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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.

Spotlight

Determinants, Consequences and Management of Obesity

PLOS Medicine and PLOS ONE are calling for submissions to bring together researchers and clinicians devoted to caring for people with obesity and its multiple co-morbidities. Submissions should be of broad interest to health practitioners and present research that helps to advance clinical practice or health policy. This shared Collection will also highlight strategies to prevent, manage or treat obesity along with its related co-morbidities.

Coming Soon

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  • Liver Diseases 
    PLOS ONE

  • Primary and Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease 
    PLOS ONE

 

Now Open

 

Medicine & Health Sciences

Determinants, Consequences and Management of Obesity

PLOS Medicine & PLOS ONE

 

Cancer Metastasis

PLOS ONE

 

Visceral Leishmaniasis

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Biology & Life Sciences

Coming soon!

Earth & Environmental Sciences

Microbial Ecology of Changing Environments

PLOS ONE

 

Plant Phenomics and Precision Agriculture

PLOS ONE

Physics, Chemistry & Materials

Open Soft Robotics Research

PLOS ONE

 


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: February 20, 2020

PLOS ONE

 

Collection publishing: February 20, 2020

PLOS Biology PLOS ONE

 

Collection publishing: February 27, 2020

PLOS Biology PLOS ONE

 

Collection publishing: March 2020

PLOS Medicine

 

Collection publishing: March 2020

PLOS ONE & PLOS Pathogens

 

Collection publishing: To Be Announced 2020

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases PLOS ONE

 

Collection publishing: To Be Announced 2020

PLOS Medicine

 

Collection publishing: April 2020

PLOS ONE

 

Collection publishing: April 2020

PLOS Biology, PLOS Computational Biology PLOS ONE

 

Collection publishing: Spring 2020

PLOS ONE

 

Collection publishing: Spring 2020

PLOS ONE

 

Collection publishing: Spring 2020

PLOS ONE

 

Collection publishing: Spring 2020

PLOS ONE

 

Collection publishing: Spring 2020

PLOS ONE

 

Collection publishing: Spring 2020

PLOS ONE

 

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Published

The Microbiome Across Biological Systems

Microbiomes are complex communities of bacteria, fungi, archaea, viruses, and microscopic eukaryotic organisms that can inhabit diverse environments, from the human gut, to soil, to even the atmosphere. These communities can impact an equally wide range of processes, including human brain development, pathogen virulence, and ecosystem nutrient cycling. New technologies and methods for studying microbiomes—their composition, formation, and how they influence their surroundings—are constantly emerging and researchers are only just starting to untangle these complex interactions. PLOS ONE and PLOS Biology are excited to publish a shared Collection on the topic of microbiomes across biological systems.


Science of Stories

Stories have the power to shape our identities and worldviews. They can be factual or fictional, text-based or visual and can take many forms—from novels and non-fiction to conspiracy theories, rumors and disinformation. This Collection includes primary research papers that propose innovative, data-driven approaches to understanding stories and their impact, on such topics as the nature of narrative and narrative thinking, methods to extract stories from datasets and datasets from stories, the role of narrative in science communication, and the transformative power of stories.


Future Crops

From the utilisation of neglected crop species and wild relatives to the engineering of enhanced pest resistance, and from analysis of weed competition to improved modelling approaches for plant breeding, this Collection brings together timely research into the many routes to improved crop production. The diverse selection of articles highlights important developments across the breadth of crop science.


Antimicrobial Resistance

An increasingly pressing public health issue, antimicrobial resistance currently imposes a high burden on health care systems globally and is projected to have a significant and worsening impact in the coming decades. To highlight current research, PLOS Biology, PLOS Medicine, and PLOS ONE have launched a Call for Papers focusing on antimicrobial resistance in all microorganisms.


Autophagy and Proteostasis

The importance of proteostasis is becoming increasingly apparent as disrupted proteostasis and dysregulation of the proteostasis network and autophagy is associated with aging and many age-associated diseases. The papers in this Collection provide insight into the molecular and cellular machinery and mechanisms that regulate autophagy and other proteostasis pathways.


Urban Ecosystems

Urban ecosystems occur at the nexus between urbanisation, microclimate, natural resources, organisms and human societies, and PLOS ONE recognises the significance of research that makes connections across these dynamic and complex systems. From the effects of urbanisation on the ecology of urban biota to the social benefits of urban biodiversity, and from the influence of the built environment on global climate change to innovation in microclimatic monitoring, this call for papers aims to bring together diverse perspectives on the physical, biological and social functioning of urban ecosystems.


Targeted Anticancer Therapies and Precision Medicine in Cancer

While the rate of death from cancer has been declining since the 1990s, an estimated 9.6 million people died from cancer in 2018, making it the second-leading cause of death worldwide. There is clearly still an unmet need to improve cancer detection and bring new treatment options to patients. These articles in this Collection represent diverse facets of ongoing efforts in this area, where general knowledge of cancers serves to inform individual patient’s care, and - at the same time - particulars from individual cancer cases contribute to improved resolution of our general knowledge pool.


Substance Use, Misuse, and Dependence: Prevention and Treatment

Substance use and misuse affect people worldwide, of all ages and from all walks of life, resulting in a substantial burden of ill health and mortality, and presenting big challenges in prevention and treatment. Our goal for this Collection is to bring together clinicians and researchers from all the specialties involved in caring for people and communities impacted by substance use disorder, to stimulate research and strengthen the knowledge and expertise to combat the consequences of substance use and misuse.


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.