[Taxacom] Amendment on Electronic Publication - proposal published today!

iczn-em iczn-em at nhm.ac.uk
Fri Oct 17 11:57:09 CDT 2008

Dear Zoologists and Taxonomists interested in nomenclature,

The ICZN rules governing availability of animal names require publication in
a durable medium.  To date, that has been interpreted as including paper and
'hard' digital media such as CD-ROMs, but this has become increasingly
problematic as electronic publication becomes more common.  To address this
issue the Commission is considering an amendment to the Code that will
permit electronic publication of new names and nomenclatural acts.  A draft
has been published today in ZooTaxa, and will be followed by publication in
other journals, including the Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature.  This
initiates a year-long period for community input, after which a final
amendment will be drafted and voted upon by the Commission.

The published draft may be downloaded from:
the ICZN website (www.iczn.org) or
the Zootaxa website http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/

The summary points are:
€ Electronic-only publications should be allowed, if mechanisms can be found
that give reasonable assurance of the long-term accessibility of the
information they contain.
€ Some method of registration should be part of the mechanism of allowing
electronic publication of names and nomenclatural acts.
€ Physical works that are not paper-based (e.g. CD-ROMs, DVDs) should be

We welcome your input on this important topic.

Best wishes,

Ellinor Michel

Dr Ellinor Michel

Executive Secretary
International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature
Natural History Museum, London SW7 5BD
+44 (0)207-942-5653  (alternative number -5516)
iczn-em at nhm.ac.uk


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