PLoS NTDs: Providing Access to Innovation for the World’s Poor
This month’s editorial in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases introduces Serap Aksoy, who steps up as Editor-in-Chief alongside Peter Hotez. Together they examine the articles being submitted to the journal, and the different ways in which the impact and quality of the journal can be measured.
Here’s an excerpt:
… It is clear that our community journal is moving in the right direction and in some cases has already achieved some of its goals. Article submissions to the journal have been steadily increasing from throughout the world, with roughly one-half from “the North,” i.e., the United States, Canada, and Europe (and also Australia), and the other half from “the South,” i.e. Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia.
… The observation that almost one-half of our article submissions come from the NTD-endemic countries is especially gratifying. Brazil now accounts for the second largest number of article submissions, behind the United States. Submissions from Brazil have been extremely high in quality and cover a wide range of topics, from molecular pathogenesis and clinical aspects to epidemiology and policy.