BMC Veterinary Research will be publishing a thematic issue entitled 'Advances in Schmallenberg Virus Research’.
Schmallenberg virus is an emerging livestock disease which is of great concern, being responsible for neurological defects, stillbirths and abortions in sheep and cattle. Thought to be spread by vectors, such as midges, mosquitoes and ticks, Schmallenberg virus has spread rapidly throughout Europe having first being detected in Germany in 2011. With more than 1,500 cases reported since its discovery in Britain in 2012, new research is currently underway to help identify and develop control measures to reduce and/or eliminate Schmallenberg virus within the farming community.
This ongoing timely thematic series will focus on all areas of research in Schmallenberg virus to help promote advances in this field.
Potential topics to the series could include, but are not limited to:
- Advances in Schmallenberg virus genetics
- Pathogenesis of Schmallenberg virus infection on host
- Potential environmental factors that encourage/trigger spread of Schmallenberg virus
- Advances in vaccine development
- Epidemiological spread of Schmallenberg virus, including health outcomes, policy updates.
Submission is open to everyone, and all submitted manuscripts will be peer-reviewed through the regular BMC Veterinary Research review process. All accepted manuscripts are going to be published together in one special thematic section. BMC Veterinary Research is an open-access journal.
Please submit your manuscript via BMC Veterinary Research indicating within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the 'Advances in Schmallenberg Virus Research' thematic series. Feel free to direct pre-submission enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hayley Henderson (Senior Executive Editor)
Alun Williams (Section Editor)