Public Health and Epidemiology
Empowering a community publishing articles in all areas of Public Health and Epidemiology, including disease surveillance, infectious disease outbreaks, vaccination, genetic epidemiology, epidemiological transition, sugar taxation, smoking cessation, exercise interventions, behaviour change and much more.
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
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.
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Discover top cited Public Health & Epidemiology papers from recent years.
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.
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.
In 2020, PLOS articles were referenced an estimated 107,840 times by media outlets around the world. Read Public Health & Epidemiology articles that made the news.
- The impact of news exposure on collective attention in the United States during the 2016 Zika epidemic
- Residential green space and child intelligence and behavior across urban, suburban, and rural areas in Belgium: A longitudinal birth cohort study of twins
- Occurrence and transmission potential of asymptomatic and presymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections: A living systematic review and meta-analysis
How can we increase adoption of open research practices?
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
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.