Draft BioCode (1997) - URLs etc.

John McNeill johnm at ROM.ON.CA
Wed Mar 4 12:31:42 CST 1998

As most of you will know, a Draft BioCode was prepared by an
International Committee on Bionomenclature (ICB) established
under the auspices of the International Union of Biological
Sciences (IUBS) and the International Union of Microbiological
Societies (IAMS).  The members of the IBC were designated by the
governing bodies of the five existing Codes of biological
nomenclature (for bacteriology, botany, cultivated plants,
viruses and zoology).  The "Third Draft" was published in 1996 by
IUBS (Paris. 42pp) and was reprinted in Taxon (45: 349-372), the
Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature (53: 148-166), and posted on
the ROM Web page (see below). It was even translated into Russian
(Authorized translation into Russian by T.V. Egorova & M.V.
Agababian. 1997. V.L. Komarov Botanical Institute, St.
Petersburg. 52 pp.)

In the light of comments from the scientific community, the ICB
revised the Draft BioCode and this was completed for submission
to the 26th General Assembly of IUBS in Taipei, in November 1997.
This was posted on the Web in December 1997 (see below) along
with other relevant background information.  It has also been
published in hardcopy in the February 1998 issue of Taxon (47:
127-150).  A summary of the changes and of some of its history
appear in a paper by D.L. Hawksworth & J. McNeill in the same
issue of Taxon (47: 123-126); this information is also available
on the Web as indicated below.

There are six separate files on the Web that are relevant to the
Draft BioCode (1997), and, although these are all hot-linked, the
details of each are as follows:

Introduction to the Draft BioCode 1997 : this describes the
     changes from the "Third Draft":

General Introduction to the Draft BioCode : the original
     introduction to the "Third Draft" still necessary for
     general background and justification:

Draft BioCode 1997: the prospective international rules for the
     scientific names of organisms  : the revised BioCode:

Table of Equivalence of Nomenclatural Terms Used in the Draft
     BioCode : the Table in the Draft BioCode (1997) summarising
     the common terminology now recommended for adoption by
     existing Codes: http://www.rom.on.ca/ebuff/biotable1997.html

Subject Index to the Draft BioCode 1997 : new to the 1997 draft
     is this index: http://www.rom.on.ca/ebuff/bioindex1997.html

The International Committee on Bionomenclature (ICB) : a brief
     account of the origin of the ICB and its current composition
     : http://www.rom.on.ca/ebuff/bioicb1997.html

Draft BioCode: the prospective international rules for the
     scientific names of organisms : the previous "Third Draft",
     retained because of established electronic links, and for
     those who wish to make comparisons :

      John McNeill, Director Emeritus, Royal Ontario Museum,
      100 Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2C6, Canada.
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