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Plasmodium vivax: New Discoveries, Protocols, and Challenges

Call for Papers

Malaria accounts for ~250 million clinical cases and nearly 1 million deaths every year. In general, most of the research efforts focused on malaria control and elimination are directed against Plasmodium falciparum that causes severe and fatal malaria. The second most important malaria parasite P. vivax practically gets less attention in research as well as in-field malaria control operations. Thus, the researchers working on P. vivax sometimes feel that their research efforts remain neglected and unseen.

P. vivax is the most widely distributed malaria parasite that causes around 80 million to 300 million clinical cases every year with up to 2.5 billion people at risk. Despite vast epidemiological and social impact, this species remains underrepresented in the scientific literature. This special issue aims to highlight the recent advances in P. vivax research in order to identify the crucial knowledge gaps in understanding the species biology and pathogenesis and developing control strategies.

The special issue seeks to draw together the P. vivax research from laboratory, clinic, or field. We welcome the original research articles; however, the comprehensive review articles describing the progress and obstacles in studying P. vivax malaria as a whole will be encouraged. Submissions covering any aspect of P. vivax research are welcome.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Genomics/infectious differences between P. falciparum and P. vivax
  • Host–parasite interactions
  • Drug resistance and clinical studies
  • In-field efforts in P. vivax diagnosis, treatment, and control
  • Molecular epidemiology and population genetics
  • Vaccine related research

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 27 July 2018
Publication DateDecember 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

Lead Guest Editor

  • Bhavna Gupta, ICMR-Vector Control Research Center, Tamil Nadu, India

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