International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature

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Not to be confused with International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_sentence_0

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AbbreviationInternational Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_header_cell_0_0_0 ICZNInternational Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_cell_0_0_1
FormationInternational Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_header_cell_0_1_0 18 September 1895; 125 years ago (1895-09-18)International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_cell_0_1_1
TypeInternational Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_header_cell_0_2_0 International non-governmental organizationInternational Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_cell_0_2_1
LocationInternational Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_header_cell_0_3_0 International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_cell_0_3_1
Region servedInternational Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_header_cell_0_4_0 WorldwideInternational Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_cell_0_4_1
Official languageInternational Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_header_cell_0_5_0 English, FrenchInternational Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_cell_0_5_1
WebsiteInternational Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_header_cell_0_6_0 International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_cell_0_6_1

The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) is an organization dedicated to "achieving stability and sense in the scientific naming of animals". International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_sentence_1

Founded in 1895, it currently comprises 27 members from 19 countries, mainly practicing zoological taxonomists. International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_sentence_2

Organization International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_section_0

The ICZN is governed by the "Constitution of the ICZN", which is usually published together with the ICZN Code. International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_sentence_3

Members are elected by the Section of Zoological Nomenclature, established by the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS). International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_sentence_4

The regular term of service of a member of the Commission is 6 years. International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_sentence_5

Members can be re-elected up to a total of three full six-year terms in a row. International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_sentence_6

After 18 continuous years of elected service, a break of at least 3 years is prescribed before the member can stand again for election. International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_sentence_7

Activities International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_section_1

Since 2014, the work of the Commission is supported by a small secretariat based at the National University of Singapore, in Singapore. International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_sentence_8

Previously, the secretariat was based in London and funded by the International Trust for Zoological Nomenclature. International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_sentence_9

The Commission assists the zoological community "through generation and dissemination of information on the correct use of the scientific names of animals". International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_sentence_10

The ICZN publishes the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (usually referred to as "the Code" or "the ICZN Code"), a widely accepted convention containing the rules for the formal scientific naming of all organisms that are treated as animals. International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_sentence_11

New editions of the Code are elaborated by the Editorial Committee appointed by the Commission. International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_sentence_12

The 4th edition of the Code (1999) was edited by seven people. International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_sentence_13

The Commission also provides rulings on individual problems brought to its attention, as arbitration may be necessary in contentious cases, where strict adherence to the Code would interfere with stability of usage (e.g., see conserved name). International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_sentence_14

These rulings are published in the Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature. International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_sentence_15

Starting in 2017, the Bulletin became an online-only journal and joined BioOne, which hosts volumes 65 (2008) onwards of the Bulletin. International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_sentence_16

See also International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature_section_2

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