Guidelines for new name proposals

Need for a name New names are considered where there is a perceived need for a name. This usually arises from the demands of fieldwork or navigation. Each place-name proposal should be accompanied by a brief case outlining the need for the name.
Double naming To ensure scientific clarity and operational safety, it is important to apply only one name per feature, with allowance for its appropriate translation or transliteration into other scripts. Existing place-names should be accepted only when full account has been taken of all matters of provenance and suitability.
Density of names New names for minor features are only accepted if there is a standard map or chart published at a sufficiently large scale to show them. Near permanent scientific stations, where large scale maps are available, a higher density of names is often permissible but the map should not be overloaded with names; field scientists are encouraged to use a grid system for collecting-station lists and to provide a sketch map of these localities in their reports.
Duplication of names It is APC policy to avoid duplication of place-names, not only in the British Antarctic Territory but elsewhere in the Antarctic.
Personal names With rare exceptions, forenames and the use of more than one part of a hyphenated or dual, unhyphenated surname are unlikely to be approved, but will be reviewed on a case by case basis. The use of titles or the names of partners or pets is similarly not considered suitable.The APC will consider the naming of features after scientists and other personnel, who have contributed significantly to scientific understanding and/or life in the Antarctic, or who have made a major contribution to Antarctic matters. It will also consider the naming of features after other, significant individuals, including those involved in government and policy-making.
Place-naming stemming from tourist operations In certain circumstances, where visits and landings are regularly made to unnamed locations and the interests of safety, navigation and environmental monitoring call for the application of a name, the Committee may consider proposals arising from the activities of Antarctic tourism. Individuals may only be commemorated after making a significant personal contribution to Antarctic science or exploration.
Place-naming stemming from climbing expeditions The Committee will not approve proposals solely or primarily based on claimed first or significant ascents of unnamed peaks, whether or not the proposed names are linked to the expedition, its members, sponsors and supporters. New names are only considered where there is a perceived need for a name. There is no naming prerogative for climbing or other expeditions.
Size of feature and name Any name needs to be legible on a published map or chart and this often rules out the use of long names for small features, particularly for coastal features on charts where soundings may be obscured.
Choice of generic term New names should be applied to distinct geographical features and the generic part of the name should be appropriate. List of suitable generic terms.
Names with two generic terms Names such as “Pond Bay” or “Ridge Mountain” should be avoided.
Descriptive names Names that might be mistaken for descriptions of terrain or topography should be avoided. For example names such as “Sandy Hills” or “Broad Valley”.
Group names Features in an area may follow a group idea or theme. This has the advantage of making it easier to remember the geographical position if names belonging to the same idea group are found near to each other. For example, in the South Shetland Islands, a group which includes the names of nineteenth century sealers is found, while in Alexander Island names commemorating composers of music are found.
Coordinate Selection The coordinates for any given feature should provide an indication of its position that clearly distinguish the feature from any other, while providing a level of precision appropriate to the size of the feature. Single sets of coordinates are required for gazetteer purposes and should be provided in DMS format, with 2 or 3 decimal points of seconds where precision is required. The descriptions can describe the extent of large features more accurately by including two to four sets of coordinates and a description of the position of the feature relative to other topographical features.In general, coordinates mark the exact position of a feature, or the central position of a feature. However, this can involve a wide level of interpretation. Deriving coordinates for all feature shapes.