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Zoonotic Pathogen Emergence Call for Preregistered Research


Submit to PLOS Biology to help arm the scientific community against future outbreaks. Submission deadline has been extended to July 31, 2020.

This call for preregistered research is closed.

Jul 31 2020

PLOS Biology is launching a Call for Preregistered Research, titled Preregistered Research in Zoonotic Pathogen Emergence. Our editors are looking for preregistered research protocols that relate to the emergence and outbreaks of all types of zoonotic pathogens with a view to addressing the current COVID-19 pandemic, while at the same time helping to mitigate future risk. We want to ensure that SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 research is reaching our communities as soon as possible and we will strive to complete the initial stage 1 peer review within 7 days of receiving the submission.

To help make this Call for Preregistered Research accessible, we are waiving the publication cost for all accepted stage 1 Prepregistered Research Articles submitted by June 30, 2020.

Want to find out more about Preregistered Research? Read the PLOS Biology blog post, Preregistration at PLOS Biology and Call for COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 Research.

This call for Preregistered Research Articles (PRAs), also known as Registered Reports, is particularly timely as the community gears up for research into SARS-CoV-2 emergence and COVID-19 disease. By ensuring the best possible study design, the conclusiveness of the final article will be maximised and the field will be able to move forward faster. The extension to projects on the emergence of other zoonotic pathogens attempts to stimulate research that may help better prepare us for the future.
Nonia Pariente
Editor-in-Chief, PLOS Biology

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Submit your paper to PLOS Biology to be considered for this Collection.

Mention the Preregistered Research in Zoonotic Pathogen Emergence Call for Preregistered Research in your cover letter. All accepted stage 1 Preregistered Research Articles will have the publication fee waived if submitted before July 31, 2020.

This call for preregistered research is closed.

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