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A Rapid Response to Ebola

November 11th 2014 Update: Two manuscripts have now been posted to Speaking of Medicine and can be viewed here:

Social Pathways for Ebola Virus Disease in Rural Sierra Leone, and some Implications for Containment

What factors might have led to the emergence of Ebola in West Africa?

Original Post:

The ability to rapidly disseminate the findings of primary research as well as informed scientific assessment and opinion is critical in the face of public health emergencies such as the present outbreak of the Ebola virus.  At PLOS, primary research findings can be rapidly and effectively distributed through PLOS Currents: Outbreaks. The unmet need to provide expert commentary and insightful opinion on Ebola as rapidly has led PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases to carefully select expert opinion, social science assessment, or topic reviews for public posting on Speaking of Medicine before formal and rigorous peer review.

The authors of manuscripts identified by the Editors as suitable are offered the opportunity to post their text with the understanding that, because of its quality and likely favorable review, is conditionally accepted for publication in the journal.  Authors are required to provide confirmation of authorship as well as financial disclosure and competing interest statements, which will be posted along with the text.

The Editors of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases are excited to provide a platform to make available much needed information publicly, openly, responsibly, and as quickly as possible.

For questions or further information, please contact PLOS NTDs Publications Manager Jeri Marie Wright at

  1. […] This manuscript has been conditionally accepted by PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases for publication prior to formal review. Following a successful outcome of independent peer review, a revised version will be formally published by PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and a link to the final article posted here. Read more here[1][2] […]

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