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Call for papers - Epidemiology of neglected tropical diseases

Guest Editor

Rachel Pullan, PhD, MSc, MSci, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 20 September 2024


BMC Global and Public Health is calling for submissions to our Collection on the epidemiology of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). This Collection aims to gather cutting-edge research that enhances our understanding of the epidemiological landscape of NTDs, offering valuable insights for public health interventions and global health policies.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Rachel Pullan, PhD, MSc, MSci, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Rachel Pullan is an infectious disease researcher interested in the epidemiology and control of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on spatial epidemiology and operational research. She is particularly interested in the design and evaluation of large-scale public health interventions targeting NTDs. She has a first degree from Imperial College London and an MSc and PhD from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), where she has been based since 2005. Rachel's research group works closely with national control programs and international agencies and places a strong emphasis on developing an evidence base that can be used to inform policy and practice.

About the Collection

BMC Global and Public Health is calling for submissions to our Collection on the epidemiology of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). This Collection aims to gather cutting-edge research that enhances our understanding of the epidemiological landscape of NTDs, offering valuable insights for public health interventions and global health policies.

NTDs constitute a group of diverse communicable diseases affecting populations in tropical and subtropical regions. Despite their substantial impact on public health, these diseases often go unaddressed, leading to long-term suffering and socioeconomic consequences for affected communities.

In response to this global research agenda, BMC Global and Public Health is pleased to announce a call for papers for our upcoming collection entitled ‘Epidemiology of neglected tropical diseases’, guest edited by Dr Rachel Pullan from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. 

We are now inviting the submission of Research, Comment, Review, and Opinion articles of outstanding interest exploring the various aspects of NTD epidemiology, including but not limited to:

  • Global and Local Distribution and Burden: Assessments of the changing prevalence, incidence, and distribution of NTDs worldwide, highlighting both regional and small-scale variations and identifying areas of remaining high burden - especially in the context of ongoing control programs.
  • Risk Factors and Determinants: Investigations into the social, environmental, and economic factors influencing the transmission and persistence of NTDs, with a focus on vulnerable populations.
  • Control and Surveillance Strategies: Evaluation of the effectiveness of current control measures, including case management, vector control, and community-based interventions, and exploration of novel approaches for surveillance.
  • Integration with Global Health Initiatives: Analysis of how NTD programs align with broader global health agendas, such as the Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Health Coverage
  • Innovations in Epidemiological Methods: Advancements in research methodologies, data collection, and analytical approaches for studying NTDs, including integrating new technologies.

We encourage work from local, regional, national, and global partnerships and collaboration among multi-disciplinary scientists using multiple methodologies. We ask that authors be careful to use non-stigmatizing/preferred language in their manuscripts as outlined in relevant language guidelines for their respective fields.

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There are currently no articles in this collection.

Submission Guidelines

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To submit your manuscript, please use the BMC Global and Public Health online submission system SNAPP and indicate in your covering letter that you would like the article to be considered for the ‘Epidemiology of neglected tropical diseases' collection. If you would like to enquire about the suitability of a manuscript for consideration, please email bmcglobalpublichealth@biomedcentral.com.

This collection of articles has not been sponsored and articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process. The Guest Editors declare that they have no competing interests. The Guest Editors serve an advisory role to guide the scope of the collection and commissioned content; final editorial decisions lie with the Chief Editor.