Wikispecies:Nontaxa pages

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This page aims to document practices related to pages about things other than taxa, that are of relevance to the taxonomic data gathered by Wikispecies.


  • It may be better to use category:Journals instead of category:series identifiers. This can be done by moving its subcategories (if we choose keep them) in "Category:Journals by subject".
  • Category:Repositories might be better named "Institutions" to make it clear that individual collections are to be listed under the institutional category only.
  • What sort of standardisation, if any, with do we want to apply to institutional abbreviations?
  • What do we do about Index Herbariorum vs. other abbreviations for the same institutions (not that in many instances treating the IH abbreviation as a collection abbreviation solves this problem)?

Author pages[edit]

Taxon authors are collated within the Taxon Authorities category. Example of data that may be included:

  • Full name
  • Date of death and birth
  • Nationality and scientific disciplines
  • A portrait
  • In the case of botanists, their standard IPNI author abbreviation
  • Associated institutions
  • A list of authored taxa
  • A list of publications
  • A list of taxa and publications named after the author ("eponymy")
  • A short bibliography


Sources include individual books and articles, book series, and journals.

Books and articles[edit]

Individual books and articles are ideally cited using Reference_templates. The name to be used for such templates (i.e. "Author date" or identifier-based) is currently completely lacking in standardization.

These pages usually do not include any further information.

Journals and series[edit]

Modern journals and book series usually have an ISSN. If they don't, they are listed in the parent category Series identifiers. A journal page may include:

  • Alternate ISSNs (eISSN and ISSN-L if different, these should redirect to the main ISSN)
  • Alternate spellings
  • Standard abbreviations (when one exists, a redirect should be created to the ISSN)
  • A translation of the title
  • Publications data (years of publication, number of volumes...)
  • Wikilinks to related publications that were replaced, superseded by the journal, or that replaced or superseded it.
  • Wikilinks to publishing institutions.
  • Links to online version such as official websites, Botanicus, Google or Biodiversity Heritage Library
  • A complete list of included articles.
  • Any other relevant information (see e.g. ISSN 1100-4622, ISSN 0773-4107)

Complex works[edit]

Many works are published over multiple installments and many years and may involve many contributors. Such works, like journals, may have complex bibliographical data to be communicated:

  • Alternate spellings or names
  • Standardized abbreviations (when one exist, as with IPNI titles, the page should be created at that title)
  • A translation of the title
  • Publications data for each individual part (numbering, publication date...)
  • Wikilinks to publishing institutions.
  • Wikilinks to contributors' author pages
  • Links to online version such as official websites, Botanicus, Google or Biodiversity Heritage Library


An institution page is connected to a category page, both of which rest in Category:Repositories. The page name is a standard abbreviation. This abbreviation is used to identify the institution or collection across Wikispecies, regardless of the abbreviation actually used in the source publications.[1]

An institution page may include such information as:

  • The institution's current names in its original language and (where a translation is useful) in English
    • Past names of the institution
    • Name of institutions or collections who were merged into the institutions
  • The location of the institution
  • A list of all abbreviations that have been used for the institution and its predecessors
  • A list of the collections at the institutions which have categories of their own, with their name and abbreviations, current and past.
    • Such collections have their own categories, but not individual pages, these should redirect to the institution page.
    • Listing and redirecting past acronyms is important to make it easier to track the current institution associated with an older acronym
  • A list of associated publications
  • A bibliography of specimen catalogues
  • Links to the institution's website
  • Links to any catalogue search pages.


  1. Older abbreviations may remain in use in specimen identifiers, which will not be altered.