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Parasitology Community

The parasitology community is a global, thriving network of scientists working together to advance research across several fields and global challenges - from the elimination of neglected tropical diseases to the application of a One Health paradigm, to a better understanding of planetary health and environmental challenges affecting humans, animals and plants. 

At Springer Nature we are committed to raising the quality of academic research in parasitology through leading journals edited by the best Editors in the field. 

With this page, we provide a community hub featuring hot topics and blogs, recent landmark research, community news, and opportunities for networking and cooperation with other researchers. 

Parasites & Vectors

Parasites & Vectors is the leading open access, high quality, peer-reviewed online journal dealing with the biology of parasites, parasitic diseases, intermediate hosts, vectors and vector-borne pathogens. High-quality manuscripts on all aspects of the basic and applied biology of parasites, parasitic diseases, intermediate hosts, vectors and vector-borne pathogens are considered. In addition to the traditional and well-established areas of science in these fields, Parasites & Vectors also aims to provide a vehicle for publication of the rapidly developing resources and technology in parasite, intermediate host and vector genetics, genomics, proteomics. 

Browse all article collections in Parasites & Vectors.

Malaria Journal

Malaria Journal is aimed at the scientific community interested in malaria in its broadest sense. It is the only journal that publishes exclusively articles on malaria and, as such, it aims to bring together knowledge from the different specialties involved in this very broad discipline, from the bench to the bedside and to the field.

Browse all article collections in Malaria Journal.

Veterinary Research

Veterinary Research is an open access journal that publishes high quality and novel research and review articles focusing on all aspects of infectious diseases and host-pathogen interaction in animals. Published for over 50 years, Veterinary Research has an international reputation for high quality research on infectious diseases in animals. It is an official journal of the world-leading French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE). 

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Parasitology Research

Parasitology Research covers the latest developments in parasitology across a variety of disciplines, including biology, medicine and veterinary medicine. Among many topics discussed are chemotherapy and control of parasitic disease, and the relationship of host and parasite. By taking a thorough, wide-ranging view of parasites and their mechanisms of operation, Parasitology Research has been a long-established venue for new developments in the field since 1928, as it was founded as Zeitschrift für Parasitenkunde.

Browse all article collections and the Editor highlights from Parasitology Research.

Systematic Parasitology

Systematic Parasitology publishes fully illustrated research papers, brief communications, and fully illustrated major revisions on the systematics, taxonomy and nomenclature of the following groups: Nematoda (including plant-parasitic), Monogenea, Digenea, Cestoda, Acanthocephala, Aspidogastrea, Cestodaria, Arthropoda (parasitic copepods, hymenopterans, mites, ticks, etc.), Protozoa (parasitic groups), and parasitic genera in other groups, such as Mollusca, Turbelleria, etc. 

Acta Parasitologica

Acta Parasitologica publishes original papers on all aspects of parasitology and host-parasite relationships, including the latest discoveries in biochemical and molecular biology of parasites, their physiology, morphology, taxonomy and ecology, as well as original research papers on immunology, pathology, and epidemiology of parasitic diseases in the context of medical, veterinary and biological sciences. The journal also publishes short research notes, invited review articles, book reviews.

The journal was founded in 1953 as "Acta Parasitologica Polonica" by the Polish Parasitological Society and since 1954 has been published by W. Stefanski Institute of Parasitology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. Since 1992 in has appeared as Acta Parasitologica in four issues per year.

Top mentioned articles

Check out last week's overview of the most mentioned articles in the media - such as news outlets, blogs, social media, Wikipedia pages, patents, and more - among those published recently in our parasitology journals.

The LCNTDR Collection - Advances in scientific research for NTD control features recent advances in scientific research for neglected tropical diseases executed by the London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research (LCNTDR) prestigious member institutions and their collaborators. 

New articles have just been released in the collection published in Parasites & Vectors - make sure you don't miss them!

Conferences and collaboration opportunities

Discover new opportunities for collaboration and networking with other researchers.

VIII Parasitology Summer Course (ParSCo), 4-11 June 2022

We are pleased to announce the 8th edition of the Parasitology Summer Course (VIII ParSCo), which will take place in the Aeolian archipelago, Sicily, Italy, 4-11 June 2022. You can find out more in the introductory message by the Scientific Organisers.

The ParSCo is an intense, one-week long course for parasitologists and post-graduate students working in the field of veterinary parasitology. 

Read the course program

2nd Latin American Society for Vector Ecology Congress (LA SOVE 2022), 29 October-3 November 2022

Find out more about the upcoming LA SOVE 2022 congress in La Plata, Argentina, 29 October-3 November 2022. The meeting is endorsed by the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Museum (UNLP) and supported by Parasites & Vectors

In this edition the topic is “Control of endemic zoonotic and vector-borne, emerging and re-emerging diseases: Current challenges in Latin America”

Editor's picks

Here you can find a selection of featured review articles and landmark studies in parasitology that are opening up new perspectives in the field. 

  1. Dengue fever is the most important mosquito-borne viral disease in Southeast Asia. Insecticides remain the most effective vector control approach for Aedes mosquitoes. Four main classes of insecticides are widely...

    Authors: Soon Jian Gan, Yong Qi Leong, Muhammad Fakrul Hakim bin Barhanuddin, Siew Tung Wong, Shew Fung Wong, Joon Wah Mak and Rohani Binti Ahmad
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:315
  2. Triatomine bugs, the vectors of Chagas disease, associate with vertebrate hosts in highly diverse ecotopes. It has been proposed that occupation of new microhabitats may trigger selection for distinct phenotyp...

    Authors: Fernando Abad-Franch, Fernando A. Monteiro, Márcio G. Pavan, James S. Patterson, M. Dolores Bargues, M. Ángeles Zuriaga, Marcelo Aguilar, Charles B. Beard, Santiago Mas-Coma and Michael A. Miles
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:195

    The Correction to this article has been published in Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:235

  3. The incidence of Lyme borreliosis and other tick-borne diseases is increasing in Europe and North America. There is currently much interest in identifying the ecological factors that determine the density of i...

    Authors: Cindy Bregnard, Olivier Rais and Maarten Jeroen Voordouw
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:168
  4. Taenia spp. are responsible for a substantial health and economic burden in affected populations. Knowledge of the fate of the eggs of Taenia spp. in the environment and of other factors facilitating the transmis...

    Authors: Famke Jansen, Pierre Dorny, Sarah Gabriël, Veronique Dermauw, Maria Vang Johansen and Chiara Trevisan
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:88
  5. Cryptosporidiosis is a gastrointestinal disease with global distribution. It has been a reportable disease in Canada since 2000; however, routine molecular surveillance is not conducted. Therefore, sources of ...

    Authors: Rebecca A. Guy, Christine A. Yanta, Pia K. Muchaal, Marisa A. Rankin, Karine Thivierge, Rachel Lau and Andrea K. Boggild
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:69
  6. Waterborne diseases are a major global problem, resulting in high morbidity and mortality, and massive economic costs. The ability to rapidly and reliably detect and monitor the spread of waterborne diseases i...

    Authors: Alireza Zahedi, Paul Monis, Daniel Deere and Una Ryan
    Citation: Parasitology Research 2021 120:7023
  7. Since the implementation of Roll Back Malaria, the widespread use of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) and indoor residual spraying (IRS) is thought to have played a major part in the decrease in mortality and m...

    Authors: Seynabou Sougoufara, Emmanuel Chinweuba Ottih and Frederic Tripet
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:295
  8. Felids (domestic and wild cats) are important in the epidemiology of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii because they are the only hosts that can excrete the environmentally resistant oocysts. We conducted a systemati...

    Authors: Mahbobeh Montazeri, Tahereh Mikaeili Galeh, Mahmood Moosazadeh, Shahabeddin Sarvi, Samira Dodangeh, Javad Javidnia, Mehdi Sharif and Ahmad Daryani
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:82
  9. The use of semiochemicals in odour-based traps for surveillance and control of vector mosquitoes is deemed a new and viable component for integrated vector management programmes. Over 114 semiochemicals have b...

    Authors: Madelien Wooding, Yvette Naudé, Egmont Rohwer and Marc Bouwer
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:80
  10. Rodents are considered to contribute strongly to the risk of tick-borne diseases by feeding Ixodes ricinus larvae and by acting as amplifying hosts for pathogens. Here, we tested to what extent these two processe...

    Authors: Aleksandra I. Krawczyk, Gilian L. A. van Duijvendijk, Arno Swart, Dieter Heylen, Ryanne I. Jaarsma, Frans H. H. Jacobs, Manoj Fonville, Hein Sprong and Willem Takken
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:34
  11. Ticks and tick-borne pathogens (TTBP) are a major constraint to livestock production in Pakistan; despite a high prevalence of TTBPs, knowledge on the capacity of Pakistani ticks to carry pathogens and endosym...

    Authors: Abdul Ghafar, Alejandro Cabezas-Cruz, Clemence Galon, Dasiel Obregon, Robin B. Gasser, Sara Moutailler and Abdul Jabbar
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:1
  12. Cryptosporidium spp. are important causes of gastroenteritis that can be transmitted from humans and animals. We elucidated the distribution of species and gp60 subtypes in human outbreaks classified by transmiss...

    Authors: Rachel M. Chalmers, Guy Robinson, Kristin Elwin and Richard Elson
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:95