Note that the registration of works published on paper is proposed to
be _voluntary_, whereas electronic will be compulsory registration. In
consequence Zoobank (aka the Official Register Of Zoological
Nomenclature) will not produce the cumulative complete index of all
valid new names that one would have thought would have been the great
benefit of a registration system.
ICZN. (2008). Proposed amendment of the International Code of
Zoological Nomenclature to expand and refine methods of publication.
Zootaxa 1908: 57–67.
Open access at: http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/index.html
"The Commissioners voted to start the process required to amend the
International Code of Zoological Nomenclature to allow electronic
publication of new scientific names and other nomenclatural acts. A
summary of the draft amendment was presented at the ICZ on August 27,
during the Systema Naturae 250 symposium. The draft amendment was then
refined via email discussion among Commissioners during the following
month. In Paris, Commissioners voted separately in favour of three
principles relating to publication. None of these passed unanimously,
but all had at least a two-thirds majority among the twelve voting.
● Electronic-only publications should be allowed, if mechanisms can
be found that give reasonable assurance
of the long-term accessibility of the information they contain.
● Some method of registration should be part of the mechanism of
allowing electronic publication of
names and nomenclatural acts.
● Physical works that are not paper-based (e.g. CD-ROMs, DVDs) should
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