For "pure" academics, peer review is still essential I expect - but there is considerable precedence now for "simple" publication of work by amateur botanists on new species. These are as valuable to those growing plants and wanting to understand more about them as articles in learned journals and certainly a good deal more accessible to a wider audience. I am thinking of species published in the AGS bulletin, for instance and recently in IRG. An overly academic approach to this might deliver an insurmountable obstacle to the easy transfer and sharing of information - something I think would be a great shame. M Y.