Publishing conventions re-bird names

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Subject: Publishing conventions re-bird names
From: (Andrew Taylor)
Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2008 15:42:59 +1100
I was recently corrected by a referee when I capitalized "Humpback Whale"
in a US/international journal submission.  The referee's view was that
bird common names could be capitalized because they were standardized,
other common names should not be.  I don't agree - I feel there are good
reason to capitalize all common names -  but assumed this was common
practice and used "humpback whale".  Of course, this issue doesn't arise
in a lot of scientific writing because scientifc names are used.


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