Infectious Diseases of Poverty was launched on 25th October 2012 at the 2nd Global Symposium on Health Systems Research held in Beijing. The journal aims to publish interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research that specifically addresses essential public health questions relating to infectious diseases of poverty. These include various aspects of the biology of pathogens and vectors, diagnosis and detection, treatment and case management, epidemiology and modeling, zoonotic hosts and animal reservoirs, control strategies and implementation, new technologies and application.
To date, the journal has published four thematic series: one covering the historical development of medical parasitology in China, a second covering surveillance and response to infectious diseases of poverty, a third covering co-infection and syndemics, and a fourth covering health systems research for infectious diseases of poverty. All four series have encouraged research on exploring novel and transdisciplinary approaches that have potential application to resource-limited settings with the aim of providing health interventions for the poorest populations.
The journal has published 41 articles including an Editorial co-authored by Editor-in-Chief Professor Xiao-Nong Zhou, Director of the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The Editorial, entitled ‘Combating infectious diseases of poverty: a year on,’ details the milestone achievements of the journal during its first year of publication and addresses some of the main priorities in the Global Report for Research on Infectious Diseases of Poverty. The ‘One health-One world’ mission is of particular importance, which emphasizes breaking the cycle between poverty and infectious diseases. The majority of the editorial board for Infectious Diseases of Poverty also have experience serving the think tank in WHO/TDR for the Global Report.
The Editorial further details the percentage of articles published during the first year and notes that submissions have been received from 39 countries, including several countries with a low- and middle-income economic status. Authors in these regions understand the benefit of the open access model , which allows for the broad dissemination of research into the population. Authors of accepted submissions do not need to pay an article processing charge as the publication costs are currently covered by the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.