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Call for papers - Long-term effects of COVID-19 infections

Guest Editors:
Giulia MarchettiUniversity of Milan, Italy
Maria MazzitelliPadua University Hospital, Italy

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 31 December 2023

BMC Infectious Diseases is calling for submissions to our Collection on Long-term effects of COVID-19 infections. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on global health, affecting millions of people and leading to widespread illness and death. While the acute phase of the pandemic has been well documented, there is growing recognition of the long-term effects of COVID-19, with many patients experiencing persistent symptoms even after resolution of the acute illness. This phenomenon, known as post-COVID syndrome, is increasingly recognized as a significant public health challenge. In recognition of the multidisciplinary approach needed to care for COVID-19 survivors, and the framework for identifying those at high risk for post-acute COVID-19, BMC Infectious Diseases welcomes submissions to its newly launched collection.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Giulia MarchettiUniversity of Milan, Italy

Dr Marchetti is a Full Professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Milan and Director of the Clinic of Infectious Diseases, San Paolo Hospital, Milan. Her research interests are the mechanisms underlying immune restoration,  inflammation and gut microbiome with HIV co-infection and immune pathogenesis of SARS CoV-2 infection. She is currently coordinating the EUCARE-POST COVID-19 STUDY within the EUCARE project (“European Cohorts of Patients and Schools to Advance Response to Epidemics”) a multicenter cohort study aiming at investigating post COVID-19 manifestations.

Maria MazzitelliPadua University Hospital, Italy

Dr Mazzitelli is a full consultant at the Infectious and Tropical Diseases Unit of Padua University Hospital. Her research interests include HIV and comorbidities, ageing and polypharmacy, and COVID-19. In her current role at the Infectious and Tropical Diseases Unit of Padua University Hospital, she runs the HIV outpatient’s clinics and antimicrobial stewardship activities.

About the collection

BMC Infectious Diseases is calling for submissions to our Collection on Long-term effects of COVID-19 infections. 

The COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has resulted in a global healthcare crisis and strained health resources. As the population of patients recovering from COVID-19 grows, it is important to establish an understanding of the healthcare issues surrounding them. COVID-19 is now recognized as a multi-organ disease with a broad spectrum of manifestations, and similarly to post-acute viral syndromes described in survivors of other virulent coronavirus epidemics, there are increasing reports of persistent and prolonged effects after acute COVID-19. This phenomenon is now referred to as post-acute COVID-19 or post-COVID syndrome and is characterized by persistent symptoms and/or delayed or long-term complications beyond 4 weeks from the onset of symptoms that include but are not limited to fatigue, chest pain, dyspnea, cognitive disturbances, arthralgia, and a decline in quality of life.

We are particularly interested in manuscripts that address the following topics:

  • Identification and characterization of key clinical, serological, imaging and epidemiological features of COVID-19 in the chronic phase of disease.
  • Clinical studies, including prospective cohorts and clinical trials, that help us to better understand the pathophysiology of this disease.
  • Investigation and management of symptoms and organ-specific complications that developed after the acute phase of COVID-19.
  • Manuscripts covering Interdisciplinary cooperation and comprehensive care and rehabilitation of patients with post-COVID-19 syndrome in the outpatient setting.

This call for papers invites submissions from researchers and practitioners in the field of post-COVID syndrome, including epidemiology, clinical medicine and public health. We welcome scientifically sound original research articles and systematic reviews. This collection will not consider Case Reports.

Note: For the scope of this collection, post-COVID-19 syndrome is defined as persistent symptoms and/or delayed or long-term complications beyond 4 weeks from the onset of symptoms.

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  1. Defining patterns of symptoms in long COVID is necessary to advance therapies for this heterogeneous condition. Here we aimed to describe clusters of symptoms in individuals with long COVID and explore the imp...

    Authors: Grace Kenny, Kathleen McCann, Conor O’Brien, Cathal O’Broin, Willard Tinago, Obada Yousif, Tessa O’Gorman, Aoife G. Cotter, John S. Lambert, Eoin R. Feeney, Eoghan de Barra, Corinna Sadlier, Alan Landay, Peter Doran, Stefano Savinelli and Patrick W. G. Mallon
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2023 23:804
  2. While many studies on the determinants of post-COVID-19 conditions (PCC) have been conducted, little is known about the relationship between SARS-CoV-2 variants and PCC. This study aimed to assess the associat...

    Authors: Huyen Nguyen Thi Khanh, Laura Cornelissen, Diego Castanares-Zapatero, Robby De Pauw, Dieter Van Cauteren, Stefaan Demarest, Sabine Drieskens, Brecht Devleesschauwer, Karin De Ridder, Rana Charafeddine and Pierre Smith
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2023 23:774
  3. With Norwegian national registry data, we assessed the prevalence of post-COVID-19 symptoms at least 3 months after confirmed infection, and whether sociodemographic factors and pre-pandemic health problems we...

    Authors: Øystein Hetlevik, Knut-Arne Wensaas, Valborg Baste, Knut Erik Emberland, Türküler Özgümüs, Siri Eldevik Håberg and Guri Rortveit
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2023 23:721
  4. Hepatitis C presents a profound global health challenge. The impact of COVID-19 on hepatitis C, however, remain uncertain. This study aimed to ascertain the influence of COVID-19 on the hepatitis C epidemic tr...

    Authors: Yanyan Li, Xinxiao Li, Xianxiang Lan, Chenlu Xue, Bingjie Zhang and YongBin Wang
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2023 23:691
  5. With the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus has shifted to understanding and managing long-term post-infectious complications. “Long COVID,“ characterized by p...

    Authors: Pranav Nair, Chithira V Nair, Kiran G Kulirankal, Elizabeth M Corley, Fabia Edathadathil, Georg Gutjahr, Merlin Moni and Dipu T Sathyapalan
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2023 23:670
  6. Acute gastrointestinal infections can lead to post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome (PI-IBS). Moreover, coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is related to long-term gastrointestinal sequelae. In this study, the f...

    Authors: Daya Zhang, Chen Chen, Yunqian Xie, Fan Zeng, Shiju Chen, Runxiang Chen, Xiaodong Zhang, Shimei Huang, Da Li and Feihu Bai
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2023 23:422

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of Research Articles. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Long term effects of COVID-19 infections" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.