Dear ICTV community,
There is a distinction drawn in the ICTV code between "valid names" and "accepted names".
Valid names are those that are published and comply with the rules outlined in the code, while accepted names are those valid names that have been added to the Index.
My question is what is the correct way of introducing new names in a publication for them to be considered valid, assuming they are formed and used according to the Rules. Should they be introduced e.g. as simply: "new genus Xxxxxvirus" or should they be supplied with an explicit "tax.nov.": "Xxxxxvirus gen. nov." Are quotation marks needed around names indicating that they are not yet accepted: "new genus 'Xxxxxvirus'"? Should there be any other indication that they are not yet accepted? What is the time frame for submitting a formal proposal for the inclusion of a valid name in the Index? Can a proposal be submitted before the new name appears in print?
Thanks in advance!