"I have got a Jurassic / Cretaceous coral collection (or just some samples) ...
...and I would like to get it published with you."
Great. Of course we can do this. I just ask you to take some points into account. Please lookup the following checklist.
- Please do never ever send any material without contacting me beforehand. I will provide a valid address. I am travelling a lot and often it is easier for me to pick up the samples somewhere. Do not send any sample to Mexico. This causes only trouble with the custom. There is a official way to import fossils but I have to initiate it from here.
- Please do not send "bulk" samples, e.g. uncleaned, unprepared samples, or just rock samples (where I have to search for the corals).
- Please do not send e-mails bigger than 4 MB with scanned thin sections, and not more than five within 24 hours to my gmx account. Scanned thin sections are generally very welcome. Please do not forget to include a scale or indicate the resolution of the scan. It does not make much sense to send pictures of complete uncut coral colonies. They cannot be identified.
- When sending samples or thin sections to abroad, in no case declare the samples as "corals" or "fossil corals"; please declare them always as "rock samples".
- I prefer to work with Mid to Late Jurassic and Cretaceous corals. I am not a specialist of Triassic to Early Jurassic as well as Tertiary to Extant corals. Paleogene is negotiable. My knowledge is poor concerning small solitary deep water corals (but I am improving).
- Samples should be thin sectionned. First, this gives you a good idea whether the material is well enough preserved to get it published. Second, the capacity of our lab is limited. Colleagues who send well preserved, well oriented (transversal, longitudinal) thin sections are served first.
- Samples and thin sections must have numbers of a public collection (museum, institute). No field numbers any more. No exceptions. I do not start to work if there are no numbers and/or depository place available.
- Geographical and geological data should be available.
- Stratigraphy should be as precise as possible. At least sub stages.
- If I decide that the material is appropriate for publishing, I will wait for the introducing part on the geology, lithology, stratigraphy etc. In the past I received several times many samples or thin sections, which I examined and for which I wrote my text - but then I had to wait months, even years for the completing text by the other author(s). There are also cases, co-authors never ever came back to the project.
- Joint field work is very welcome but will be difficult since my university administration increased the activities to limit and control our research if beyond the city limits of Hermosillo. Any publication or written report on the outcrop area is welcome beforehand. I spent too much time and money to visit waste places without any fossil just because the person who "invited" me was thinking that the place might be full of holotypes.
- I receive frequently requests like Can you determine the corals - we are writing a paper together. I cannot do all this work. Sometimes I might say, OK, let's have a look, and then I put it on the waiting list. First in, first out doesn't work so well: well prepared projects (sending scans or thin sections, having a journal in mind, having an idea about the paper) are first served. New and uncommon material is served before ordinary faunas. If I invest time, I have to be sure that there will be a result. For that I am paid by my university. I can try to hand over faunas to students. I hope for your understanding.
- I do not claim to be the first author of a joint paper if the main focus of the paper is palaeoecology or facies. Systematic parts can be extended or kept short, depending on your needs. Faunal lists, short taxonomic parts are served before more elaborated contributions that focus on taxonomy (and were I claim to be the first author).
[10 October 2015]