping in here . . .). Colour is very nice, very pretty, but has drawbacks. There are actually a couple of reasons:
1) Cost. In the journals where I publish my research, black and white images are free for the author to publish. Colour plates usually run $300USD each. Do we pass that cost on to the authors? Well, yes, and Aroidiana does just that. If you want to publish a colour picture, you must bear the cost. If we require that all photograph submissions are in colour, do we increase the cost of the journal? Will we lose subscriptions? If the cost goes to the authors, will they then publish elsewhere, where the costs are lower? By making this a requirement, we could harm the journal and the IAS. And Aroidiana does publish colour on occasion (see volume 34) when the authors will pay for it.
2) Detail. When preparing a scientific account, such as a species description, black & white photographs are often superior for the simple reason that in a black and white image more detail is apparent. This is why some famous photographers (such as Ansel Adams) chose to use black & white film. Obviously, this is not a concern on our articles that are not of a specifically taxonomic nature.
I hope that this is helpful. The role of the editor is not always obvious or transparent to the readers.
Happy days,

On Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 12:19 AM, E.Vincent Morano <ironious2@yahoo.com> wrote:
I sure hope Aroideana starts using color images. The 60's are long gone as should be black and whit photos with them. Ugh they are so ugly I mean, we are entering the second year of the second decade of the new millennium, we should have nothing but hi definition color images now! Maybe even a few holograms haha.
But seriously, my first book of Aroideana #34 was such a disappointment. Why would anyone use black and white film in this day and age? beyond that why would anyone even use film? Digital media is far superior. Aroideana could be very enjoyable if it wasnt for the black and whit images.

From: Wilbert Hetterscheid <hetter@xs4all.nl>
To: 'Discussion of aroids' <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 11:29 AM
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Amorphophallus ID please. new species?

This is a new species close to polyanthus. Will be published in next Aroideana is the plan.

Van: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com] Namens E.Vincent Morano
Verzonden: woensdag 16 november 2011 3:04
Aan: Discussion of aroids
Onderwerp: [Aroid-l] Amorphophallus ID please. new species?

This was found at UBONRATCHATHANI province near Laos Can anyone ID it?

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