Appendix A: Code of Ethics
- Authors proposing new names should observe the following principles, which together constitute a "Code of Ethics".
- A zoologist should not publish a new name if he or she has reason to believe that another person has already recognized the same taxon and intends to establish a name for it (or that the taxon is to be named in a posthumous work). A zoologist in such a position should communicate with the other person (or their representatives) and only feel free to establish a new name if that person has failed to do so in a reasonable period (not less than a year).
- A zoologist should not publish a new replacement name (a nomen novum) or other substitute name for a junior homonym when the author of the latter is alive; that author should be informed of the homonymy and be allowed a reasonable time (at least a year) in which to establish a substitute name.
- No author should propose a name that, to his or her knowledge or reasonable belief, would be likely to give offence on any grounds.
- Intemperate language should not be used in any discussion or writing which involves zoological nomenclature, and all debates should be conducted in a courteous and friendly manner.
- Editors and others responsible for the publication of zoological papers should avoid publishing any material which appears to them to contain a breach of the above principles.
- The observation of these principles is a matter for the proper feelings and conscience of individual zoologists, and the Commission is not empowered to investigate or rule upon alleged breaches of them.
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This point has the status of a recommendation and could partly be transferred to the legal section of the Code. If there are good reasons to bring forward why a name causes offence, for example if a species was named after Hitler, it should be possible to initiate a suppression of that name. This would concern a few outstanding cases, which were discussed on the [iczn-list] mailing list in June 2015. The reputation of zoological nomenclature suffers if the community cannot deal with such cases.