Virology Division News 1041 Arch Virol 144/5 (1999) Virology Division News VDN Marc H. V. Van Regenmortel President ICTV, Molecular Biology Institute, CNRS, Strasbourg, France In formal virus taxonomy, the names of Orders, Families, Subfamilies and Genera are always printed in italics and the first letters of the names are capitalized. At its meeting in San Diego in March 1998, The Executive Committee of the ICTV decided to extend this practice to the names of species taxa in order to give a clear indication that the species name has been approved as the official, internationally recognized name . The new rule 3.40 of the International Code of Virus Classification and Nomenclature is as follows: “Species names are printed in italics and have the first letter of the first word capitalized. Other words are not capitalized unless they are proper nouns, or parts of proper nouns.”  This rule applies when the species name is used to refer to a taxonomic entity, i.e. an abstraction corresponding to a taxon in the virus classification. Examples of correct spelling and typographical style for the corresponding taxonomic entities are Tobacco mosaic virus, Poliovirus and Murray River encephalitis virus (River is a proper noun).
Archives of Virology – Springer Journals
Published: May 1, 1999
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