PLOS Calls for Papers

Showcase your research in a topical and timely PLOS Collection. Our journals partner with experienced Guest Editors to call for papers from the research community. The Guest Editors select articles for inclusion in the finished Collection or Special Issue.


Neuroscience of Reward and Decision Making

An interdisciplinary approach to research into the neural underpinnings of both reward and decision making has begun to advance our understanding of these complex processes. PLOS ONE and PLOS Biology invite you to submit your work on the neural basis of reward and decision making, including research in both human and animal subjects. Research in this area may also improve our understanding of how these mechanisms go awry in neuropsychiatric disorders.

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  • Blood-Brain Barrier

Now Open


Medicine & Health Sciences

Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease


Enteric Infections

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases


Stem Cell Plasticity in Tissue Repair and Regeneration



Biology & Life Sciences

Neuroscience of Reward and Decision Making


The Microbiome Across Biological Systems

PLOS BiologyPLOS Pathogens & PLOS ONE

Antifungal Immunity

PLOS Pathogens

Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Disease Dynamics

PLOS BiologyPLOS Computational Biology & PLOS ONE

Life in Extreme Environments


Microbes & Host Cell Membrane Interactions

PLOS Pathogens & PLOS ONE

Biodiversity Conservation


Earth & Environmental Sciences

Future Crops


Plastics in the Environment


Physics, Chemistry & Materials

Photovoltaic Solar Cell Materials - Design, Fabrication and Testing


Closed Calls

The deadlines for these Calls for Papers have now passed, but we always welcome your research in any of these areas.

Collection publishing: December 2019



Collection publishing: November 2019

PLOS Medicine & PLOS ONE


Collection publishing: November 2019



Collection publishing: November 2019

PLOS Computational Biology PLOS ONE


Collection publishing: November 2019



Collection publishing: December 10, 2019

PLOS Medicine, PLOS Biology, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases & PLOS ONE


Collection publishing: December 2019

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases PLOS ONE


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Maternal and Child Health & Nutrition

In many parts of the world maternal and child health outcomes are increasingly impacted by indirect causes, many of which are related to nutrition. Women with diabetes, anemia or who are overweight are at a higher risk of childbirth-related complications. Their newborns, in turn, are also at a higher risk of experiencing adverse health outcomes later in life. With nearly one in three persons suffering from at least one form of malnutrition in the world – from undernutrition to obesity via diet-related non-communicable diseases – and infant nutrition being crucial particularly in the first 1,000 days of life, this PLOS Medicine and PLOS ONE Collection highlights the importance of nutrition for maternal and child health.

New Tools and Strategies for Tuberculosis Diagnosis, Care, and Elimination

As the leading infectious cause of death worldwide, TB demands an urgent response that will realistically enable its elimination. Despite increases in funding for TB prevention and care in recent years, progress still lags behind targets for the WHO’s End TB Strategy. This PLOS Medicine special issue focuses on new approaches to fighting and ending TB, including discovery and validation of novel biomarkers and diagnostic technologies, development of new treatments, testing of vaccines, and implementation studies of new strategies for diagnosis and treatment of TB.

Machine Learning in Health and Biomedicine

Modern statistical modeling techniques—often called machine learning—are posited as a transformative force for human health. High-profile reports of diagnostic success demonstrate promise, but head-to-head comparisons to classical analyses of clinical data indicate that restraint is warranted. In this Collection, PLOS ONE, PLOS Computational Biology, and PLOS Medicine feature research that applies machine learning methods to health and biomedicine. These articles will be accompanied by expert commentary on the application, impact, and ethics of these approaches.

Open Biomaterials Research

From drug delivery to artificial organs, the design, development, and characterization of biomaterials opens countless avenues for improved medical therapeutics and diagnostics. As the importance of biomaterials research for healthcare grows, so does the need for the corresponding results to be open, well-reported and reproducible. In this PLOS ONE collection, we bring together the biomedical and materials science research communities, to foster interdisciplinary exchange on a wide range of topics and on questions of reporting standards and openness in the field of biomaterials.

Open Quantum Computation and Simulation

Quantum computation and simulation have seen enormous progress in the past few years. Leaps in number and quality of experimentally available qubits, innovations in quantum software and an increasing versatility in simulating quantum matter and quantum systems, nourish the expectation that soon quantum computers and simulators will be able to solve practically relevant problems. In this collection PLOS ONE hopes to encourage greater transparency and reproducibility in research through open availability of source code.