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Aims and scope

Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins including Tropical Diseases (JVATiTD) is an open access interdisciplinary publication, dedicated to research on all aspects of toxins, venomous animals and their derivative products. The journal also welcomes submissions related to tropical diseases with a focus on infectious diseases, parasitology and immunology.

Content includes original scientific articles covering research on toxins derived from animals, plants and microorganisms. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • systematics and morphology of venomous animals
  • physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and immunology of toxins
  • epidemiology, clinical aspects and treatment of envenoming by different animals, plants and microorganisms
  • development and evaluation of antivenoms and toxin-derivative products
  • epidemiology, clinical aspects and treatment of tropical diseases (caused by virus, bacteria, algae, fungi and parasites) including the neglected diseases defined by the World Health Organization.

The Journal adopts the Turnitin system for identifying plagiarism.


Editorial policies

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


Publication and peer review process

Content overview

JVATiTD considers the following types of articles:

  • Research articles: reports of data from original research.
  • Reviews: of any topic within the scope of the journal. They may be either invited by the editor or unsolicited. Plenary lectures from Conferences and specialized meetings are welcomed. These may include the slides and videos that were used in the original presentation. Authors and conference organizers are encouraged to discuss proposals with the Editor at an early stage. All reviews will be peer-reviewed.
  • Letters to the Editor: these can take three forms: a substantial re-analysis of a previously published article, or a substantial response to such a re-analysis from the authors of the original publication, or an article that may not cover 'standard research' but that may be relevant to readers.
  • Case reports: reports of clinical cases that can be educational, describe a diagnostic or therapeutic dilemma, suggest an association, or present an important adverse reaction. Reports may suggest the need for a change in practice or thinking in terms of diagnosis or prognosis, but not in terms of preventative or therapeutic intervention, which require stronger evidence.
  • Short reports: brief reports of data from original research, usually about 1500 words.

Each article type published by JVATiTD follows a specific format, as detailed in the corresponding hyperlinks; please choose an article type from the list above to view the instructions for authors.

Peer-review policies

Manuscripts will be reviewed by internationally recognized experts in the field, selected in part from the Editorial Board. Reviews will be rapid and the suitability of a manuscript for publication will be assessed solely on criteria of scientific excellence. Final decisions will be made by the Editor-in-Chief and may include accept, reject, accept following minor revision and resubmit after major revision and further review.


Instructions for authors

The instructions for authors includes information about preparing a manuscript for submission to JVATiTD, criteria for publication and the online submission process. Please, access our website to check them:


Presubmission enquiries

If you wish to make a presubmission enquiry about the suitability of your manuscript, please email the editors ( who will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.

Manuscript submissions to JVATiTD must be made using the online system at


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