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The International Barcode of Life encourages other organizations to place links to our website from their websites if appropriate. No authorization is required to place a link from your website to the iBOL website. However, you may not use our logo and/or images and text taken from our website or imply a relationship with iBOL without authorization.

Using the iBOL logo

Guidelines for researchers

Researchers funded by the International Barcode of Life or its partners are encouraged to use the iBOL logo on their public presentations. To obtain a copy of our logo in the correct file format for your poster or presentation, please send an e-mail to specifying where and how the logo will be used.

Guidelines for the use of our logo on other websites

If you would like to promote iBOL from your website and want to use our logo, please contact the iBOL media office at:

The iBOL logo must always be accompanied by a link to the iBOL website.

Any person or organization using the logo as a link to the iBOL website must in no way claim or imply a relationship with the International Barcode of Life project which has not been authorized.

Using text and images from the iBOL website

Unless otherwise indicated, all information contained on including text, graphics, logos, button icons, images, audio and video clips is copyrighted by and proprietary to the International Barcode of Life. The information on the International Barcode of Life website may not be copied, reproduced, transmitted, displayed, distributed, sub-licensed, modified, stored for subsequent use or otherwise used in whole or in part in any manner, without written authorization from the International Barcode of Life. Please contact the iBOL media office at if you would like to use material from this website.


Users may make temporary copies in a single computer's memory as are necessary to browse the website, and the user may make one permanent printout of each page of the website to be used for personal and non-commercial use.

Excerpts from this website may be copied or reproduced for print without permission for educational and non-commercial purposes. If quotes or excerpts are used, full acknowledgment must be given to the International Barcode of Life. Full acknowledgment includes citing the full name of the International Barcode of Life, the title and URL of the web page, and the date on which the information was captured.

iBOL Web Privacy Policy

This privacy statement discloses the privacy practices for the International Barcode of Life (iBOL). iBOL is committed to the privacy of individuals who visit and interact with and follows these practices. iBOL is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from those disclosed in this statement. iBOL may collect information from our users in various ways.

Newsletters and Newsfeeds

If a user wishes to receive an iBOL newsletter, we ask for an email address. This information is used to contact the subscriber to tell them about new issues of the newsletter. Similarly, users wishing to subscribe to an iBOL newsfeed will be asked for an email address where we can direct the requested information. Subscribers will only receive information from iBOL which they have specifically requested. iBOL will not sell, rent or share this contact information with any other organization or individual.


From time to time iBOL may request information from users via surveys as part of efforts to improve our website and to enhance dissemination of information about iBOL activities to interested persons. Participation is completely voluntary. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and postal address), and demographic information (such as gender, occupation, age, or education level). This information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving our site and communications activities, and sending users the information in which they have expressed an interest.

Log Files

iBOL uses the IP address from your Internet connection to analyze trends, administer the site, track users' movements and gather broad geographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to any personally identifiable information.


The iBOL web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.

Updating Information

If you are a subscriber and your email address changes, if you wish to maintain your subscription you should simply subscribe again. Returned email addresses will be deleted automatically.


Users who no longer wish to receive newsletters, advisories or other information from iBOL may opt out by using the "unsubscribe" feature.

Notification of Changes

If iBOL decides to change its privacy policy, we will post those changes to this page so our users are always aware of what information we collect and how we use it. If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will notify users by way of an email. Users will have a choice as to whether or not we use their information in this different manner. We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.


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