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PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases

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The Public Library of Science (PLoS) has created PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, said to be the first open-access journal devoted to the world’s most neglected diseases. The journal will focus on the overlooked diseases that strike millions of people every year in poor countries, including elephantiasis, river blindness, leprosy, hookworm, schistosomiasis, and African sleeping sickness. The journal, supported by a $1.1m grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will begin accepting submissions in 2007.

PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases plans to publish high-quality, rigorously peer-reviewed research on all scientific, medical, and public health aspects of neglected tropical diseases, including public policy studies. It will also include a magazine section containing commentaries, reviews, features, analyses, and debates.