Structure and typography of virus names

Structure and typography of virus names Virology Division News 429 L. Bos Research Institute for Plant Protection (IPO), Wageningen University & Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands In a recent paper in this periodical (Archives of Virology) I have expressed my disquiet about current developments in the naming of viruses, particularly the orthography of virus names, that is, their structure and typography (way of writing) [1]. Since then, two reactions have appeared. The first and very brief one (by Dr. Van Regenmortel) [7] did not allude to my text but, with the authority of President of ICTV, the writer repeated the position of ICTV as stated earlier by Mayo and Horzinek [5]. It contained some further explanation but without any reference to the objections I had raised. A direct editorial reaction by Dr. Pringle [6] appeared two journal issues later. It had been prepared in consultation with Dr. Van Regenmortel, as indicated in a footnote, and explained more extensively “the reasoning and circumstances behind the development of the current version of the ICTV Universal System of Virus Taxonomy”. It said that it was not meant to invalidate my arguments “which have their own merit”, but disparaged some of them and ignored others. Let me summarize the Archives of Virology Springer Journals

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