Neglected Tropical Diseases Gender and Equity Research: A PLOS Cross-Journal Call for Papers

– The submission deadline for this Call for Papers has been extended to July 1, 2019 –

– Call for Papers for a PLOS Cross-Journal Collection –

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affect some of the poorest and most disenfranchised populations in the world. By their very definition, NTDs are often overlooked in large-scale interventions and public health policy considerations. Yet the combined burden of these infections is considerable.

The global burden of NTDs is largely confined to low- and middle-income countries, where healthcare resources can be limited. Additionally, many other social or geographical factors influence the treatment and prevention of NTDs.

Despite progress in gender equality in recent decades, gender roles and relations continue to shape health experiences at the community level, access to health services and the ways in which health systems function. To fully explore why this is the case, PLOS ONE and PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have launched a call for papers on NTDs Gender and Equity Research that address the importance of addressing gender and sex in NTDs research, policy, practice and program delivery.

Gender and sex remain prominent factors affecting access to health care, despite much progress in gender equality in recent decades. To fully explore why this is the case, PLOS ONE and PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have launched a call for papers on NTD Gender and Equity Research that address the importance of gender and sex as considerations in the context of NTDs.

As outlined in the Editorial from PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases we are encouraging submissions that:

  1. Utilize a gender lens to assess the risk of disease exposure and the intersection with social and structural determinants of NTD infection and morbidity. These determinants may include water and sanitation, housing and clustering, environmental factors, migration, disasters and conflicts, sociocultural factors, or poverty, to name a few.
  2. Address sex or gender-associated health or social outcomes of NTDs, including the ways in which gender and other axes of inequity shape individual or household-level indicators of well-being relevant to NTD programs.
  3. Address gender at all levels of the NTD workforce and/or the leadership of NTD-oriented programs and organizations. This may include a focus on community drug distributors, research study staff, NTD program leadership, regional and global agencies, or other relevant workforce participants and the strengths and weaknesses of associated NTD programs.
  4. Address gender and equity in NTD program delivery including mass drug administration coverage, utilization of water and sanitation resources, vector control interventions, and access to disease management services for morbidity, disability, or mental health services.
  5. Address strategies to tailor NTD outreach programs to meet the gender-specific needs and priorities of specific targeted populations.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to July 1, 2019. Submissions will be handled by a specially selected group of Academic Editors. Articles that are accepted for publication and which fall within the scope for this call for papers will be published in a dedicated collection due to launch later this year.

To contribute your research to this Call for Papers, please submit your manuscript to one of the PLOS journals below. Please take note of the submission guidelines for each journal, which may have additional requirements, in addition to the scope above.

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases publishes research devoted to the pathology, epidemiology, prevention, treatment and control of the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), as well as public policy relevant to this group of diseases. To be considered for publication in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, any given manuscript must satisfy criteria including: originality; importance and relevance to researchers, practitioners, or policy makers in the field of NTDs; and interest for researchers or practitioners outside the field.

PLOS ONE accepts scientifically rigorous research, regardless of novelty. PLOS ONE’s broad scope provides a platform to publish primary research, including interdisciplinary and replication studies, as well as negative results. The journal’s publication criteria are based on high ethical standards and the rigor of the methodology and conclusions reported.

Papers illustrating the Collection scope

Guerra-Silveira F, Abad-Franch F. Sex Bias in Infectious Disease Epidemiology: Patterns and Processes. PLoS ONE. 2013;8(4).

Bennis I, Belaid L, Brouwere VD, Filali H, Sahibi H, Boelaert M. “The mosquitoes that destroy your face”. Social impact of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in South-eastern Morocco, A qualitative study. Plos One. 2017;12(12).

Tsegay G, Deribe K, Deyessa N, Addissie A, Davey G, Cooper M, et al. I should not feed such a weak woman. Intimate partner violence among women living with podoconiosis: A qualitative study in northern Ethiopia. Plos One. 2018;13(12).


Meet the Editors

Arianna Means

Guest Editor, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Dr. Arianna Means focuses on generating operational evidence needed to improve the delivery of routine primary healthcare programs in low and middle-income countries, both within health facilities and in communities. She leads implementation science activities for several neglected tropical disease and gut health studies in low-and-middle income countries, with a particular emphasis on using mixed-methods to identify drivers of evidence-based treatment coverage including gender dynamics and other indicators of social equity. A trained epidemiologist and implementation scientist, Arianna teaches a number of implementation science courses at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, USA.


Sally Theobald

Guest Editor, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Professor Sally Theobald is Chair in Social Science and International Health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. She has a disciplinary background of geography and development studies and a PhD in Gender, Health and Development. She is a social scientist with over 25 years’ experience of collaborative research projects focusing on gender equity and health systems strengthening systems in different contexts in Africa and Asia. Her research focuses on 1. Gender equity, human resources and health systems; 2. Gender equity, health systems sexual and reproductive health and rights and Neglected Tropical Diseases; 3. Gender equity, ethics, research uptake and capacity building.


Claudia Brodskyn

Guest Editor, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Dr. Claudia Brodskyn graduated in Biomedicine from Escola Paulista de Medicina (UNIFESP). She holds a Master's and Ph.D. degree in Immunology from USP and has postdoctoral studies at CSU-Fort Coliins-Colorado-USA. She is currently Researcher at the Gonçalo Moniz Research Center -FIOCRUZ-BA and Adjunct Professor at UFBA. She has experience in Immunology, with emphasis on Immunoparasitology, working mainly on the following topics: vaccines against leishmaniasis and immunoregulation in human and experimental leishmaniosis. Researcher 1B of CNPq.


Molly Mort

Guest Editor, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Molly Mort is a Program Officer for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) for BMGF focusing on operations research and the Uniting to Combat NTDs Partnership. Previously, Molly focused on the viral diseases’ Japanese encephalitis, human papillomavirus, and dengue as well as the transitioning disease portfolio. During her career at the foundation, Molly has focused on viral diseases Japanese encephalitis, human papillomavirus, and dengue previously. Prior to joining the Foundation, Molly was a Program Officer in PATH's Children's Vaccine Program and a Foreign Service Officer for USAID as a Population, Health and Nutrition Officer. For USAID, she served in Bangladesh, Ukraine, and Washington D.C. Molly began her career in international health as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Côte d'Ivoire.  Molly earned her BS and MS from Cornell University in Community Nutrition.


Roshanak Semnani

Guest Editor, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases


Kannan Navaneetham

Guest Editor and Academic Editor, PLOS ONE 

Kannan Navaneetham, M.Sc, PhD, is currently a Professor in the Department of Population Studies at the University of Botswana. He has also worked at the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, India- a renowned centre of excellence research institute and in the Department of Population Studies at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.


Professor Navaneetham’s research interest includes broad areas of Population, Health, and Human Development. More specifically, on the following diversified areas: Mortality and Health; Age Structural Transition and Demographic Dividend; Socioeconomic Determinants of Health; Health Inequality; Maternal and Child health; Poverty, Nutrition and Human Development; Non-Communicable Diseases, Multivariate Graphics and Applied Statistics. Professor Navaneetham teaches both technical and substantive demography courses in undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Botswana.


He holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in Statistics from University of Madras, India and Ph.D. degree in Demography from University of Bombay, India. He did his postdoctoral research at the National University of Singapore, Singapore.


Nancy B. Mock

Guest Editor and Academic Editor, PLOS ONE 

Nancy Mock is a tenured faculty member of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, where she has established or led numerous academic programs related to global health, food security and development. She led the Newcomb College Center for Research on Women from 2007-2010 and she co-created the One Health Research Innovation Program in collaboration with Makerere University in 2013. She is a co-founding member of the Tulane Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy, and was the Associate Director of the Center for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (Latin America and Caribbean), a program funded through the Office of Naval Research to provide technical support to the United States Southern Command in epidemic preparedness and disaster preparedness and response. She was a member of the Interagency Technical Working Group on Resilience Measurement and Program Co-Chair of the Rockefeller Foundation-sponsored Community of Practice for Resilience Measurement, Evidence and Learning scientific conference. She has published more than 60 peer reviewed publications. Professor Mock has extensive international experience in more than 30 countries and has served as a senior consultant for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Food Program (WFP), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Asian Development and numerous non-governmental organizations. Nancy received a BS in Biology from Yale University in biology and a doctorate (DrPH) in Public Health from Tulane University.

Submission Instructions

Articles must be submitted to PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases or PLOS ONE by 1 June, 2019. Submissions not selected for PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases may be offered transfer to PLOS ONE, before or after peer review, with the prospect of inclusion in the accompanying PLOS ONE Collection.

Are you ready to submit or want to learn more about how the submission process works? To submit to PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, please see To submit to PLOS ONE, please see

Questions about the PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases Collection can be directed to; questions related to the PLOS ONE Collection can be sent to

When submitting to the Collection, select the Article Type “Research Article” and specify that you are submitting to the Collection “Neglected Tropical Diseases Gender and Equity Research” in your cover letter. Additionally, for PLOS ONE, please enter “NTDs Gender and Equity Research” in the Collections field of the submission form.

PLOS ONE Publishing Process

We aim to be as transparent as possible about our publishing and peer review processes. Papers submitted to PLOS ONE and under consideration for the Neglected Tropical Diseases Gender and Equity Research Collection will be specially handled by hand-selected active researchers from our Editorial Board, in partnership with Associate Editor Artur Arikainen.

For more information please see the PLOS ONE Editorial and Peer Review Information page

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