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PLOS NTDs Year in Review

2021 was a year of continued growth for PLOS NTDs. We expanded our journal scope to widen the breadth of diseases featured in the journal, celebrated several awards achieved by our editorial board members, and continued to publish exciting research from the PLOS NTDs community. Discover journal updates, a message from the Editors-in-Chief, top papers, and more.



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Journal Updates

New scope updates for PLOS NTDs

We are constantly evolving to ensure the journal reflects the voice, values and priorities of the researchers we serve. To better represent our communities in 2021, we announce a new expanded journal scope to include several new additions that widen the breadth of diseases featured in the journal.

More preprint options for authors

Along with PLOS ONE and PLOS Medicine, PLOS NTDs now offers authors the option to have their manuscript automatically forwarded to the medicine-focused preprint server medRxiv for posting as a preprint.

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From the NTDs community

We partnered with the group Herminthology to promote the work of female parasitologists publishing in the journal and the work of our dedicated editors.

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PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases is thriving despite the pandemic’s impact on human health and its disruption of our activities. Despite unprecedented delays with travel, access to field sites, laboratories and scientific meetings, your commitment and efforts ensured that the journal advanced resiliently this past year. The number of published articles rose, our editorial board membership expanded and increased in diversity, and we expanded the journal’s scope. We take this opportunity to sincerely thank our contributors and our board members. We look forward to hearing about your research advances, breakthroughs, and your progress towards our shared goal of reducing the burden of neglected tropical diseases in this new year.

Shaden Kamhawi

Shaden Kamhawi, Editor-in-Chief

Paul Brindley

Paul Brindley, Editor-in-Chief

Editor Updates


New Deputy Editors


New Associate Editors

Our Editorial Board members are working scientists who strive to support our community and make significant advances in their fields and the study of NTDs. Read noteworthy accomplishments PLOS NTDs editors achieved in 2021. 

  • Our founding Editor-in-Chief Peter J. Hotez received the 2021 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation David E. Rogers Award for his tireless work combating neglected tropical diseases. You can read about the award here.
  • Deputy Editor Margaret A. Phillips was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Deputy Editor Makedonka Mitreva was awarded the Bailey K. Ashford Medal at TropMed21. 
  • Deputy Editor Paul Newton was named an ASTMH Distinguished International Fellow.
  • Editors Patricia Aguilar, Sasisekhar Bennuru, Jessica Fairley, Peter Fischer, and Desiree LaBeaud were named to the 2021 class of ASTMH Fellows.
  • DE Christy Petersen was the 2021 ASTMH Scientific Program Chair. 

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Updated Collections

Our collection Innovations for the Elimination and Control of Visceral Leishmaniasis continues to grow with more papers added in September of 2021.

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