Aim: The main aim of the Trust is to provide a secure funding base to ensure the continued work of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN).
ITZN was established under U.K. charity law in 1947 as a mechanism for the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) to accumulate money to fund its London based secretariat. This was necessary as ICZN was not an incorporated body in the U.K. and could not, for example, run its own bank accounts. For many years income derived from ICZN’s publications, the Code and this Bulletin, generated sufficient surplus to fund the secretariat. Over the past twenty years this position altered markedly, such that charitable donations were necessary to subsidise the necessary activities.
Last year the Trustees of ITZN recognised that the current business model was unsustainable and that, as a result, the ITZN should be wound up. Concurrently ICZN Commissioners met in Singapore to discuss a new vision for ICZN and what it should become in a digital world. The winding up of ITZN will take place during 2014. In order to ensure the ongoing viability of this Bulletin the Natural History Museum, London has stepped in to provide support for the essential work that goes into editing Cases and publishing the Bulletin for the next two years, by which time a new process for considering and publishing cases will have been put in place by the Commission.
Subscribers and authors of cases should notice effectively no change in the meantime.
Costs:4th Edition: £30 / €40 / $50 (For Airmail delivery outside Europe please add £10/$15.)
Ordering: Copies may be ordered from either:
Natural History Museum
London SW7 5BD
tel.: +44(0)20 7942 5653
During their meeting held in Cape Town from 10 to 13 October, the IUBS approved the following resolution on the ICZN Proposed Amendment on Electronic Publication:
On or after a future date to be determined (Div. III.4) a name of a new taxon of the rank of genus or below, in order to be established, must be accompanied by the designation of its type (see Art. 14–17). Designation of the type must include one of the words “holotype” (holotypus) or “type” (typus), or the corresponding abbreviation, and, unless the type is a published illustration, a specification of the institution or collection in which it is conserved.
Art. 8.3 notwithstanding, names of infrafamilial, infrageneric, or infraspecific taxa established under the botanical Code can serve as basionyms or replaced names for new combinations or replacement names in the ranks of family-group, genus-group, or species-group, respectively, and vice versa (see also Art. 6).
The basionym or replaced name may be of a different rank from the new combination or replacement name, but only within a single rank group (as defined in Art. 3.3).
In order to be direct and unambiguous, a bibliographic reference must include the page or plate reference (where applicable) and year (in so far as known); for publications with a consecutive pagination, the page reference is a reference to the page or pages on which the basionym was published or on which the protologue is printed, but not to the pagination of the whole publication unless it is coextensive with that of the protologue.