ICTV Frequently Asked Questions

ICTV Frequently Asked Questions
 
Submitting Proposals for New Taxa
1. Who can make proposals for new taxonomy to the ICTV?
Any virologist can do this. You don’t need to have any position in the ICTV or be a member of any ICTV Study Group.
2. By what date should I make proposals?
The deadline for this year is 18 July, 2016.
3. How do I make proposals?
If you need help, contact the appropriate subcommittee chair, whose details are at http://www.ictvonline.org/subcommittee.asp?committee=23&se;=5.
4. Where should I send proposals?
Send them to the appropriate subcommittee chair, whose details are at http://www.ictvonline.org/subcommittee.asp?committee=23&se;=5.
5. What happens after I submit proposals?
The Subcommittee chair will read them, and advise on any amendments. Your proposals will be discussed at the Executive Committee meeting, which takes place a few weeks after the submission deadline. The subcommittee chair will let you know the outcome.

Writing Virus Names
1. How do I write the names of viruses and virus taxa?
See our guide for writing the names of viruses and virus taxa at ICTV Rules of Orthography.
2. Can I translate virus names into my own language?
Virus taxon names (species, genus, subfamily, family, and order names) have been formally approved using a defined process established by the ICTV and approved by the International Union of Microbiological Societies as specified in the International Code of Virus Classification and Nomenclature (Code of Virus Classification and Nomenclature). These names represent universal identifiers and as such, they should be written in the form in which they were approved, and not translated into other languages or alphabets. A list of all current virus taxon names can be downloaded from the ICTV web site at ICTV Master Species List.
Virus names, such as those assigned to virus strains or isolates, are different from taxon names in that they have not been universally assigned nor approved using any defined process. Therefore these virus names may, in contrast to taxon names, be translated as desired into local languages and alphabets.