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The PhyloCode
Appendix B. Code of Ethics
1. Authors proposing new names or converting preexisting names should observe the following principles, which together constitute a code of ethics.
2. An author should not publish a new name or convert a preexisting one 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). An author in such a position should communicate with the other person (or their representatives) and only attempt to establish a name if the other person has failed to do so in a reasonable period (not less than a year).
3. An author should not publish a replacement name (a nomen substitutum) for a later homonym without informing the author of the latter name about the homonymy and allowing that person a reasonable time (at least a year) to establish a replacement name.
4. An author should not propose a name that, to his or her knowledge or reasonable belief, would be likely to give offense on any grounds.
5. An author should not use offensive or insulting language in any discussion or writing that involves phylogenetic nomenclature. Debates about phylogenetic nomenclature should be conducted in a courteous and professional manner.
6. Editors and others responsible for the publication of works dealing with phylogenetic nomenclature should avoid publishing any material that appears to them to contain a breach of the above principles.
7. Adherence to these principles is a matter for the conscience of individual persons. The CPN is not empowered to rule on alleged breaches of them.