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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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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ZooBank access and emailing for an LSID

Access to the ZooBank website is down right now and is still being repaired. In the meantime, please send me the information needed for registration via email. Details on how to do so can be found here.

We anticipate restored access to ZooBank soon, and apologise for the inconvenience.

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ZooBank temporarily down

ZooBank is currently down because of technical difficulties. We hope to restore service shortly. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

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BZN 76: information updated on website

Mon, 2019-09-02 14:01 -- The second tranche of articles for BZN volume 76 was published on 30 August 2019. Information about Notices, Applications, Comments, Notes and Rulings of the Commission for volume 76 is now available from the website. We seek your patience as information from back issues and volumes are uploaded. Thank you very much.

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In memoriam: Pavel Štys (1933–2018) – Heteropterist and Commissioner

Fri, 2019-08-16 13:53 -- An obituary has been published for heteropterist and former Commissioner Pavel Štys (1933–2018) here. An announcement of his passing was published earlier this year in the Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature.


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Latest Pages Updated

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

About / Constitution and Bylaws - updated 2020-01-08 09:05 (GMT +8)