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Parasites are one of the most prevalent groups of organisms on the planet. Every multicellular free-living animal plays host to an ecto- or endo-parasite of some sort, and indeed most hosts are polyparasitised. The sheer diversity of parasitic organisms, the inhospitable niches they occupy, and the strategies they have developed to hijack various host physiological processes are nothing short of awe-inspiring. We have known for millennia that these parasites cause all manner of pathologies and diseases, and exact a devastating toll on humans, animals, and plants. Only recently, however, have we discovered that the coevolution of host and parasite is so intimate and exquisite that some parasites unwittingly confer a health benefit to the infected host. Frontiers in Parasitology is a new peer-reviewed and open-access journal devoted to all aspects of parasitology and parasitism and ensures that the most exciting, novel, and cutting-edge research in the field is widely disseminated through rigorously peer-reviewed forum. We welcome papers on socially and economically important parasites and host-parasite relationships that impact humans, animals, and plants. In particular, we encourage the submission of papers dealing with the five broad specialty areas that we have launched, notably (i) epidemiology and ecology, (ii) molecular and cellular parasitology, (iii) therapeutics and diagnostics, (iv) immunity and immune evasion, and (v) parasitology omics. As the journal matures, we will include additional specialty areas to ensure that all the various disciplines that are relevant to parasitology and parasitologists are represented. Parasitology is arguably more relevant today than ever, hence the need for an open-access journal that covers all areas of the discipline yet retains high ethical and academic standards. Sadly, many of the most economically and socially important parasites 100 years ago still cause untold devastation today. Indeed, global warming presents a new threat to the planet by directly impacting the distribution of some parasites and their definitive and intermediate hosts, as well as their vectors. Frontiers in Parasitology is particularly interested in receiving articles that convey the importance of the discipline through the novel and mechanistically advanced concepts of broad appeal. The journal will promote the publication of robust and reproducible science, with an emphasis on multi-disciplinary studies that address the most important questions and challenges in parasitology. We are keen to promote the involvement of early- and mid-career researchers at both editorial and authorship levels, and we believe that the Frontiers interactive review platform will facilitate positive and respectful interactions that ensure a fair but rigorous peer-review process. Through unsolicited submissions as well as carefully selected Research Topics, we aim to create the go-to forum for the most cutting-edge concepts in parasitology. While we aim to be as inclusive as possible and ensure diversity at all levels, priority will be afforded to papers with wide-reaching implications as opposed to studies of narrow and/or limited geographic focus. The journal will publish a broad variety of publication formats; please refer to the author guidelines for details on specific article types and the submission process. I hope you will join our stellar editorial board in this exciting new Frontiers community, and we welcome the opportunity to publish your very best research.
Short Name: Front. Parasitol.
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Frontiers in Parasitology is composed of the following Specialty Sections:
The specialty sections of Frontiers in Parasitology welcome submission of the following article types: Brief Research Report, Case Report, Classification, Clinical Trial, Correction, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Review, Systematic Review and Technology and Code.
When submitting a manuscript to Frontiers in Parasitology, authors must submit the material directly to one of the specialty sections. Manuscripts are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the respective specialty section.
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