There will be a launch ceremony in Beijing on 2 November, at the Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research. The inaugural issue focuses on the health system framework for controlling infectious diseases of poverty, discussing treatment strategies and innovative programmes which provide a link between policy level and academic research. In particular the article, Infectious disease emergence and global change: thinking systemically in a shrinking world by Colin D Butler, challenges some of the current dogmas and gives a new perspective on global change and emerging infectious diseases.
The journal will publish original work on the control of infectious diseases which affect mainly poor populations. 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 applications. Transdisciplinary or multisectoral effects on health systems, ecohealth, environmental management, and innovative technology are also considered.
Michaela Torkar, Editorial Director, BioMed Central says, “BioMed Central is thrilled to be working together with the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases (NIPD) to publish Infectious Diseases of Poverty as a new open access journal. The highly-esteemed editorial group and the increased availability of information through open access, combine to make the journal the perfect setting for improving our understanding of the relationship between infectious diseases and poverty.”
Further leveraging the exposure provided by open access, article abstracts are translated into the six official working languages of the United Nations, thanks to an agreement with Translators without Borders.
The Editor-in-Chief Professor Xiao-Nong Zhou, Director of the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases, China CDC, writes in the editorial of the inaugural issue: “The Infectious Diseases of Poverty journal aims to build on the “One health, One world” approach recommended by the Global Report for Research on Infectious Diseases of Poverty, which was published in April by TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases. The new journal welcomes all groups who are engaged in research on infectious diseases — scientific investigators, academic societies, physicians, decision makers, research funders, patient advocacy groups, educational organizations. Welcome and join us!”
Ruth King, Publisher at BioMed Central