As most of you will know, a Draft BioCode was prepared by an International Committee on Bionomenclature (ICB) established under the auspices of the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) and the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IAMS). The members of the IBC were designated by the governing bodies of the five existing Codes of biological nomenclature (for bacteriology, botany, cultivated plants, viruses and zoology). The "Third Draft" was published in 1996 by IUBS (Paris. 42pp) and was reprinted in Taxon (45: 349-372), the Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature (53: 148-166), and posted on the ROM Web page (see below). It was even translated into Russian (Authorized translation into Russian by T.V. Egorova & M.V. Agababian. 1997. V.L. Komarov Botanical Institute, St. Petersburg. 52 pp.)
In the light of comments from the scientific community, the ICB revised the Draft BioCode and this was completed for submission to the 26th General Assembly of IUBS in Taipei, in November 1997. This was posted on the Web in December 1997 (see below) along with other relevant background information. It has also been published in hardcopy in the February 1998 issue of Taxon (47: 127-150). A summary of the changes and of some of its history appear in a paper by D.L. Hawksworth & J. McNeill in the same issue of Taxon (47: 123-126); this information is also available on the Web as indicated below.
There are six separate files on the Web that are relevant to the Draft BioCode (1997), and, although these are all hot-linked, the details of each are as follows:
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