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What should we do: Peer review or not?

January 16, 2014 - 13:36 -- Bart G.J. Knols

The science world is undergoing rapid changes, and so does the field of scientific publishing. The Lancet recently featured five articles on the current value and reduction of waste in biomedical research. An article in the Economist from a few months before titled 'How science goes wrong' is another eye-opener. Clearly, much is changing in the science world, and this includes us scientists working on malaria.

Here we are asking for your views regarding an issue we are discussing for the MalariaWorld Journal, entering its 5th volume this year: Should we continue with peer review, yes or no, or should we perhaps make it optional?

Research: Community perception of malaria and its influence on health-seeking behaviour in rural Ghana: a descriptive study

January 8, 2013 - 10:02 -- Bart G.J. Knols
Author(s): 
Alexander Suuk Laar, Amos Kankponang Laar, Philip Ayizem Dalinjong
Reference: 
MWJ 2013, 4, 1

This article is the outcome of a descriptive cross-sectional study that assessed local perceptions on malaria and health seeking behaviour among inhabitants in the Kassena-Nankana district in the Upper East Region of Ghana. A total of 120 respondents were included in the study through a systematic random sampling procedure of households. The majority (65%) of respondents had awareness about malaria and linked it to mosquito bites.

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Research: Formulation of quinine suppository for initiation of early treatment of malaria – a preliminary study

December 10, 2012 - 10:04 -- Bart G.J. Knols
Author(s): 
Rebecca O. Soremekun, Boladale O. Silva, Fola Tayo, Cecilia I. Igwilo
Reference: 
MWJ 2012, 3, 14

The aim of this study was to develop a quinine suppository with adequate release properties that also meets the dual conditions of affordability and ease of administration. Cocoa butter and FattibaseTM were used in the preparation of suppositories containing 200 mg quinine bisulphate. Release profiles of formulations with varying concentrations of polysorbate 80 (0 – 5%) were evaluated by in vitro dissolution in pH 8 buffer medium. Formulations with the two bases released quinine in adequate quantities for the management of malaria.

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Research: Perceptions and practices of the Konso community (South-west Ethiopia) relating to malaria: implications for control

October 17, 2012 - 13:46 -- Bart G.J. Knols
Author(s): 
Geme Urge Dori, Wakgari Deressa, Fulvio Esposito, Annette Habluetzel
Reference: 
MWJ 2012, 3, 9

Using a structured questionnaire, focus group discussions and in-depth interviews, this study aimed to gain deeper insight on how the Konso community in Ethiopia perceives malaria and manages the disease. Although knowledge about malaria was above average it surfaced that the use of herbal home remedies is widespread. It is argued that this practice warrants further investigation to validate the efficacy and safety of plant preparations that are employed.

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Research: Preliminary formulation of a fixed-dose paediatric combination of artesunate and amodiaquine hydrochloride

October 28, 2010 - 19:32 -- Bart G.J. Knols
Author(s): 
Chinyere O. Okwelogu, Marcel De Matas, David Ifudu, Boladale Silva, Peter York
Reference: 
MWJ 2010, 1, 3

This article focuses on the development of stable prototype formulations that combine artesunate and amodiaquine hydrochloride. 

 

 

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Research: Prolonged colonisation, irradiation, and transportation do not impede mating vigour and competitiveness of male Anopheles arabiensis mosquitoes under semi-field conditions in Northern Sudan

October 14, 2010 - 09:54 -- Bart G.J. Knols
Author(s): 
Mo'awia M. Hassan, Waleed M. El-Motasim, Rania T. Ahmed, Badria B. El-Sayed
Reference: 
MWJ 2010, 1, 2

This article reports on practical issues regarding transportation of sterile male Anopheles arabiensis pupae or adults and their competitiveness against wild males in a semi-field environment in Sudan. 

 

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