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Instructions for authors & editors

Instructions for Authors

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1.   Journal scope

MalariaWorld Journal is the first truly Open Access, peer reviewed, journal with an exclusive focus on malaria – where you don’t pay to publish and you don’t pay to read. There is no publisher behind the journal, and it is administered by and run through the MalariaWorld online platform. We believe that the high costs involved in Open Access publishing should be put to use in your research.

MalariaWorld Journal publishes all articles related to malaria in the broadest sense. We encourage authors to submit manuscripts that reflect applied or field research.

MalariaWorld Journal is aimed at the global community interested in malaria in its broadest sense. All articles are peer-reviewed.

The electronic format of MalariaWorld Journal provides an opportunity to publish articles with large numbers of colour illustrations and/or moving pictures, and to create relevant links to databases, relevant websites or other papers.

Authors of articles published in MalariaWorld Journal retain copyright of their articles and can, therefore, display and distribute it as they wish.

2.   Article types

The MalariaWorld Journal accepts the following article types for publication.

  • Research
  • Case report
  • Case study
  • Methodology
  • Opinion
  • Hypothesis
  • Review
  • Book review 

3. Manuscript formats

The MalariaWorld Journal only accepts manuscripts written in English. Spelling should be in UK English.

Manuscript files have to be submitted in a word processor format, i.e. as a Microsoft Word document (version 2 and above). Figures must be submitted as separate pdf image files.

The manuscript text should be justified and have double line spacing. All pages and lines should be numbered. The references should be in the MalariaWorld Journal format as described below.

4. Manuscript sections

Research articles submitted to the MalariaWorld Journal should be divided into the following sections:

• Title page (with title & author information)

Titles should be no longer than 135 characters (including spaces) and comprehensible for a broad scientific audience. 

Author information should include full names and affiliation (department, institution, address & email) for each author. Use superscripts to match authors with institutions. The telephone and fax numbers of the corresponding author have to be provided to enable communication on the manuscript review and proofs. 

• Abstract

An abstract of no more than 300 words has to be provided on the second page of the manuscript file. The abstract has to be divided in the following sections: Background, with the context and purpose of the research. Materials & Methods, with a brief explanation on how the study was performed and statistical tests used; Results, with the main findings; Conclusions, with a short summary and potential implications of the results. 

The use of abbreviations in the abstract should be minimised and no references should be cited therein.

• Background

The background section should introduce the study to the reader and provide a broad and clear description of the context of the research and its aims. The last section of the Background should highlight the specific research goals and include a brief overview of what will be reported in the article. 

• Materials & Methods

The used methodologies should be specified in separate subsections. Procedures and statistics need to be provided in sufficient detail so that the work can be repeated. Correct chemical names should be given and strains of organisms specified. Trade names and the names & country of suppliers have to be provided for all used reagents or instruments. 

Use Système International (SI) units and symbols whenever possible.

• Results

The results should be structured into separate subsections with short, informative headings.

• Discussion

The findings should be discussed and placed in a broader research context, keeping in mind a maximum of 40 references for the whole manuscript.

• Conclusions 

The authors should provide a concise (< 200 words) description of the main conclusions of their research and its implications. 

• Acknowledgements

Authors should acknowledge (with permission) anyone that made a substantial contribution to the research but did not meet the criteria for authorship. All funding sources should be listed and specified for each author.

• References

All references must be numbered individually and placed in the manuscript text file in numerical order using square brackets; [1], [2-4] etc. References should only include published work or research that is in press. 

Manuscript files should not include more than 40 cited references.

All authors (unless there are more than four) should be named in the citation. If there are more than four authors, the names of the first four should be provided and followed by et al. Author names should include the full surname followed by a space and their initial(s) (with no period/full stop).

The full reference title should be provided (in English). Provide the journal abbreviation in italics (with periods/full stops), followed by a space and the publication year, a comma & space, the volume number (in bold), a colon, the page numbers (written in their entirety and separated by a hyphen) and a full stop.


Journal article:

Benedict MQ, Robinson AS: The first releases of transgenic mosquitoes: an argument for the sterile insect technique. Trends Parasitol. 2003, 19:349-355.

Journal article (more than four authors):

Adam I, Elhassan EM, Mohammed AA, Salih MM et al.: Malaria and pre-eclampsia in an area with unstable malaria transmission in Central Sudan. Malar. J. 2011, 10:258. 


Clements AN: The biology of mosquitoes. Vol. 1. Development, nutrition and reproduction. Chapman & Hall, London.1992, 509 pp.

PhD Thesis:

Scholte EJ: The entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium anisopliae for mosquito control.  PhD thesis. Wageningen University, Entomology Department. 2004.

Figure legends 

Figure legends should be provided separately from the figure files, after the references in the manuscript text file. Each legend should be numbered in numerical order (Figure 1, Figure 2 etc). 

Figures with multiple panels should include a brief (< 20 words) first sentence that summarises the entire figure. The detailed legend should not exceed 250 words and has to specify the number of replicates and error bars.

Tables and captions 

Tables should be provided in the word document file after the figure legends. 

Tables should be numbered in numerical order (Table 1, Table 2 etc) and include a short (<50 words) caption. More detailed information can be provided as footnotes.

Each table should be provided on a separate page. Word tables should not use tabs or spaces to separate columns.

5. Figures 

Figure images have to be provided as seperate high resolution pdf files and may not be embedded in the manuscript text file. Figures should be numbered in the order they are first mentioned in the text, and uploaded in this order.

In the manuscript text, all figures must be numbered individually, in numerical order and be referred to using (Fig. 1), (Fig. 2), etc.

Each figure image file should comprise only a single file in colour (RGB colour scheme) or black & white. Figure numbers, legends or author names should not be part of the image file. Multi-panel figures (those with parts a, b, c, etc) should be submitted as a single composite file that contains all parts of the figure.

Please consider the desired end size for your figures. Figure widths should be approximately 80 mm to be printed as half a page width, or 160 mm for a full page width. Do not exceed a total figure height of 200 mm. Ensure an image resolution of approximately 300 dpi (dots per inch) at the final print size.

Numbers, letters and symbols should be consistent and between 6 and 12 points (2–6 mm) in size after reduction. The amount of white space surrounding each figure illustration should be minimised by using the cropping tool.

6. Submitting your manuscript

Submission of your manuscript is easy. Please send us the original text file (preferably in Word format) and the figures (in jpg format) by email, directly to:

The submitting author is responsible for notifying the co-authors that submission has taken place and MWJ automatically assumes this to be the case when receiving a manuscript. Moreover, the MWJ will work on the assumption that all institutional and other relevant approvals for publication have been obtained by all authors prior to submission.

7. Editorial process and decision making

Submitted manuscripts will first be examined for completeness, adherence to article preparation guidelines, and overall scientific merit before being sent out for review. We aim to complete this process within 3 working days after receiving the manuscript. Corresponding authors are notified by email if their submission is not accepted at this stage.

External reviewers are selected on the basis of affinity with the topic of the manuscript, absence of conflict of interest, and general expertise. Following receipt of the review, the authors are requested to respond in full to the queries of the reviewers, in writing, and highlight changes clearly when submitting their revision.

Following external review, the editor-in-chief of MWJ makes a decision on how to proceed with the manuscript. Authors will be notified by email regarding the outcome of the review. Decisions by the editor-in-chief are binding and final.

Accepted manuscripts will proceed to the type-setting stage. Authors will receive proofs of the final version of the article prior to publication and be allowed to propose minor changes. Publication of the final version of the article is completed upon receiving the final acceptance by the corresponding author.

Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Teun Bousema:

Editor: Dr. Bart Knols:

Managing editor: Frederik Seelig:

Copy editor: Monika Bongers:

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