This week Journal of General Virology has published the first ICTV Virus Taxonomy Profile – a freely available series of concise, review-type articles that provide overviews of the classification, structure and properties of individual virus orders, families and genera.
ICTV Virus Taxonomy Profiles are written by International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) study groups, comprised of leading experts in the field. The profiles summarise the individual chapters from the ICTV’s online 10th Report on Virus Taxonomy, and will become the go-to place for researchers looking for up-to-date taxonomic information on viruses.
The first profiles are of the Flaviviridae family, which includes the Zika virus, and the Ascoviridae family, which contains viral pathogens of insects transmitted by parasitic wasps. They are accompanied by an Editorial from Dr Andrew Davison.
The Microbiology Society is publishing these citable profiles online, while the full chapters are available to all through the ICTV website, thanks to a five-year Biomedical Resources grant from the Wellcome Trust.