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Wolf-Henning Kusber, 04/20/2020 02:37 PM

Registration FAQ

User: How I can register to PhycoBank?
PhycoBank: Simply write an e-mail to Please enter user name and password only at the user interface for data entry at:!regStart

User: Why "Registration" and "PasswordRecovery" at:!regStart is not enabled in my browser?
PhycoBank: Because this functionality is being developed and will be available later in 2020. Until then: see above.

User: I want to describe a new species. When it should be registered?
PhycoBank: Start a registration once your manuscript has been submitted.

User: The reference is not complete as long as it is not published. What shall I do?
PhycoBank: Enter the tentative reference, reference and reference details can be adjusted later. If you change title, authors, journal within the review- or proofreading, please correct the reference entry. Do not enter a new reference to prevent duplicates.

User: How author respective person names are handled by PhycoBank?
PhycoBank: Personal names are used für bibliographic references, for nomenclatural authors, and for collectors. Generally each person schouls be stored only once in PhycoBank. This is why PhycoBank has separate fields for "Family name", "Given name", Initial(s) which are meant as Initials of the "Given name" only; they are used as abbreviations of "Given names" in bibliographic references. Each initial is followed by a dot. No space between initials.

User: How author teams are handled by PhycoBank?
PhycoBank: Author teams are built by adding each person (including the correct order). Generally each author team schouls be stored only once in PhycoBank.

User: I am sure that there is a mistake in an author name, how can I correct this?
PhycoBank: Sorry, you have no permission to correct this. Please contact the curator.

User: I am not sure if the author, stored in PhycoBank is the correct one for my data entry. What shall I do?
PhycoBank: If in doubt, enter the author as new or check the PhycoBank data portal for this familiy name to get more information.

User: The author team of my species differ from the author team of the publication. What shall I do?
PhycoBank: Go to "Nomenclatural reference" in the "Name editor". Klick "new" (right position, check mouse over). The reference author will be open. Please enter the new author team only and save. You will be redirected to the name editor automatically. If the "in-author team" has been entered already for this reference, please reuse it.

User: Is it possible to get an identifier for a new taxon, I want to describe?
PhycoBank: To avoid mistakes, a unique identifier is only generated once a registration is saved within the PhycoBank database.

User: Why PhycoBank uses http-links as identifiers? Is this wise as databases might change their URLs after some years?
PhycoBank: PhycoBank uses stable identifers for nomenclatural acts. Advantages are the linkage to the database entry and a good usability, in contrast to UUIDs that are used in the background.

User: Shall I cite the identifier in my paper?
PhycoBank: Yes please; this ensures a cross-link between an electronic publication and PhycoBank (if the doi has been entered in PhycoBank)

User: I am done with the data entry, what is the next step?
PhycoBank: If you are ready with data entry, hand over the dataset to the curation, PhycoBank will finalise the record according to the published paper and make it visible on PhycoBank.

I know a specific scientific name is in the system but can not find it.

There are two ways of finding names:

  1. Names which are already used in a Registration can be found via the list function
  2. Names which are nor yet registered can only be found when your are about to create a new registration for this name in the Registration workingset Editor :

Updated by Wolf-Henning Kusber about 4 years ago · 8 revisions