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About Malaria Journal

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Malaria Journal, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

Malaria Journal is aimed at the scientific community interested in malaria in its broadest sense. It is the only journal that publishes exclusively articles on malaria and, as such, it aims to bring together knowledge from the different specialities involved in this very broad discipline, from the bench to the bedside and to the field. Malaria Journal offers a fast publication schedule while maintaining rigorous peer-review; this is achieved by managing the whole of the publication process electronically, from submission to peer-review.

Content overview

Malaria Journal considers the following types of articles:

  • Research: Malaria Journal publishes primary research articles from the full spectrum of malaria research. Subjects covered include any aspects of the biology of malaria parasites and their vectors; clinical features and disease pathophysiology; biochemistry and molecular biology; case management and treatment; drug development and drug resistance; immunology, immunogenetics and vaccine development; genomes and transcriptomes of malaria parasites and their vectors; epidemiology and transmission dynamics; vector control; health system, policy and planning issues relating to prevention and treatment; economic, sociological and anthropological issues; poverty and gender issues, land use and global environmental change; intersectoral issues; intervention studies and operational research; control policy and planning.
  • Case Reports: Malaria Journal welcomes well-described reports of cases that can be used for educational purposes or that describe unusual features of the disease, its treatment, transmission or control. When describing clinical cases, the authors are requested to provide written and signed consent to publish the information from the patients or their guardians; case reports may include clinical pictures.
  • Case Studies: Malaria Journal welcomes well-described case study articles. These will usually describe a major health care intervention, usually from a public health perspective. Case study articles that include a rigorous assessment of the processes and impact of the intervention as well as recommendations for future interventions will be considered favourably. Note that Case study articles should not describe an individual patient - authors should use the case report format for such descriptions.
  • Commentaries:short, focused and opinionated articles on any subject within the journal's scope. These articles are usually related to a contemporary issue, such as recent research findings. They focus on specific issues and are about 800 words.
  • Methodology articles: Methodology articles should present a new experimental method, test or procedure. The method described may either be completely new, or may offer a better version of an existing method, or compare different methods currently in use.
  • Reviews: Malaria Journal aims to provide reviews with an in-depth coverage of all aspects of malaria. Some reviews are commissioned, but unsolicited reviews are welcome and are routinely peer-reviewed. Although reviews need not follow the same format as research articles, and are not limited in their length, they are nevertheless expected to conform to the overall house-style of the journal.
  • Opinion articles: These are short, opinionated, narrowly focused articles on issues of contemporary interest, including reports about meetings or viewpoints on recently published articles relevant to the readers of Malaria Journal. Some opinion articles are commissioned by the journal, but unsolicited commentaries are welcome and are routinely peer-reviewed. In addition, readers are encouraged to critically discuss articles published in Malaria Journal by means of 'Comments', which will then remain associated with the article; all 'Comments' are moderated.

Open access

All articles published by Malaria Journal are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in Malaria Journal are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

The publication costs for Malaria Journal are covered by the journal, so authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge.

Indexing services

All articles published in Malaria Journal are included in PubMed, the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service, which is run by the US National Library of Medicine. Other bibliographic databases that index articles published in Malaria Journal include:

  • CABI
  • CAS
  • Citebase
  • Current contents
  • DOAJ
  • Embase
  • Global Health
  • Google Scholar
  • OAIster
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Science Citation Index
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • SCImago
  • Scopus
  • Zetoc
  • Zoological Record

The full text of all research articles is deposited in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and other digital archives.

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

Malaria Journal is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 3.08.

Publication and peer review process

Peer-review policies

  • Peer review is designed to ensure that the research published is 'good science'.
  • Submitted manuscripts are reviewed by two or more experts. Peer reviewers have four possible options: accept; accept after minor revision; ask author(s) to make revisions and resubmit; reject because scientifically unsound.
  • Publication of research articles by Malaria Journal is dependent primarily on their validity and coherence, as judged by peer reviewers, who are also asked whether the writing is comprehensible and how interesting they consider the article to be.
  • When asking for revisions, reviewers have three possible goals: to tighten the arguments based on existing data, to identify where more data are needed and to improve the clarity and coherence of the paper.

Edited by Marcel Hommel, Malaria Journal is supported by an expert Editorial Board.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Malaria Journal, a personalized section of the site.


High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.


Malaria Journal will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. All full length articles (proceedings, reviews or research articles) are indexed by PubMed. PubMed displays the title of the supplement only in the case of meeting abstract collections. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Malaria Journal should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Malaria Journal

Articles in Malaria Journal should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Malar J [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Malar J 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Malaria Journal?

High visibility

Malaria Journal's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

Malaria Journal offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Malaria Journal, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.


Online publication in Malaria Journal gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Malaria Journal are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Malaria Journal's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Malaria Journal may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Malaria Journal. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in Malaria Journal retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright policy and license agreement).

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