Reviewed by: Christine Oka, Library Instruction Specialist, Northeastern University Libraries
Infectious Diseases of Poverty (IDP) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal published by BioMed Central in association with the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. The scope of subjects considered for publication range from “essential public health questions relating to infectious diseases of poverty" to “transdisciplinary or multisectoral effects on health systems, ecohealth, environmental management and innovative technology.”
Articles published here are identified as Research Articles, Scoping Reviews (examinations of specific questions), Commentaries (such as additional information building on previously-published research), Editorials, and Letters to the Editor. Research Article content ranges from a specific topic, such as “Providing Financial Incentives to Rural-to-Urban TB Migrants in Shanghai: an Intervention Study” to the broader consideration of “Infectious Disease Emergence and Global Change: Thinking Systematically in a Shrinking World.” Scoping Reviews have discussed malaria transmission networks, the impact of malaria control programs and the global epidemiology of clonorchiasis. An example of a transdisciplinary topic was “Socio-cultural Determinants of Buruli Ulcer.”
The online platform emphasizes transparency, with tabs for Articles, Authors (Instructions), Reviewers (Guide with Points they should consider), About this Publication, and My Infectious Diseases of Poverty (the account allowing registered users to submit manuscripts, receive email updates and post comments on articles).
All the content from the first two issues of this new online journal may be accessed in a variety of ways, including by issue or by type of article. Despite the comparative newness of the journal, a number of articles are labeled in the table of contents with a “Highly Accessed” icon described by BioMed Central as identifying “articles that have been especially highly accessed, relative to their age, and the journal in which they are published.” This tag is permanently attached to the article and “authors may make reference to this designation when listing their publications.”
The journal content is appropriate for medical and public health professionals, as well as socioeconomic researchers.