Virology Division News 1249 Arch Virol 144/6 (1999) Virology Division News VDN 1 2 M. C. Fauquet and M. A. Mayo ILTAB (IRD-DPSC), TSRI-Cal 7, La Jolla, California, U.S.A. Scottish Crop Research Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee, U.K. Introduction Whilst it is obvious that a bureaucratic fondness for abbreviations has exposed their use to sharp, and deserved, ridicule, they nonetheless can satisfy a genuine need. In virology, it is a commonplace that abbreviations for virus names make the literature both easier to read and more succinct to present. The International Committee for Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) is responsible for controlling, approving and recording the names of virus taxa and has a formal International Code that guides this activity. However, there is an important distinction between formal names for taxa and abbreviations, for which ICTV does not have a constitutional responsi- bility. ICTV does publish abbreviations in its Reports, and is often asked for guidance concerning the “correct” abbreviation to use. Nonetheless, these are advisory rather than mandatory. Traditionally, abbreviations have been regarded as strictly local to a particular paper, chapter or thesis. Thus at one time “AMV” was used equally for Arabis mosaic virus, Alfalfa mosaic virus and Avian myeloblastosis virus,
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Published: Jun 1, 1999
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