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Call for papers - Seasonal respiratory infections

Guest Editor

Thangam Menon, PhD, DSc, University of Madras, India
Leila C. Sahni, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine & Texas Children’s Hospital, USA

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 7 April 2025

BMC Infectious Diseases is pleased to announce our latest Collection on Seasonal respiratory infections. This Collection seeks to gather cutting-edge research on seasonal respiratory infections, addressing their epidemiology, transmission dynamics, environmental influences, and public health implications. We welcome submissions that explore spatio-temporal patterns, and epidemiological studies, surveillance strategies, and management approaches, with the aim of informing evidence-based interventions to mitigate the impact of seasonal respiratory viral diseases.

New Content ItemThis Collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 3: Good Health & Well-Being and SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Thangam Menon, PhD, DSc, University of Madras, India

Dr Thangam Menon completed her master’s in Medical Microbiology from Christian Medical College, Vellore, and obtained her PhD and DSc in Medical Microbiology from the University of Madras. She received post-doctoral training in Molecular Virology at the Royal Free Hospital, London. Dr Menon had a long career in the University of Madras as a Professor and Head of the Microbiology Department and has mentored many postgraduate and doctoral students. Her research interests are in the field of oral microbiome, candidiasis, infective endocarditis, streptococcal infections, viral hepatitis, and respiratory viruses. Dr Menon has been on the editorial board of BMC Infectious Diseases since 2022.

Leila C. Sahni, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine & Texas Children’s Hospital, USA

Dr Leila C. Sahni an infectious disease epidemiologist with research interests in disease-based surveillance, pediatric infectious diseases, vaccine effectiveness, and vaccine hesitancy. Much of her work has focused on the epidemiology of respiratory and gastrointestinal viruses in children and infants, the role of these viruses in pediatric emergency department use and hospitalization, and the assessments of rotavirus, influenza, and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine effectiveness. Dr Sahni's primary research focus is symptom-based surveillance for pediatric medical conditions and she currently serves as co-principle investigator for Texas Children's Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine’s participation in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s New Vaccine Surveillance Network (NVSN), a network of 7 children’s hospitals that conducts active surveillance for respiratory and gastrointestinal pathogens. The primary goals of NVSN are to establish baseline epidemiology of specific respiratory and gastrointestinal pathogens in children and to evaluate the effectiveness of childhood vaccines and prevention products.

About the Collection

BMC Infectious Diseases is calling for submissions to our Collection on Seasonal respiratory infections.

Seasonal respiratory infections, including the common cold and influenza, pose significant public health challenges, leading to substantial morbidity and mortality worldwide. Understanding the epidemiology and transmission dynamics that influence the spread of these infections is crucial for effective prevention and control strategies. 

It is important for us to continue advancing our collective understanding of seasonal respiratory infections to inform evidence-based public health interventions and policies. Recent advances in this area have elucidated the complex interplay between viral dynamics and human behavior in driving the spread of respiratory infections. Additionally, research has highlighted the importance of integrated surveillance systems, early warning mechanisms, and targeted vaccination strategies in mitigating the impact of seasonal respiratory infections. Key topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to:

  • Spatio-temporal patterns of respiratory viral diseases: studies examining the geographical and temporal distribution of seasonal respiratory infections
  • Epidemiological studies: research on the interaction between pathogens, hosts, and the epidemiology of respiratory infections
  • Surveillance strategies: development and evaluation of surveillance systems for monitoring respiratory infections, including integrated and real-time surveillance
  • Management approaches: studies on clinical management, public health interventions, and policy implications for controlling seasonal respiratory infections
  • Effectiveness of vaccination campaigns: research evaluating the impact and efficacy of vaccination programs in preventing and controlling seasonal respiratory infections
  • Early warning mechanisms: development and assessment of predictive models and early warning systems for anticipating outbreaks of respiratory infections
  • Human behavior and transmission dynamics: analysis of how human behavior, social practices, and movement patterns affect the spread of respiratory viruses
  • Healthcare system response: evaluation of healthcare system preparedness, response strategies, and resilience in the face of seasonal respiratory infections

We welcome submissions that contribute to a deeper understanding and better management of seasonal respiratory infections to protect public health globally. This Collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 3: Good Health & Well-Being and SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

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Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. 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 "Seasonal respiratory 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 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 Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.