Arch Virol (2015) 160:2655 DOI 10.1007/s00705-015-2594-9 LETTE R T O T HE EDI T OR Comment on ‘‘The complete nucleotide sequence and genome organization of pea streak virus (genus Carlavirus)’’ Lev Nemchinov Received: 31 July 2015 / Accepted: 3 August 2015 / Published online: 18 September 2015 Springer-Verlag Wien (outside the USA) 2015 Dear Editor, Complete Genome Sequence of the Alfalfa latent virus. Genome Announc. 2015 Apr 16;3(2). pii: e00250-15. It has come to my attention that the recently published doi:10.1128/genomeA.00250-15). This publication was paper by Li Su et al., ‘‘The complete nucleotide sequence available to the authors, the Editor assigned to the Li Su and genome organization of pea streak virus (genus Car- et al article, and the Reviewers, while the manuscript was lavirus)’’ claims that the authors determined ‘‘the ﬁrst under review in Archives of Virology. Please also note that complete genome sequence of PeSV’’ (Arch Virol DOI 10. Genome Announcements will not consider manuscripts for 1007/s00705-015-2467-2; submitted March 13th, accepted publication ‘‘until the availability of the sequence(s) in May 23rd, 2015 – as seen in the online version of the paper GenBank/ENA/DDBJ has been veriﬁed’’. published on June 21, 2015). It appears that it might have been a personal decision of However, the complete genomic sequence of the virus the authors of the Li Su et al paper to ignore the already (Alfalfa latent virus, a strain of PeSV) was freely available available genome sequence of the virus belonging to the from GenBank since March 1th, 2015 which was two same species and claim priority rather than adjust their data weeks before Li et al. submitted their manuscript to accordingly and give credit to their colleagues. Archives of Virology and almost four months before it was The obvious facts would not change, regardless of Li Su published (please see history of the submission here: http:// et al’s explanation and justiﬁcation of this incident. What is www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nuccore/KP784454.2?report= important, however, is to assure that in the future Dr. Xiang girevhist. and his co-authors will not treat other colleagues’ work in Since Li Su et al studied phylogeny of the members of the same way. the genus Carlavirus, it is likely that the group worked It is critical for the scientiﬁc community that research is extensively with GenBank data. It is therefore hardly built upon principles of mutual respect, honesty, and possible that the available complete genome sequence of responsibility. the virus escaped their attention. I also refer you to the publication in Genome Thank you for your time. Announcements freely available to the public since April Yours sincerely, 16, 2015 (Nemchinov LG, Shao J, Postnikova OA. Lev Nemchinov This comment refers to the article available at doi:10.1007/s00705- 015-2467-2. An Editor’s reply to this comment is available at doi:10. 1007/s00705-015-2595-8. An author’s reply to this comment is available at doi:10.1007/s00705-015-2596-7. & Lev Nemchinov Lev.Nemchinov@ars.usda.gov USDA/ARS, Plant Sciences Institute, Molecular Plant Pathology Laboratory, Beltsville, MD 20705, USA
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