Vertebrate Zoology

Information on ZooBank

Registering new animal names in ZooBank

What is ZooBank?

  • The official registry of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN).
  • An authoritative resource for scientific names in zoology.
  • A register designed to record all published usages of scientific names for animals which represent nomenclatural acts as governed by the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature.

My paper describing a new species of animal has been accepted for publication. Why should I register my paper in ZooBank?

  • If your article is going to be published online, registration in ZooBank is required by the ICZN Code.
  • Registering your paper in ZooBank ensures that it is officially recorded as the first paper to describe this species.

Not sure how to register your paper? Follow the instructions steps below.

  1. Your paper has been accepted for publication
  2. Go to ZooBank ( Login to your account, or create a new one if you haven’t before
  3. Click on ‘register content’
  4. Select the publication status ‘This work has not yet been published’, and enter the mandatory details (author names, article title, journal)  + any optional information you already know
  5. Your paper will be assigned an LSID code. Give this to your editor or add it to the article proofs to make sure that the LSID will be included in your published paper
  6. Your paper is published online
  7. Log back into ZooBank. Select publication status ‘This work has already been published’ and add the date of publication and any other details (volume, pages, etc.)
  8. Your paper is formally registered in ZooBank

For further help registering with ZooBank please go to

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