How can I help improve the practice of good scientific nomenclature?

Participate in discussions of issues in nomenclature online, especially on Taxacom and the ICZN listserver.

Are you a biologist? It is also a benefit to the taxonomic community and the future stability of scientific names of organisms if you can include a section on nomenclature in your teaching. We are building up a set of teaching tools which you are welcome to use, and welcome to provide further contributions.

Are you an editor for a biological journal? Ensure the rules of nomenclature are followed by your contributing authors. If you have questions, contact the ICZN Secretariat (iczn (at) or post a question on the taxonomy and nomenclature listservers.

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