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Other Article Types

Collection Overviews

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases considers Collection Overview articles within pre-planned Collections. Collection Overviews discuss the relevant history and scientific background of a Collection, and unlike Collection Reviews, they are not intended as an exhaustive summary of a particular topic, but rather aim to place the articles included in the Collection within the context of knowledge in the field.

Collection Overviews should be concise, with suitable referencing, and provide the appropriate context for the publications in the Collection.

Collection Overviews will be considered subject to prior approval by journal editors, or they may be commissioned by staff editors from the Guest Editor(s) of a Collection. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases staff editors do not consider unsolicited Collection Overviews.

In addition to publishing original research papers, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases has an engaging magazine section with dedicated editors. Articles in the magazine section will mostly be commissioned, but we welcome your ideas for articles.

Word counts for magazine-section articles are given in the descriptions below. Very long documents can be hosted as supplementary files (Supporting Information) with the magazine-section articles.

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases is no longer accepting presubmission inquiries, either through the submission system or over email. Please visit our Scope page to help inform your decision to submit, and if you aren’t sure, submit the full manuscript to the journal.

We cannot publish any data that would identify a patient unless we have the patient’s written consent. Download the consent form (also available in ChineseFrench, Portuguese, and Spanish).

All display items in magazine articles will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license.  Read more about our content license.

For more information about preparing display items, read the guidelines for figures and tables.

Editorial

These 600- to 800-word articles are written in-house by the Editor-in-Chief or a member of the Editorial Board.

Viewpoints

Viewpoints are opinion pieces grounded in evidence. The word limit is 1,500 words. Authors are encouraged to cite up to 15 references in support of their key assertions, and to use a logical structure for their piece. We encourage all authors to include a display item (a figure, photo, or illustration).

Formal Comment

Formal Comments allow authors to comment on a specific scientific study, including those published in PLOS NTDs. The journal welcomes healthy debate and discussion between scientists, therefore authors are allowed to write a Formal Comment in response to another author referencing their work. However, these exchanges are intended to be contained in a few total submissions, and to advance understanding of the topic. The Formal Comment should not be inflammatory or disrespectful in nature or tone. 

The word limit is 1,500 words. Authors are encouraged to cite up to 15 references in support of their key assertions.

Policy Platform

These articles provide a platform to discuss specific policies that could improve the lives of those at risk of, or affected by, the NTDs. New and specific policy proposals that arise from high-level national or international meetings will be considered for this section, but we will not publish traditional “meeting reports.” These articles are usually 2,000 words, with up to 25 references. In very exceptional circumstances (i.e., when the article is of particular public-health importance), we will give authors a higher word limit, but this must be negotiated with the editors ahead of writing the article. We encourage all authors to include 3-5 display items (figures, photos, illustrations).

Review

Review articles include a short abstract and a brief “Methods” section that tells readers how you searched and appraised the literature in preparing the review. The word limit is 3,000-5,000 words, with 50-80 references. Word count should not exceed 5,000 words except in very exceptional circumstances (i.e., when the article is of particular public-health importance). Authors must include two boxes:

  • A box that lists the 3-5 key learning points in their review
  • A box that lists the 5 key papers in the field

We encourage all authors to include 3-5 display items (figures, tables, photos, or illustrations).

Systematic reviews are considered research articles. Read the submission guidelines for systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Key Learning Points

Authors must include a box that lists 3-5 key learning points of the case, similar to other clinical sections of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

References

No more than 10 references.

Symposium

This section has four sub-types:

  • Laboratory Symposium
  • Clinical Symposium
  • Control Symposium
  • Social, Cultural, Economic Symposium

In each case, the article begins by presenting a short “real-world” problem or challenge, and then uses this problem as the basis for an educational piece of up to 2,000 words, with 25 references. Further details for each type of symposium are given below:

Laboratory Symposium

These are problem-based learning articles, up to 2,000 words long. They begin with a description of a “real-world” problem (not a hypothetical one), which will be in the form of a set of laboratory results (e.g., microscopy, hematology results, drug susceptibility tests, alternative diagnoses) that are interesting, illuminating, or unusual and that will appeal to the journal’s wider audience. This is then followed by a tutorial in the form of a series of questions and answers that help readers make sense of, and learn from, this set of laboratory results.

Authors must include a box that lists the 3-5 key learning points of the article. We cannot publish any data that would identify a patient unless we have the patient’s written consent, using our consent form mentioned above.

We encourage all authors to include 3-5 display items (figures, photos, illustrations).

Clinical Symposium

There are two types of article that we will publish in the Clinical Symposium section:

Case-based learning articles, up to 2,000 words long.

These begin with a description of how the patient presented, under the heading “Description of Case.” This is then followed by a tutorial in the form of clinical questions and answers interspersed with further details of the case.

Example Case-based Learning Article

Perros P (2005) A 69-Year-Old Female with Tiredness and a Persistent Tan. PLoS Med 2(8): e229. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.0020229​

The title should succinctly describe the problem but should not reveal the diagnosis (e.g., “A 17-Year-Old with Gradual Onset Blindness” or “A 45-Year-Old Woman with Chronic Itching”). Authors must obtain written consent from the patient using our consent form mentioned above. Authors must include a box that lists the 3-5 key learning points of the article. We strongly recommend that authors include examples of the patient’s investigations (e.g., imaging, electrocardiograms, a video of the patient’s clinical signs).

Case reports, up to 1,000 words long.

Case reports will not be commissioned. To inquire about submitting a case report, please email the journal. Authors must obtain written consent from the patient using our consent form mentioned above. We will publish only cases that contain a valuable lesson or clinical reminder, and authors must include a box that lists the 3-5 key learning points of the article.  

Example Case Report

Wah MFLC, Wah LSHLC (2004) Generalized Seizure in a Mauritian Woman Taking Bupropion. PLoS Med 1(1): e15. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.0010015

We strongly recommend that authors include examples of the patient’s investigations (e.g., imaging, electrocardiograms, a video of the patient’s clinical signs).

Control Symposium

These are problem-based learning articles, up to 2,000 words long. They begin with a description of a “real-world” disease control challenge (i.e., at the community level, not the individual level). This is then followed by a tutorial in the form of a series of questions and answers that help readers understand how to tackle this type of control problem. Authors must include a box that lists the 3-5 key learning points of the article. We cannot publish any data that would identify a patient unless we have the patient’s written consent, using our consent form mentioned above. We encourage all authors to include 3-5 display items (figures, photos, illustrations).

Social, Cultural, Economic Symposium

These are problem-based learning articles, up to 2,000 words long. They begin with a description of a “real-world” scenario with social, cultural, or economic implications. Examples include: the case of a woman with lymphatic filariasis whose family is too afraid to touch her; an African community that declines to allow mass drug administration because of culturally based suspicions of “Western” medicine; the case of a man blinded by trachoma or onchocerciasis who can no longer provide for his family; or the case of a boy with chronic hookworm infection with chronic stunting and cognitive difficulties. The description of the scenario is then followed by a tutorial in the form of a series of questions and answers that help readers understand how to approach such social, cultural, and economic concerns.

Authors must include a box that lists the 3-5 key learning points of the article. We cannot publish any data that would identify a patient unless we have the patient’s written consent, using our consent form mentioned above. We encourage all authors to include 3-5 display items (figures, photos, illustrations).