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Filipe Dantas-Torres, PhD, EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Parasitology
Aggeu Magalhães Institute
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz

Aims and scope

Parasites & Vectors publishes articles on the biology of parasites, parasitic diseases, intermediate hosts, vectors and vector-borne pathogens. Manuscripts published in this journal will be available to all worldwide, with no barriers to access, immediately following acceptance. Read more

Featured collections

Artificial intelligence, parasites, and parasitic diseases

This collection is dedicated to articles reporting the use of AI in parasitology research. We particularly welcome articles dealing with parasitic disease diagnosis, parasite and vector identification as well as those reporting the prospection of drugs and vaccine candidates. 

Primers on parasites and vectors

Guest Editor: Anthony J Walker

Primers provide short, authoritative and accessible accounts that explore the basic/applied biology of selected parasites, intermediate hosts, vectors and vector-borne pathogens. Primers integrate fundamental aspects of parasite or vector biology with recent, cutting-edge research findings and a discussion of future research needs. Each Primer also includes a downloadable/printable poster.

Historical aspects of parasitology

The reviews presented in this series explore the history of parasitology in a fascinating journey through the main scientific discoveries and breakthroughs in the discipline.

Elimination of infectious diseases of poverty as a key contribution to achieving the SDGs

This cross journal series aims to demonstrate the validity of communicable disease elimination as a key contributor to achieving Universal Health Coverage and the SDGs. It therefore welcomes articles that provide evidence of its wide impact on public health and beyond, on addressing inequities, on the cost-effectiveness of integrated implementation and resulting efficiency gains, underscoring its value as a global good. 

Contribution of climate change to the spread of infectious diseases

Cross-journal collection

This collection brings together in one place articles outlining infectious diseases (and their vectors) that are likely to spread or are already spreading across borders due to the effects of climate change. The impact of policy implementation or interventions designed to contain the spread infectious disease, and studies that could inform future global policy or practical solutions are very much welcome.

Human migration, conflict and infectious diseases

Cross-journal collection

This article collection will bring together research, case reports and viewpoints to strengthen understanding on the risks posed by infectious disease and effective and appropriate public health responses during times of armed conflict and forced migration. 

Food security and sustainability from a microbiology perspective

Food security is a complex problem: to maintain agricultural productivity on degrading lands and in the face of water scarcity, or to achieve increased agricultural productivity and sustainable food production, many questions need to be answered and solutions need to be tested and implemented. This collection covers various aspects of maintaining or enhancing food production, sustainability and security can be tackled from a microbiology perspective.


Parasites & Vectors Editorial Style Guide

The Parasites & Vectors Editorial Style Guide is intended to provide authors with clear, consistent guidelines for writing manuscripts for submission to Parasites & Vectors. Correct formatting according to these guidelines will not only increase the overall quality of data presentation, but also expedite final decisions and the production time of accepted manuscripts. 

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Heartworm Disease: Today’s Discoveries, Tomorrow’s Practice

This thematic series comprises papers submitted in relation to the 2022 Triennial Symposium of the American Heartworm Society, New Orleans, United States, 8th – 11th September 2022. You can find all the new papers in the collection here.

17th & 18th Symposium on Companion Vector-Borne Diseases (CVBD)

This thematic series comprises papers submitted in relation to the 17th Symposium of the CVBD® World Forum, Lisbon, Portugal, 24th – 25th September 2023  as well as the 18th Symposium of the CVBD® World Forum held in Marrakech, Morocco, 22nd – 25th April 2024. You can find the papers as they publish here.

Pan-European tick distributions: where are they now, and where are they going?

This new collection was created for veterinarians, parasitologists and researchers to provide a substantial amount of scientific information around current and projected future tick occurrences at a European-level, along with precise country-level data. You can read the papers in the collection here.

Meet the Editors


New Content ItemDr. Filipe Dantas-Torres is a researcher at the Aggeu Magalhães Institute and the chair of the Tropical Council for Companion Animal Parasites. He is a veterinarian with a MSc and a DSc in public health and a PhD in animal health and zoonosis. He is an EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Parasitology. Dr. Dantas-Torres is an international leader in the field of parasitology, with a focus on vector-borne diseases. His work has been recognized internationally through numerous scientific publications and invited book chapters. In 2010, Dr. Dantas-Torres was elected Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society in recognition of his expertise in the field of medical and veterinary entomology. He has received numerous awards, such as the 2013 Peter Nansen Young Scientist Award and the 2016 Odile Bain Memorial Prize. He is a former Editor-in-Chief of Medical and Veterinary Entomology and has served as a reviewer, associate editor and subject editor of Parasites & Vectors for several years.

Dipteran vectors and associated diseases

New Content ItemDr. Fredros Okumu is Director of Science at the Ifakara Health Institute and Adjunct Professor at Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science & Technology, Tanzania. He is a mosquito biologist and public health expert working on sustainable approaches for surveillance, prevention and control of vector-borne diseases. He is also passionate about improving ecosystems for young researchers in Africa. His work has been published internationally in several prestigious scientific journals. He tweets @Fredros_Inc and occasionally writes posts for the Malaria World blog

Dr. Marco Pombi is Associate Professor in Parasitology at the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. As a medical entomologist, he has worked extensively in malaria endemic countries, exploring several aspects of vector biology, ranging from evolutionary biology, speciation and genetics of mosquitoes, to the ecology and behaviour in relation to their vector role. He has been developing new sampling methods for surveillance, monitoring and control of disease vectors.

Helminths and helminthic diseases

New Content ItemDr. Martin Walker is Lecturer in Epidemiology at the Royal Veterinary College, UK, and an Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College London. He is an active member of the London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research, the Neglected Tropical Disease Modelling Consortium and leads the schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiases research theme at the Infectious Disease Data Observatory. Martin’s research interests broadly lie in the use of mathematical techniques, including disease transmission models, to assist public health decision making on interventions aiming to eliminate human helminthiases and other tropical diseases. He is also interested in statistical approaches to identifying antiparasitic drug resistance and the use of modelling to support drug development.

Parasite genetics, genomics and proteomics

New Content ItemDr. Xing-Quan Zhu was trained as a veterinarian with a BVSc degree and a MVSc degree. He obtained his PhD and acquired postdoctoral training in molecular parasitology at the Department of Veterinary Science, The University of Melbourne, Australia between 1996-2001. He is the Distinguished Professor of Parasitology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Shanxi Agricultural University, China. His current research integrates “multi-omics”, molecular and immunological approaches to study parasite biology and parasite-host interactions. His work has been recognized internationally through numerous scientific publications in well-regarded international journals including Lancet Infectious Diseases, Clinical Microbiology Reviews, Nature Communications, Trends in Parasitology and Parasites & Vectors.

Parasite immunology

Dr. Friederike Ebner is Assistant Professor in Infection Pathogenesis at the Technical University Munich in Germany. She is steering committee member of the European Veterinary Immunology Group (EVIG). She acquired postdoctoral training in parasite immunology at the Institute for Immunology of the Department of Veterinary Medicine, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. As an immunologist she researches on the interactions between gastrointestinal helminths and the immune systems of animals and humans. There she aims to understand how immunity is generated and how parasites evade the immune response in order to derive intervention and vaccine strategies from this knowledge.

Parasites of veterinary importance

New Content ItemDr. Adnan Hodžić received his veterinary degree (DVM) from the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and an MSc in Veterinary Parasitology from the same University. In 2014, he joined the Institute of Parasitology of the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria, where he completed his PhD studies and the EVPC residency program. He now works in the Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science at the University of Vienna. He is an EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Parasitology. His outstanding scientific contributions in the field of parasitology have been recognized by two international awards (Sinnecker-Kunz Award 2019 and Odile Bain Memorial Prize 2020).

Protozoa and protozoan diseases

New Content ItemDr. Pegine Walrad is an Associate Professor in the York Biomedical Research Institute at the Univ. of York specialising in parasite lifecycle trans-regulators that promote virulence. Previous work isolated and characterized protein domains and 10 novel interacting cofactors (e.g. Hairless) of Runt/Runx transcription factor in Drosophila, and the first trans-regulator of surface antigens and a novel pathway of mRNA export in Trypanosoma brucei parasites. Current research focuses on genetic regulators of Leishmania parasite differentiation to human-infectious forms.

Ticks and tick-borne diseases

New Content ItemDr. Anna Bajer is Head of the Department of Eco-epidemiology of Parasitic Diseases at the University of Warsaw, Poland. Dr. Bajer and her lab focus on a range of eco-epidemiological studies on ticks and vector-borne diseases (babesiosis, borreliosis, bartonellosis, dirofilariasis); on factors influencing parasite communities in rodents, model free-living hosts (helminths and haemoparasite community); and on reservoir of intestinal microparasites (Cryptosporidium, Giardia). She has also worked on molecular diversity and molecular phylogeny of micro- and macroparasites of medical and veterinary significance.

Annual Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact 2023
    Journal Impact Factor: 3.0
    5-year Journal Impact Factor: 3.3
    Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 1.137
    SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 0.967

    Speed 2023
    Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 4
    Submission to acceptance (median days): 82

    Usage 2023
    Downloads: 4,110,661
    Altmetric mentions: 5,998

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