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Infectious Diseases (FMID) provides an attractive publication platform for high quality research addressing the microbiology of human infectious diseases. This specialty section is interested in the broad spectrum of interactions between microbes and their mammalian hosts, from dysbiotic conditions to “classical” and newly-emerging infectious diseases caused by microorganisms (bacteria, fungi and parasites). Reports on viruses as causal agents of disease will only be considered if infections occur as mixed infections or superinfections with bacterial, fungal and parasitic pathogens. The FMID section strives to communicate manuscripts that enhance our understanding of the dynamic interplay between microbial pathogens and their hosts at the cellular and molecular levels, with the human host being the focus of this section.
Infectious microorganisms covered in this section comprise food-, soil-, water- and vector-borne as well as opportunistic causal agents of disease recruited from the natural flora (microbiota) or the environment including domesticated animal hosts and wildlife (zoonotic agents), but only if they are indicated to cause disease in the human host.
Manuscripts that employ cellular, molecular, biochemical and biophyscial approaches to decipher aspects of microbial or parasitic virulence and host immune responses, including studies in suitable mammalian models are welcome, including those addressing the molecular bases of emergence and evolution of pathogens.
Manuscripts containing genome-wide omics datasets (transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics) and data on microbiota in host-pathogen interactions require functional and experimental validation of key results in cellular or whole animal models to justify in-depth evaluation by external reviewers.
Further, manuscripts in the following topics will not be considered for publication:
• Diagnostic methods and procedures enabling pathogen identification that lack benchmarking or validation data with clinical samples or manuscripts that merely optimize existing diagnostic methods.
• FMID does not publish Case Reports or Clinical Trials.
• Manuscripts on pathogen surveillance, prevention, treatment or epidemiology. These topics are considered by Frontiers in Medicine and Frontiers in Public Health, specialty section Infectious Diseases – Surveillance, Prevention and Treatment.
• Infections by viruses only and their associated human diseases should be submitted to the Virology, specialty section of Frontiers in Microbiology.
• Veterinary infections by viruses or microbial pathogens are considered by relevant sections in Frontiers in Veterinary Science.
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Infectious Diseases welcomes submissions of the following article types: Correction, Editorial, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge and Technology and Code.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Infectious Diseases, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
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