International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature

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CaptureThe International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) acts as adviser and arbiter for the zoological community by generating and disseminating information on the correct use of the scientific names of animals. The ICZN is responsible for producing the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature - a set of rules for the naming of animals and the resolution of nomenclatural problems.

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Commissioner nominations open

Tue, 2020-03-03 14:16 -- Nominations requested for five new Commissioners for the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature

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SYNTHESYS+ virtual workshop: Advancing the Catalogue of the World's Natural History Collections

Tue, 2020-03-03 12:00 -- Join the upcoming @SynthesysEU virtual workshop and international consultation aimed at advancing the catalogue of the world's natural history collections:

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Case templates added

Thu, 2020-02-20 15:22 -- New templates for applications to the Commission have been added. Authors who would like to submit an application to the Commission but are unsure about the format and relevant Articles of the Code may refer here for assistance. 

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Approval of proposed changes to ICZN Bylaws

Mon, 2020-01-06 14:41 -- A vote to confirm the ICZN Bylaws as proposed during the ICZN Special Session in Singapore (June 2019) was approved, and is available for download here. Some Articles in the Bylaws will not come into effect until, and if, proposed changes to the ICZN Constitution are accepted. A detailed announcement will be published in the next issue of BZN later this year.


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Latest Pages Updated

About / Nominations for new Commissioners - updated 2020-03-03 14:16 (GMT +8)

Instructions for Authors / Guidelines for Case preparation - updated 2020-02-20 15:22 (GMT +8)