Keele University, United Kingdom
Manuscripts on all aspects of the basic and applied biology of parasites, intermediate hosts, vectors and vector-borne pathogens will be considered. In addition to the traditional and well-established areas of science in these fields, we also aim to provide a vehicle for publication of the rapidly developing resources and technology in parasite, intermediate host and vector genomics and their impacts on biological research. We are able to publish movies and also large datasets and extensive results, frequently associated with genomic and post-genomic technologies, which are not readily accommodated in traditional journals. Manuscripts addressing broader issues, for example economics, social sciences and global climate change in relation to parasites, vectors and disease control, are also welcomed.
The average time from submission to a first decision is 21 days.
I am delighted to be involved in the launch of an online, open access journal covering a wide range of topics in the pure and applied biology of parasites, intermediate hosts and vectors. The online systems of BioMed Central give greatly enhanced creative opportunities for authors to include in their manuscripts large datasets, links to other web pages, unlimited colour illustrations and animations and movie clips. Open access means that high quality research on parasites and vectors will be freely available to all, without charge, worldwide.
Chris Arme is a parasitologist whose research interests are in the physiology of tapeworms, with particular emphasis on their nutrition and how these parasites interact with the physiological systems of their hosts. Since his doctoral studies at Leeds University he has maintained a special interest in the tapeworm, Ligula intestinalis, and its interactions with the reproductive systems of its fish host. In recognition of this work he was awarded a DSc from Keele University and a DSc honoris causa from the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava. He is a Past-President of the British Society for Parasitology and was an Editor of Parasitology for 19 years. He is now Editor-in-Chief of the online open access journal Parasites & Vectors.