Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? A call for community participation in the governance of the SeqCode

Iain C. Sutcliffe*, Luis M. Rodriguez-R, Stephanus N. Venter, William B. Whitman

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Codes of nomenclature that provide well-regulated and stable frameworks for the naming of taxa are a fundamental underpinning of biological research. These Codes themselves require systems that govern their administration, interpretation and emendment. Here we review the provisions that have been made for the governance of the recently introduced Code of Nomenclature of Prokaryotes Described from Sequence Data (SeqCode), which provides a nomenclatural framework for the valid publication of names of Archaea and Bacteria using isolate genome, metagenome-assembled genome or single-amplified genome sequences as type material. The administrative structures supporting the SeqCode are designed to be open and inclusive. Direction is provided by the SeqCode Community, which we encourage those with an interest in prokaryotic systematics to join.
Original languageEnglish
Article number126498
JournalSystematic and Applied Microbiology
Issue number2-3
Early online date24 Feb 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Feb 2024

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