Fourth Edition of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature

The Fourth Edition of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature is available online.

”The process of drafting the 5th Edition Code has already started, with several aspects of the current edition in need of clarification or alteration. As with previous editions, extensive discussion with the Code's users is essential, but the completion of a 5th edition is targeted for 2008.” (ICZN, 2005)

Under consideration is the establishment of an Official Registry of Zoological Names, to wit: “A proposal for the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) to establish ZooBank, an open-access, mandatory registration system for descriptions of all new taxa and nomenclatural acts in animal taxonomy was published recently (Polaszek et al., 2005) in pdf. That paper is effectively an argument for the establishment of a registration system, proposed by 29 currently active zoologists from a variety of backgrounds.” (ICZN, 2005)

”We appeal to all biologists whose work depends on taxonomy to throw their weight behind this initiative. ” (Polaszek et al, 2005)

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith