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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Launch of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Yesterday marked the official launch of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.  From the about page:

PLoS Neglected Tropical the first open-access journal devoted to the world's most neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), such as elephantiasis, river blindness, leprosy, hookworm, schistosomiasis, and African sleeping sickness. The journal publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed research on all scientific, medical, and public-health aspects of these forgotten diseases affecting the world's forgotten people.

PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases is particularly keen to publish research from authors in countries where the NTDs are endemic.  It aims to:

  • Provide a forum for the NTDs community of scientific investigators, health practitioners, control experts, and advocates to publish their findings in an open-access format
  • Promote and profile the efforts of scientists, health practitioners, and public-health experts from endemic countries, and build science and health capacity in those countries
  • Highlight the global public-health importance of the NTDs and advocate for the plight of the poor who suffer from these diseases in endemic countries...

For PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases the publication fee is US$2100. Authors who are affiliated with one of our Institutional Members are eligible for a discount on this fee.

We offer a complete or partial fee waiver for authors who do not have funds to cover publication fees. Editors and reviewers have no access to payment information, and hence inability to pay will not influence the decision to publish a paper.  For further information, see our Publication Fee FAQ....

From the Guest Commentary in the inaugural issue by Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization:

The launch of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases marks yet another turning point in the long and notorious history of some of humanity's oldest diseases....

Equity is a fundamental principle of health development. Access to life-saving and health-promoting interventions should not be denied for unjust reasons, including an inability to pay. The free availability of leading research articles will benefit decision-makers and diseases control managers worldwide. It will also motivate scientists, both in developing and developed countries....

Also see Daniel Sarna's announcement on the PLoS Blog.

Update.  From Bora Zivkovic's blog announcement:

...Furthermore, the new journal is run on the TOPAZ software which allows the readers to use all the nifty tools of post-publication peer-review and discussion. All the articles in PLoS NTDs will allow you to post comments and annotations. You can give ratings. If you write a blog post about an article, you can send trackbacks (just like you can do on PLoS ONE and PLoS Hub for Clinical Trials)....