Taxonomy lies at the uneasy interface between biology and logic. The processing of information follows somewhat different rules in these two systems and the role of taxonomy is to reconcile them as tidily as possible. To this end, the Virology Division of the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS) charged the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) with the task of developing, refining, and maintaining a universal virus taxonomy. The goal of this undertaking is to categorize the multitude of known viruses into a single classification scheme that reflects their evolutionary relationships, i.e. their individual phylogenies.
The ICTV Online (10th) Report on Virus Taxonomy is now available in a freely accessible format from the ICTV web site at http://ictv.global/report. Over a three-year cycle, ICTV Study Groups will update the information in the chapters of the 9th Report as well as produce chapters for newly created virus taxa. To start, updated chapters are available for the Ascoviridae and Flaviviridae families of viruses. Additional chapters will be added on a regular basis.
Summaries of the Online Report chapters will be published in the Journal of General Virology. These summaries will be linked to the full Online Report chapters on the ICTV website and be indexed in PubMed.
The ICTV 9th Report on Virus Taxonomy is now available online in a freely accessible format from the ICTV web site at http://ictv.global/9th-report/. This online version contains a complete copy of all chapters published in 2011 in the printed Report. The 9th Report was based on the ICTV taxonomy of viruses released in 2009.