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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


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

Collections open for submissions

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.

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. 

Spatial inequality, infectious diseases and disease control

Cross-journal collection

This collection focuses on emerging infectious diseases in humans and animals, including the impact of antimicrobial resistance, and brings together research that investigates the relationship between spatial inequalities of all kinds and the impact and prevalence of these infectious diseases. This collection also welcomes papers that seek solutions towards disease control across areas with particularly unequal distribution of resources and opportunities. 


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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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Credelio Plus

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The articles in this new collection contain data supporting the efficacy and safety of Credelio® Plus. 

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New articles released in the LCNTDR Collection

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The LCNTDR Collection - Advances in scientific research for NTD control 

15th Symposium on Companion Vector-Borne Diseases (CVBD)

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This thematic series comprises papers submitted in relation to the 15th Symposium of the CVBD® World Forum, Cologne, Germany. You can find all the new papers in the collection here.

Identification keys to the Anopheles mosquitoes of South America

This new 4-part collection investigates the identification keys to the Anopheles mosquitoes of South America (Diptera: Culicidae) and explores the challenges encountered by the research aimed at mosquito identification, malaria control and elimination. 

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 Assistant 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.

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 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. 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.

Ticks and tick-borne diseases

New Content ItemDr. Martin Pfeffer has been Full  Professor at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Leipzig, Germany, since 2009. He graduated in veterinary medicine in Munich, Germany, and did his dissertation on Orthopoxviruses in 1991. He spent most of his post-doc working on alphaviruses, a group of pathogens mainly transmitted by mosquitoes. In 2003 he joined the German armed forces as major and left six years later as Lieutenant Colonel. There he worked on rickettsial diseases as well as other bacteria. His main scientific interest has always been in unravelling the epidemiology of vector-borne diseases, and investigating pathogens, vectors and hosts.

Annual Journal Metrics

Contacting Parasites & Vectors

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times. Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.