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Author citation


How to Reference Multiple Authors in APA Style


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MLA in-text citation with no author


How to Cite Multiple Authors in MLA Style


Secondary referencing: how to cite and reference an author cited in another text

In zoological nomenclature, author citation refers to listing the person who first makes a scientific name of a taxon available. This is done in a scientific publication while fulfilling the formal requirements under the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, hereinafter termed "the Code". According to the Code, "the name of the author does not form part of the name of a taxon and its citation is optional, although customary and often advisable", however Recommendation 51A suggests: "The original author and date of a name should be cited at least once in each work dealing with the taxon denoted by that name. This is especially important in distinguishing between homonyms and in identifying species-group names which are not in their original combinations". For the purpose of information retrieval, the author citation and year appended to the scientific name, e.g. genus-species-author-year, genus-author-year, family-author-year, etc., is often considered a "de facto" unique identifier, although for a number of reasons discussed below, this usage may often be imperfect.
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    • Identity of the author(s) 

    • Examples to illustrate practical use 

    • Spelling of the name of the author 

    • Implications for information retrieval 

    • Author of a ''nomen nudum'' 

    • Sensu names