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When you choose to publish with PLOS, your research makes an impact. Make your work accessible to all, without restrictions, and accelerate scientific discovery with options like preprints and published peer review that make your work more Open.

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.

Looking for exciting work in your field?

Discover top cited Public Health & Epidemiology papers from recent years.


PLOS ONE is launching a new influenza collection that will focus on every level of influenza prevention. Our panel of expert Guest Editors invite you to submit your research articles by April 9, 2021 to be considered for this collection.

Epidemics on the move: climate change and infectious disease

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.

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How can we increase adoption of open research practices?
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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
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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. 

Paucity of research about vaccines and immunization at my country and the regional contexts led me to choose publishing my articles and reports in open access journals and to post preprints during the publication process to ensure sharing my experiences with other researchers as well as spreading knowledge to help in developing future strategies at communication and programs levels.
Majdi M. Sabahelzain
Department of Public Health, School of Health Sciences, Ahfad University for Women, Omdurman, Sudan, Department of Health Promotion, Care and Public Health Research Institute (CAPHRI), Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands
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