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Advances in Clinical Trial Design for Development of New Treatments for Tuberculosis

This PLOS Special Collection assembles a series of articles on current reflections and describes essential new steps in clinical research that will pave the way for the development of tomorrow’s optimal treatment for all forms of TB.

High Quality Health Systems

This PLOS Special Collection features a range of research papers on the measurement, improvement, and ethics of health system quality. 

malERA - An updated research agenda for malaria elimination and eradication

‘malERA Refresh’ is a research and development agenda that accelerates progress towards malaria elimination and eradication. This PLOS Collection sets out a multi-disciplinary agenda for research, development and innovation.

Trafficking, Exploitation and Health

This PLOS Special Collection offers evidence and expert commentary to urge health professionals to treat trafficking as a global health determinant.

Dementia: Across the Lifespan & Around the Globe

PLOS Medicine announce a Special Issue on Dementia, guest edited by Carol Brayne and Bruce Miller.

Traumatic Injury

PLOS Medicine announce a Special Issue on Traumatic Injury, guest edited by Professor Karim Brohi and Dr Martin Schreiber.

The Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections

The collection, published in collaboration with WHO, focuses on global policy and systems aiming to achieve control of STIs and mitigation of their adverse effects on health.

Minimally Invasive Autopsy

A collection of research into minimally invasive autopsy for cause of death determination in high burden settings.

Social Medicine in the 21st Century

PLOS Medicine’s October 2006 issue contained a special collection of eleven magazine articles and five research papers devoted entirely to social medicine.

Advances in HIV Prevention, Treatment and Cure

PLOS Medicine announce a Special Issue on HIV, guest edited by Professor Linda-Gail Bekker, Dr Stephen G. Deeks and Professor Sharon Lewin.

Diabetes Prevention

PLOS Medicine announce a Special Issue on Diabetes Prevention, guest edited by Professors Nick Wareham & William Herman. 

Translating the Cancer Genome

PLOS Medicine announce a Special Issue on Translating the Cancer Genome, guest edited by Dr Elaine R Mardis & Dr Marc Ladanyi. 

Real-Time Monitoring of Under-Five Mortality

The results of a five-year program of research focused on improving the measurement of short-term changes in neonatal and child mortality in low-resource settings.

WHO Estimates of the Global Burden of Foodborne Diseases

Illness and death from diseases caused by contaminated food are a constant threat to public health and a significant impediment to socio-economic development worldwide. This collection reports the first estimates of the incidence, mortality, and disease burden caused by 31 foodborne hazards.

PLOS Medicine Cancer Research

This Open Access collection of PLOS Medicine articles represents the full spectrum of clinically relevant cancer research and commentary, from translational to clinical to epidemiological.

The Global Challenges of Noncommunicable Diseases

This collection brings together research and commentary published in PLOS Medicine that examines the global challenges and opportunities for addressing noncommunicable disease around the world.

Reporting Guidelines

Highlighting articles including guidance, commentary, and related research on reporting guidelines. This collection features some of the many resources available to facilitate the rigorous reporting of scientific studies, and to improve the presentation and evaluation of published studies.

Monitoring Universal Health Coverage

13 country case studies, five technical reviews and an overview describe a global framework for monitoring progress towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Bank Group.

Focus on Delivery and Scale: Achieving HIV Impact with Sex Workers

Up-to-date analyses on both the influence of direct and indirect intervention programmes aimed at interrupting the high-incidence of HIV infection amongst sex workers.

Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention: Improving Quality, Efficiency, Cost Effectiveness, and Demand for Services during an Accelerated Scale-up

This collection examines lessons learned from the scaled-up VMMC program since 2008.

Pediatric Medicine

In a commitment to increasing the evidence base for improving child health, PLOS journals publish high-quality, Open Access research and commentary on Pediatric Medicine, ensuring this crucial evidence is freely available to read and use throughout the world without restriction.

Measuring Coverage in Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health

Innovative assessments of the validity of measuring population coverage for interventions in this field, exploring issues around household surveys, assessment of health inequalities, consideration of survey error, and the generation of indicators for global monitoring.

Child Mortality Estimation Methods

In this collection of research articles and reviews the independent Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to the UN IGME introduces the group's methodological innovations in estimating child mortality.

Blue Marble Health: the mismatch between national wealth and population health

"Blue marble health" is a recent concept that recognizes a paradoxical disease burden – particularly the burden of NTDs – among poor people living in G20 and other wealthier countries.

PLOS and DNDi: A Decade of Open Access and NTD R&D

This collection showcases some of the most important papers published on R&D of drugs for neglected tropical diseases over the last decade – including papers from PLOS Medicine, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and PLOS ONE.

MHTF Year Three: Integrating Health Care to Meet the Needs of the Mother–Infant Pair

Each year the PLOS Maternal Health Task Force Project had a different focus. In Year Three, the theme was "Integrating Health Care to Meet the Needs of the Mother–Infant Pair.”

MHTF Year Two: Maternal Health is Women’s Health

Each year the PLOS Maternal Health Task Force Project had a different focus. In Year Two, the theme was "Maternal Health is Women’s Health.”

MHTF Year One: Quality of Maternal Health Care

Each year the PLOS Maternal Health Task Force Project had a different focus. In Year One, the theme was "quality of maternal health care.”

Investigating the Impact of Treatment on New HIV Infections

In November 2011 the HIV Modelling Consortium held a meeting on the cross-cutting issues of the impact of new scientific findings about HIV treatment preventing new infections. The group considered the feasibility of interventions, potential epidemiological impact, affordability and community trials.

World Health Report 2012: No Health Without Research

This collection's theme is oriented around the fact that decisions on healthcare are still made without a solid grounding in research evidence, and an impetus is required for this state of affairs to change.

Big Food

A multi-disciplinary approach, including critical perspectives from around the world, that examines and stimulates debate about the activities and influence of the food industry in global health.

Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention: The Cost, Impact, and Challenges of Accelerated Scale-Up in Southern and Eastern Africa

Can scaling up VMMC for HIV prevention Africa help prevent HIV as well as leading to substantial cost savings for countries as a result of averted treatment and care costs?

Migration & Health

Policies to protect migrants and global health have so far been hampered by inadequate policy attention and poor international coordination – PLOS Medicine investigate in this six-part series.

malERA – a research agenda for malaria eradication

The Malaria Eradication Research Agenda (malERA) initiative complements existing research agendas aimed at reducing the global burden of  malaria by malaria control, with a set of research and development priorities that identify knowledge gaps and tools needed for worldwide eradication of malaria. 

Global Health Estimates

Six articles from a series of experts provide insights and opinion on what estimates of global health indicators mean for global health and how to move forward with better data, measurement, coordination, and leadership.

Water and Sanitation

The active involvement of health professionals in hygiene, sanitation, and water supply is crucial to accelerating and consolidating progress for health – in November 2010, PLOS Medicine published a four-part series on this topic.

Are Drug Companies Living Up to Their Human Rights Responsibilities?

The PLOS Medicine Debate asks whether drug companies are living up to their human rights responsibilities.

Evaluating eHealth Collection

A three part series examining the emergence of eHealth – the use of electronic tools in delivering health care – and its benefits and challenges worldwide.

Health Consequences of the Asian Tsunami

In order to revisit the health consequences of the Asian tsunami of December 2004 six months on, PLOS Medicine commissioned a collection, published in April 2005 and later updated with new research.

Social Medicine in the 21st Century

A special collection of eleven magazine articles and five research papers devoted entirely to social medicine. The collection featured many of the leaders in the field, including Paul Farmer, Arthur Kleinman, David Satcher, Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Dorothy Porter, and Leon Eisenberg.

Grand Challenges in Global Health

In this special collection, four policy papers cover a range of ethical, social, and cultural issues related to the Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative.


The Council of Science Editors organized a Global Theme Issue on Poverty and Human Development on October 22, 2007. More than 200 science and health journals, including PLOS Medicine, PLOS Biology, and PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, participated by publishing new articles.

Mental Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Between October 2009 and February 2010 PLOS Medicine published a seven part series of articles proposing "packages of care" for mental, neurological, and substance-use disorders in low- and middle-income countries

Global Health Diplomacy

A six-part series on global health diplomacy, published by PLOS Medicine in April 2010.

Sub-Saharan Africa's Mothers, Newborns, and Children

A series of articles on maternal, newborn, and child health in sub-Saharan Africa, providing a snapshot of the health and causes of death among the region's mothers and children, reviews evidence-based solutions, and identifies high-impact opportunities for reducing maternal and child mortality.

Disease Mongering

To mark the first academic meeting on disease mongering (the "selling of sickness" in order to promote drug sales), which was held in Newcastle, Australia in April 2006, and to help provoke and inform a response to the phenomenon, PLOS Medicine commissioned a special theme issue

The Changing Nature of Global Health Institutions

A four-part series from PLOS Medicine examining the ways in which global health institutions and arrangements are changing and evolving.


Ghostwriting misrepresents authorship credit and accountability and is therefore considered unethical, dishonest, and a threat to the integrity of the medical literature.This collection gathers together research and commentary from PLOS journals on the topic of ghostwriting.