Virulence is the first international peer-reviewed journal of its kind to focus exclusively on microbial pathogenicity, the infection process and host-pathogen interactions. This journal is both timely and important. In order to address the new infectious challenges, emerging infectious agents and antimicrobial resistance, there is a clear need for interdisciplinary research and a publication that brings together scientists and clinical researchers that work on the 'pathogen', the 'host' or the 'antimicrobial agents'.
Virulence is a multi-disciplinary journal dedicated to bringing together basic, translational and clinical research on all aspects of host-pathogen interactions.
Journal topics include:
- Microbial pathogenicity–viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites
- Molecular and biological function of established and novel virulence factors
- Identification, development and study of antimicrobial agents
- Host-pathogen and pathogen-pathogen interactions
- Host response to infection and immune responses to inhibitors, toxins, and other virulence factors
- Mammalian, other vertebrate as well as invertebrate model organisms and hosts
- Clinical trials evaluating all aspects of the infection process
- Research on bio-terrorism agents
- Vaccine development and evaluation
- Diagnosis of infectious diseases
- Infections in resource-limited settings
Virulence publishes four general types of papers, 1) Original Research, 2) Reviews 3) Protocols, 4) Addenda. Original Research papers cover important topics related to all aspects of virulence. Reviews take several forms and will generally be invited. Protocols give experts in the field the opportunity to describe how they performed some of their most powerful experiments. Addenda on any aspect of host-pathogen interactions are welcome.
Initially, we are publishing bimonthly, incrementally increasing the frequency to 12 issues over several years. Each issue appears in print and online. Submissions and peer-review are rapid and handled online. The average time from submission to final decision (acceptance or rejection) for the current Landes Bioscience journals is one month. Once accepted, a paper is published online within three weeks.