Several issues now confronting the zoological community make desirable the development of a 5th edition of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (Code) 1. Prime among them are electronic publication, registration of names, and typification of newly discovered rare and endangered species.
Production of the 4th edition of the Code involved extensive discussions in the zoological community, as documented in the Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature (52: 228-233, 294-302; 53: 6-17, 80-88, 235-237), but nonetheless it is not always clear why particular changes were made, and some aspects of the 4th edition have remained controversial or difficult to interpret.
The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature intends ICZNwiki to be a tool for developing the 5th edition of the Code, with several goals:
- to make the process more transparent, by allowing broader participation of members of the zoological community;
- to preserve a record of the deliberations leading to the text ultimately adopted;
- to develop more examples and explanatory sections, making the Code easier to use and understand.
Visit the ICZNWiki to see and contribute to the discussions.