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Featured collection: Systematic reviews and meta-analysis for tropical medicine and health

Tropical health encompasses a diverse group of issues related to infectious diseases (viral, bacterial, parasitic and fungal infections), non-communicable diseases and malnutrition with its consequences. 

This collection will cover the topics of new approaches as well as the challenges and perspectives for systematic reviews and meta-analysis in tropical medicine and health. 


About the Society

The Japanese Society of Tropical Medicine (JSTM) was founded in 1959 with the objective of contributing and improving global health and medical treatments worldwide. JSTM believes that tropical medicine is not defined merely by weather or climate, but is an interdisciplinary field which helps to eliminate the gaps in health, society and economy among countries and regions. JSTM is dedicated to promoting academic studies and development in the field of tropical medicine by disseminating relevant research at annual meetings and in Tropical Medicine and Health, JSTM's official journal.

Aims and scope

Tropical Medicine and Health is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research and reviews on all aspects of tropical medicine and global health. The journal welcomes clinical, epidemiological, laboratory and policy research.

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Award winning research

Tropical Medicine and Health is delighted to announce its award for the Best Paper published in 2018 to

Hitomi Araki, Ken Ing Cherng Ong, Lavy Lorphachan, Pheovaly Soundala, Moritoshi Iwagami, Akira Shibanuma, Bouasy Hongvanthong, Paul T. Brey, Shigeyuki Kano & Masamine Jimba 

For an outstanding contribution in the field of Tropical Medicine and Health entitled:

“Mothers’ Opisthorchis viverrini infection status and raw fish dish consumption in Lao People’s Democratic Republic: determinants of child infection status”

Published in Tropical Medicine and Health 2018 46:29.

Featured collection: Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis in the Pacific - A PacELF success

PacELF, the Pacific Programme for the Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis, was designed as a regional programme driven by the 22 island countries and territories in the Pacific for the sole purpose of eliminating lymphatic filariasis (LF). 

This collection provides an overview and bibliography of LF in the Pacific, and reports on the progress towards elimination in selected countries. We hope that these success stories will be an inspiration to the other regions of the world that are also engaged in this effort.

Call for Papers: Geoinformation and Spatial Analytics in Tropical Medicine

New Content Item

We are pleased to announce that Tropical Medicine and Health is now accepting submissions for a new article collection on Geoinformation and Spatial Analytics in Tropical Medicine.

Guest edited by Professor Ashraf Dewan (Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia ) and Dr. Abu Yousuf Md. Abdullah (International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh), this series specifically aims at highlighting the roles of geospatial techniques in identifying environmental precursors of diseases, thereby advancing tropical medicine research.

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Archival content

The electronic archive of articles published between 1973 and 2015 can be found at the JSTM website.

Information for authors

Authors publishing in Tropical Medicine and Health can request a discount on the journal’s article-processing charge (APC) that is payable upon editorial acceptance of articles. The discount must be requested during the article submission process, by entering a code that can be obtained from the JSTM office. The discounted APC is €972.99 for all authors.


Masahiro Hashizume is Professor of Environmental Epidemiology at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University, Japan. He received his academic degrees from the Nippon Medical School (MD, 1996), The university of Tokyo (MS, 1999) and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (MSc 2003, PhD 2007). He has been the founding chair of the Department of Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University since 2012. Dr. Hashizume’s research has centered on epidemiological studies to estimate the impact of climatic factors including flooding and other extreme weather events on the incidence of infectious diseases and non-infectious diseases in Asia and Africa. In 2014, he became a board member of the Japanese Society of Tropical Medicine and Editor-in-Chief of Tropical Medicine and Health.

Editorial Advisor

Peter Piot MD PhD is the Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Professor of Global Health. He was the founding Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1995 until 2008, and was an Associate Director of the Global Programme on AIDS at WHO. Under his leadership UNAIDS became the chief advocate for worldwide action against AIDS, also spearheading UN reform by bringing together 10 UN system organizations.


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