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PLOS NTDs Year in Review

2020 was a year of growth for PLOS NTDs. We welcomed over 135 new editors and published important research that made an impact in the global Covid-19 conversation. Discover journal updates, a message from the Editors-in-Chief, top papers, and more.



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The journal continues to prosper. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases not only now wears a sported new color palette and look, the editorial board expanded substantially, with numerous additional Deputy Editors and Associate Editors (a 158% increase in Deputy Editors!), along with a new co-EiC. Expansions in the scope of the journal, and clearly expanded interest from the scientific community and, in spite of the pandemic-enforced disruption, have seen a marked increase in submitted manuscripts. As of December 2020, PLOS NTDs received 1,787 submissions and has published 783 papers. 

We take pleasure in this opportunity to acknowledge the contributors — authors, reviewers, and editors — for the input and dedication to our (journal) community, and to thank them for their dedication to the neglected tropical diseases community. These efforts have ensured that this has been a fruitful year at the journal, despite the obvious Covid19 related impediments. We look forward to continued advances and success in the new year.”

Shaden Kamhawi

Shaden Kamhawi, Editor-in-Chief

Paul Brindley

Paul Brindley, Editor-in-Chief



New Deputy Editors


Guest Editors promoted to Associate Editors


New Associate Editors

This year, we officially welcomed Paul Brindley as co-Editor-in-Chief in January!

Paul is a delight to work with and we are very happy to have him.
You can read the official announcement here.

Paul Brindley

The journal received a swell of COVID-19 manuscripts and we are so grateful to the editors and reviewers for their work on expediting these papers as much as possible. 

We maintained a bond with WHO during this time, sending WHO copies of original research as we received it, and encouraged authors to post preprints where appropriate.


COVID-19 submissions

ASTMH/Trop Med 2020: We virtually attended ASTMH/Trop Med this year and enjoyed seeing many of our editors’ sessions. We plan to incorporate much of what we learned from the community for 2021. Read about our conference experience here.

Looking Ahead...

We are looking forward to 2021, and have some exciting things planned, including:

  • A brand new Editor Center, to house editor resources and information
  • A revamped Front Matter section, led by former Editor-in-Chief Serap Aksoy
  • Bringing on even more editors at all levels

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