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COVID-19 Announcement

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.

Collection: Hepatitis C

The 2020 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice for their discovery of Hepatitis C virus. In celebration of what they started and showcasing areas of research that have since emerged, we here present a collection of articles from the BMC Biology, BMC Medicine, Genome Medicine and the BMC Series Journals on biology, diagnosis and treatment and wider public health and medical outcomes of the Hepatitis C virus and its infection.

COVID-19: interpreting scientific evidence – uncertainty, confusion and delays

In this new Editorial, BMC Infectious Diseases Senior Editorial Board Member Dr Julian Tang discusses the confusing messaging and decision making made by governments during the pandemic, with a particular focus on face masks and how they can help in the future.

Scent dog identification of samples from COVID-19 patients – a pilot study

A pilot RCT led by the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover and BMC Veterinary Research Section Editor, Prof Holger Volk, finds that trained detection dogs can discriminate between samples from SARS-CoV-2 infected humans and control samples.

Potential implications of SARS-CoV-2 epidemic in Africa: where are we going from now?

Professor Carlo Torti, Senior Editorial Board Member for BMC Infectious Diseases, discusses the challenges Africa faces in controlling the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in this Editorial.

SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

Find a selection of articles published across Springer Nature, as well as additional commentary and books relevant to SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 research.

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Special Issue: Antimicrobial Resistance

BMC Infectious Diseases is pleased to announce the Antimicrobial Resistance special issue. This series includes a diverse range of AMR studies from around the globe, investigating the detection and surveillance of AMR, from the lab bench to hospital bed.

Ebola in Focus

Find a selection of recent research published across Springer Nature, as well as additional commentary on Ebola and relevant books.

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Special Issue: The airborne microbiome - implications for aerosol transmission and infection control

BMC Infectious Diseases is delighted to announce the release of The airborne microbiome - implications for aerosol transmission and infection control. This special issue aims to explore and characterise the airborne microbiome in different environments and discusses possible interventions to control the transmission of airborne pathogens. 

Special Issue: Human rights as social and structural drivers of sexually transmitted infections

BMC Infectious Diseases is delighted to announce the release of Human rights as social and structural drivers of sexually transmitted infections. This special issue is a collaboration between BMC Infectious Diseases and BMC International Health and Human Rights and focuses on highlighting novel studies characterizing human rights infringements as structural determinants of sexually transmitted infections. 

To learn more about this collection, please read our Editorial


  1. Authors: Paula Jendrny, Claudia Schulz, Friederike Twele, Sebastian Meller, Maren von Köckritz-Blickwede, Albertus Dominicus Marcellinus Erasmus Osterhaus, Janek Ebbers, Veronika Pilchová, Isabell Pink, Tobias Welte, Michael Peter Manns, Anahita Fathi, Christiane Ernst, Marylyn Martina Addo, Esther Schalke and Holger Andreas Volk

    Content type: Research article

Aims and scope

BMC Infectious Diseases is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of the prevention, diagnosis and management of infectious and sexually transmitted diseases in humans, as well as related molecular genetics, pathophysiology, and epidemiology.


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  • Stuart Weir, BMC
  • Sarah Gray, BMC

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We are Recruiting New Associate Editors

We are recruiting new Associate Editors to join our international editorial board, helping to provide expertise on a wide range of different subject disciplines.

Call for Papers: Contribution of climate change to the spread of infectious diseases

This cross-journal collection brings together in one place articles outlining 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.

Submissions are now open and the deadline is the 31st of December 2020. A full list of participating journals can be found following the link above. 

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