Because catalogues are built upon foundations of accumulated scientific knowledge, my first debt of acknowledgment is to the authors, both living and past, who have produced the thousands of publications upon which this work is based. It is only because of the success of their dedicated efforts to understand and document the earth’s Neuropterida fauna that global syntheses such as this catalogue become necessary as a means to provide ready access to detailed taxonomic and nomenclatural information and to provide a structural and contextual framework for the support and guidance of future research.
During work on this catalogue it has been my great pleasure to communicate with and learn from almost all neuropteran systematists active since the early 1980’s. I am indebted to each for their freely-given contributions of literature, facts and advice, which have all contributed in some way to the development of this work. The following colleagues have been particularly helpful and supportive over the years as reliable sources of information and advice on topics great and small related to neuropterid taxonomy, nomenclature and cataloging (listed alphabetically by surname): Horst Aspöck, Ulrike Aspöck, Stephen Brooks, Oliver Flint, Herbert Hölzel, Vladimir Makarkin, Mervyn Mansell, Victor Monserrat, Timothy New, Michael Ohl, Norman Penny, Lionel Stange and György Sziráki. Vladimir Makarkin has provided especially invaluable assistance in matters concerning fossil neuropterids and Russian literature.
The code for version 4.0 of the Neuropterida Species of the World was entirely rewritten from version 3.0 by computer science/engineering students Li-ming Ye, Yuan-xing Yin, and Jia-hao Zhang as part of a general upgrade of the Lacewing Digital Library site in 2014-2015. Technical development of version 2.0 of the the Neuropterida Species of the World was undertaken primarily by Krishna Tadi and Joshua Jones.
Version 3.0 and 4.0 of the catalogue were supported in part by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) program Partnerships for Enhancing Expertise in Taxonomy (PEET), grant #0933588. Version 2.00 of the catalogue was supported in part by the U.S. National Science Foundation through grant #0416206. The National Science Foundation funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering. Grantees are wholly responsible for conducting their project activities and preparing the results for publication. Thus, the Foundation does not assume responsibility for such findings or their interpretation.
General in-kind support for the catalogue has been provided over its long gestation from the four institutions with which I have been most closely associated as a graduate student, postdoc and faculty member: Oregon State University and libraries (Corvallis, Oregon), Cornell University and libraries (Ithaca, New York), Smithsonian Institution and libraries (Washington, District of Columbia), and Texas A&M University and libraries (College Station, Texas). The librarians of many other institutions have also provided access to important materials under their care.