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Overview of attention for article published in Virology Journal, January 2005
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  • In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (85th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (90th percentile)

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1 patent
2 Wikipedia pages


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Published in
Virology Journal, January 2005
DOI 10.1186/1743-422x-2-64
Pubmed ID

CM Fauquet, D Fargette


In 2005, ICTV (International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses), the official body of the Virology Division of the International Union of Microbiological Societies responsible for naming and classifying viruses, will publish its latest report, the state of the art in virus nomenclature and taxonomy. The book lists more than 6,000 viruses classified in 1,950 species and in more than 391 different higher taxa. However, GenBank contains a staggering additional 3,142 "species" unaccounted for by the ICTV report. This paper reviews the reasons for such a situation and suggests what might be done in the near future to remedy this problem, particularly in light of the potential for a ten-fold increase in virus sequencing in the coming years that would generate many unclassified viruses. A number of changes could be made both at ICTV and GenBank to better handle virus taxonomy and classification in the future.

Mendeley readers

The data shown below were compiled from readership statistics for 206 Mendeley readers of this research output. Click here to see the associated Mendeley record.

Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Germany 2 <1%
Sudan 1 <1%
Tanzania, United Republic of 1 <1%
Malaysia 1 <1%
Nepal 1 <1%
Chile 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Philippines 1 <1%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 196 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 39 19%
Researcher 36 17%
Student > Master 36 17%
Student > Bachelor 29 14%
Student > Postgraduate 10 5%
Other 30 15%
Unknown 26 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 104 50%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 26 13%
Immunology and Microbiology 10 5%
Medicine and Dentistry 10 5%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 4 2%
Other 18 9%
Unknown 34 17%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 9. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 01 January 2021.
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Altmetric has tracked 17,342,898 research outputs across all sources so far. Compared to these this one has done well and is in the 84th percentile: it's in the top 25% of all research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric.
So far Altmetric has tracked 2,564 research outputs from this source. They typically receive a lot more attention than average, with a mean Attention Score of 20.5. This one has done particularly well, scoring higher than 91% of its peers.
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