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      Outcomes of the 2011 Botanical Nomenclature Section at the XVIII International Botanical Congress

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          The Nomenclature Section held just before the 18th International Botanical Congress in Melbourne, Australia in July 2011 saw sweeping changes to the way scientists name new plants, algae, and fungi. The changes begin on the cover: the title was broadened to make explicit that the Code applies not only to plants, but also to algae and fungi. The new title will now be the International Code of Nomenclature of algae, fungi, and plants . For the first time in history the Code will allow for the electronic publication of names of new taxa. In an effort to make the publication of new names more accurate and efficient, the requirement for a Latin validating diagnosis or description was changed to allow either English or Latin for these essential components of the publication of a new name. Both of these latter changes will take effect on 1 January 2012. The nomenclatural rules for fungi will see several important changes, the most important of which is probably the adoption of the principle of “one fungus, one name.” Paleobotanists will also see changes with the elimination of the concept of “morphotaxa” from the Code.

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          Fast, linked, and open – the future of taxonomic publishing for plants: launching the journal PhytoKeys

          Abstract The paper describes the focus, scope and the rationale of PhytoKeys, a newly established, peer-reviewed, open-access journal in plant systematics. PhytoKeys is launched to respond to four main challenges of our time: (1) Appearance of electronic publications as amendments or even alternatives to paper publications; (2) Open Access (OA) as a new publishing model; (3) Linkage of electronic registers, indices and aggregators that summarize information on biological species through taxonomic names or their persistent identifiers (Globally Unique Identifiers or GUIDs; currently Life Science Identifiers or LSIDs); (4) Web 2.0 technologies that permit the semantic markup of, and semantic enhancements to, published biological texts. The journal will pursue cutting-edge technologies in publication and dissemination of biodiversity information while strictly following the requirements of the current International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (ICBN).
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            Botanical nomenclature and plant fossils

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              PhytoKeys
              PhytoKeys
              PhytoKeys
              Pensoft Publishers
              1314-2011
              1314-2003
              2011
              27 July 2011
              : 5
              : 1-3
              Affiliations
              [1 ]The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY, USA
              [2 ]Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA
              [3 ]Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO, USA
              [4 ]Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL, USA
              Author notes
              Corresponding author: James S. Miller ( jmiller@ 123456nybg.org ).

              Academic editor: Sandra Knapp

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              10.3897/phytokeys.5.1850
              3174450
              22171188
              James S. Miller, Vicki A. Funk, Warren L. Wagner, Fred Barrie, Peter C. Hoch, Patrick Herendeen

              This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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              Plant science & Botany

              fungi, names, nomenclature, algae, paleobotany, electronic publication, plants

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