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When you choose to publish with PLOS, your research makes an impact. Make your work accessible to all, without restrictions, and accelerate scientific discovery with options like preprints and published peer review that make your work more Open.

Infectious Diseases

Empowering a community publishing articles in all areas of Infectious Disease research, including antimicrobial resistance, public health, outbreak science, drug development, vaccine research, and much more.

To date, PLOS has published over 12,798 articles in Infectious Diseases, with more than 263,487 citations and with authors in 190 countries.

At PLOS, we put researchers and research first.

Our expert editorial boards collaborate with reviewers to provide accurate assessment that readers can trust. Authors have a choice of journals, publishing outputs, and tools to open their science to new audiences and get credit. We collaborate to make science, and the process of publishing science, fair, equitable, and accessible for the whole community.

Your New Open Science Journals

PLOS Global Public Health
PLOS Global Public Health is a global journal for public health research of the highest ethical and methodological rigor that reaches across disciplines and regional boundaries to address some of the biggest health challenges and inequities facing our society today. We will work alongside researchers to drive diversity and equity to broaden the perspectives we learn from.
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PLOS Digital Health
PLOS Digital Health brings together research into water sanitation and hygiene measures, as well as the sustainable consumption, management and supply of water as a vital resource for societies in every region of the world.
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Public Health Implications of a Changing Climate

Feature your research in this collection. We are looking for research that uses climate change to address effects on public health with a particular focus on the spread of infectious diseases. Explore this collection and find out how to submit your research.

Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Feature your research in this collection. We are looking for research that highlights the many interconnected facets of infectious disease epidemiology, including emerging zoonoses, viral genomics, infection dynamics, and more. Explore this collection and find out how to submit your research.

Looking for exciting work in your field?

Discover top cited Infectious Diseases papers from recent years.

PLOS Medicine
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PLOS Pathogens
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PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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Epidemics on the move: climate change and infectious disease

Discover the latest opinion and perspective articles on climate change and infectious diseases in this PLOS Biology collection. Here we explore one of the most pressing problems facing the world today: understanding how climate change will affect the distribution and dynamics of pathogens and their plant and animal hosts.

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Reproducibility is important for the future of science.

PLOS is Open so that everyone can read, share, and reuse the research we publish. Underlying our commitment to Open Science is our data availability policy which ensures every piece of your research is accessible and replicable. We also go beyond that, empowering authors to preregister their research, and publish protocols, negative and null results, and more.


Ready to share your study with a wider audience? Help more people read, see, and cite your published research with our Author Media Toolkit

I entered the sciences to make people’s lives better. I think having as much access to science makes people’s lives better whether that be spurring conversations between individuals that lead to better personal outcomes or elevating the dialogue of society to make better informed decisions.
Scott D. Pegan
Scott D. Pegan
Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, University of Georgia Athens, Georgia, United States of America
How can we increase adoption of open research practices?
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Researchers are satisfied with their ability to share their own research data but may struggle with accessing other researchers’ data. Therefore, to increase data sharing in a findable and accessible way, PLOS will focus on better integrating existing data repositories and promoting their benefits rather than creating new solutions.

Imagining a transformed scientific publication landscape
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Open Science is not a finish line, but rather a means to an end. An underlying goal behind the movement towards Open Science is to conduct and publish more reliable and thoroughly reported research.

Infectious disease modeling in a time of COVID-19

As the world grappled with the effects of COVID-19 this year, the importance of accurate infectious disease modeling has become apparent. We invited a few authors to give their perspectives on their research during this global pandemic. 

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