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Aneta Kostadinova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria​​​​​​​

Aims and scope

Parasites & Vectors publishes articles on the biology of parasites, parasitic diseases, intermediate hosts, vectors and vector-borne pathogens. Manuscripts published in this journal will be available to all worldwide, with no barriers to access, immediately following acceptance.

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  1. Authors: Sebastiao Rodrigo Ferreira, Alan Rodrigues T. Machado, Luís Fernando Furtado, Jose Hugo de S. Gomes, Raquel M. de Almeida, Thiago de Oliveira Mendes, Valentina N. Maciel, Fernando Sergio Barbosa, Lorendane M. Carvalho, Lilian Lacerda Bueno, Daniella Castanheira Bartholomeu, Jackson Victor de Araújo, Elida M. L. Rabelo, Rodrigo Maia de Pádua, Lucia Pinheiro Santos Pimenta and Ricardo Toshio Fujiwara

    Content type: Research

Collections open to submissions

Simparica Trio

The LCNTDR Collection: Advances in scientific research for NTD control

Annual Symposium on Canine Vector-Borne Diseases (CVBD)
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Global distribution of Taenia saginata

European helminth infection risks and reported deworming frequencies for dogs and cats

Primers in parasites and vectors

Mathematical models for parasites and vectors

Elimination of parasitic infections

Historical aspects of parasitology

Spatial inequality, infectious diseases and disease control

Contribution of climate change to the spread of infectious diseases

Human migration, conflict and infectious diseases

Published collections



Credelio for cats


SimparicaTM: Comparative Efficacy of sarolaner, a novel oral ectoparasiticide for dogs

Immunity against Leishmaniasis: host defences, immunotherapy and vaccines

Evaluation of Vector Control against West Nile Fever in Europe

Quantitative analysis of strategies to achieve the 2020 goals for neglected tropical diseases: where are we now?

A new combination of fipronil and permethrin for the control of ectoparasites of dogs

Vector-borne Diseases and Global Health

Surveillance of mosquito vectors in Europe

Planarians to Parasitism: Evolution, Development and Stem Cells in Flatworms

From Control to elimination: transmission threshold of schistosomiasis

Protozoan parasites and cell death

Aspects of parasitology in the People's Republic of China: surveillance, diagnosis, infection and immunity

Collections published in collaboration with other journals

Every day is Malaria Day

From farm to plate - make food safe

The gut-brain axis: Emerging evidence in health and disease

Co-infection and Syndemics

Rare Diseases Day 2013

Open Access Africa: Showcasing African research

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New Orleans, LA, USA. 11-13 September 2016 (Research)
Proceedings of the 15th American Heartworm Society Triennial Symposium 2016

Vienna, Austria. 11-13 July 2016 (Meeting abstracts)
Abstracts of the Fifth European Dirofilaria and Angiostrogylus Days

Cluj-Napoca, Romania. 8-11 April 2014 (Meeting abstracts)
Proceedings of the 1st Conference on Neglected Vectors and Vector-Borne Diseases (EurNegVec): with Management Committee and Working Group Meetings of the COST Action TD1303

Edited by Donato Traversa and Lourdes Mottier
Equine parasites: diagnosis and control - a current perspective

Seville, Spain. 25-28 march 2009
Proceedings of the 4th Symposium on Canine Vector-Borne Diseases

Kinetoplastid Biology & Disease and Filaria Journal

Parasites & Vectors expands upon the scope of two former BioMed Central publications, Kinetoplastid Biology and Disease and Filaria Journal, both of which ceased publication in December 2007. The full archives of these two journals remain available from the Kinetoplastid Biology and Disease and Filaria Journal websites and PubMed Central.

Odile Bain Memorial Prize 2020: Winners

We are pleased to announce that the Odile Bain Memorial Prize 2020 has been awarded to Dr. Adnan HodžićDr. Angela M. Ionică, and Dr. Alicia Rojas, for their outstanding research contributions to the field. Alicia and Angela equally shared the 2020 Prize. 

Learn more about the winners in this blog post.

15th Symposium on Companion Vector-Borne Diseases (CVBD)

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This thematic series comprises papers submitted in relation to the 15th Symposium of the CVBD® World Forum, Cologne, Germany. You can find all the new papers in the collection here.

VIII ParSCo: Announcement

New Content Item

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Scientific Committee of the Eastern Mediterranean Region VIII Parasitology Summer Course (EMR VIII ParSCO) to be held in Eshafan, Iran, announces that the course has been postponed to 8–17 June 2021. The Scientific Committee is deeply sorry for the current situation. A call for new applications will be opened in September 2020. We are looking forward to a great and successful VIII EMR ParSCo meeting!

Introducing graphical abstracts

Parasites & Vectors is happy to announce the introduction of graphical abstracts for all new submissions as of 1 August 2019 as a mandatory feature. A graphical abstract serves to attract readers' attention to the article and will appear underneath the abstract on the website, greatly enhancing the visibility of research. See the journal Submission Guidelines for more information.

Contacting Parasites & Vectors

All enquiries relating to the suitability of new submissions should be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief, Professor Aneta Kostadinova, at or For general enquiries, please contact the Editorial Office. Further information on journal sections and contacting Subject Editors may be found here.

Journal sections and Editors

Helminths and helminthic diseases
Subject Editor: Hesham Al-Mekhlafi, Jazan University, Saudi Arabia

Parasites of veterinary importance
Subject Editor: Emanuele Brianti, University of Messina, Italy

Vector-borne zoonoses and One Health
Subject Editor: Agustin Estrada Peña, University of Zaragoza, Spain

Dipteran vectors and associated diseases
Subject Editors: Indra Vythilingam, University of Malaya, Malaysia and David Weetman, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK

Protozoan biology and diseases
Subject Editor: Frank Katzer, Moredun Research Institute, UK

Parasite genetics, genomics and proteomics
Subject Editor: Xing-Quan Zhu, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China

Article collections
Subject Editor: Aneta Kostadinova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria​​​​​​​

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Primers on parasites and vectors

Submit a Primer article to 'Primers on Parasites and Vectors'. This article collection provides short, authoritative and accessible accounts that explore the basic and applied biology of selected parasites, intermediate hosts, vectors and vector-borne pathogens. Find out more here.

Community news

Professor Ivan Morrison awarded the inaugural Plowright Prize for his research combating the cattle disease East Coast Fever - 14 September 2020

In Memoriam: LSTM Professor Harold Townson (1942-2020) - 29 June 2020

Guinea Worm – the last mile - 6 May 2020

Obituary: Lord May of Oxford - 6 May 2020

Professor Keith Matthews elected Fellow of the Royal Society - 6 May 2020

Ascend West and Central Africa - Learning & Innovation Fund open! - 6 May 2020

Celebrating the first World Chagas Disease Day - 14 April 2020

Mosquito heat seeking is driven by an ancestral cooling receptor -  10 February 2020

What constitutes a neglected tropical disease? - 5 February 2020

Tropical Disease Research and Service Learning Program - Ecuador Summer 2020 - 5 March 2020

In support of World NTD Day, Henry Stewart Talks has made a series of 30 lectures focused on Neglected Tropical Diseases available without charge to certain organisations - 29 January 2020

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