Welcome to the Early Detection and Minimal Residual Disease Call for Papers


Special Issue:

Cancer Advances: Clinically Applicable Insights into Early Detection and Minimal Residual Disease

PLOS Medicine is committed to publishing the highest caliber medical research and getting your work in front of the medical community.

Deadline October 23, 2020


Guest Editors

Charles Swanton

The Francis Crick Institute
United Kingdom

Sarah Jane Dawson

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Chris Abbosh

University College London
United Kingdom

Scope and topics

Research estimates that the number of cancer cases has reached 17.2 million with 8.9 million of those cases resulting in death. Our expert Guest Editors are eager to create this Special Issue with the aim of helping the cancer research community to reduce the global mortality rate and develop areas in new technologies for early tumor detection, such as the detection of minimal residual disease.

Our panel of Guest Editors will consider high-quality translational and clinical studies, and prioritize research articles likely to inform clinical advances for patients.

Example Topics

Translational and clinical research

Cancer research

Cancer prognosis

Cancer metastasis

Cancer detection


DNA sequencing

Circulating tumor DNA

early cancer detection Research at PLOS Medicine



PLOS Medicine papers published on early detection and minimal residual disease

60 Days

to First Decision on average


citations of PLOS Medicine Early detection papers (135 per paper)


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Mention the Early Detection and Minimal Residual Disease Special Issue in your cover letter. The paired Special Issue will publish Spring 2021.


Journal Information

PLOS Medicine publishes impactful articles on medical, clinical, environmental, social and political determinants of health and associated outcomes. Submissions should directly and substantially inform clinical practice or health policy, and be relevant to a broad international audience.

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