Editorial & Publishing Policies

Aim and Scope

Infection Ecology & Epidemiology is a peer-reviewed Open Access journal affiliated with the One Health Sweden. It aims to be a truly international forum for the free exchange of original, cross-disciplinary, high quality papers from multiple medical and ecological disciplines, describing exactly what happens at the interface between wild and domestic animals, and humans.

As one of the first Open Access journals in this multidisciplinary field, Infection Ecology & Epidemiology aspires to become a first-option source of information on infectious disease ecology and epidemiology. Combating zoonoses requires an approach to infection ecology and epidemiology whereby researchers must take into account the "One Health" concepts. Approximately 70% of recently emerged or re-emerging infections affecting humans and animals are transmitted from animals to humans, or vice versa. The dynamics of the spread of these infectious diseases is complex since most zoonotic microorganisms can occur in more than one host species, and move between humans, domestic animals, wildlife and environmental matrices. In addition, antiviral and antibiotic compounds consumed by humans or domestic animals are distributed to the environment by discharge of treated sewage water or from production facilities, thereby inducing resistance development in both pathogenic and commensal bacteria and viruses. Infection Ecology & Epidemiology sets out to enhance our knowledge of the complexity of these zoonotic infections and therewith contribute to a better understanding of their prevention and cure.

The IEE network was founded in 2010 by Uppsala University in collaboration with the Swedish National Veterinary Institute (SVA, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the Linnaeus University. The aim of the project is to integrate the research capabilities of several universities and governmental organizations and thereby establish a sustainable intellectual platform for veterinarians, physicians, molecular biologists, ecologists and environmental chemists with an interest in zoonotic infections to interact and create synergies.

Infection Ecology & Epidemiology aims to stimulate inter-disciplinary collaborations dealing with a range of subjects, from the plethora of zoonotic infections in humans, over diseases with implication in wildlife ecology, to advanced virology and bacteriology. The journal specifically welcomes papers from studies where researchers from multiple medical and ecological disciplines are collaborating so as to increase our knowledge of the emergence, spread and effect of new and re-emerged infectious diseases in humans, domestic animals and wildlife. Main areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  1. Zoonotic microbioorganisms
  2. Vector borne infections
  3. Gastrointestinal pathogens
  4. Antimicrobial resistance
  5. Zoonotic microbioorganisms in changing environment
Types of papers
Original research articles, review articles, case studies, reports, debate pieces and short communications addressing promising research.

Proceedings from meetings on infection ecology and epidemiology may be published as Supplements.


Section Policies


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Invited Editorials

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Review Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Invited Review Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Original Research Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Invited Original Research Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Short Communications

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Letters to the Editor

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Case Studies

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Debate Pieces

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Papers submitted to Infection Ecology & Epidemiology are subject to rigorous peer review so as to ensure that the research published is 'good science'.

Manuscripts are sent out for review electronically, and all correspondence takes place via e-mail. Although the peer review process is accelerated by the use of electronic communication, traditional, high-quality peer-review standards are applied to all manuscripts submitted to the journal.

When submitting an article, authors are invited to suggest two or three possible reviewers who should be experts in their field of study and the subject matter of the article. Authors should not suggest anyone who has published with any of the co-authors within the last five years or anyone who works at the co-authors' institutions. Minimum information to be given for the suggested reviewers is first name, last name and email address. The Editors may or may not make use of the authors' suggested reviewers.

Papers are sent to at least two independent referees.

Infection Ecology & Epidemiology has a 'double blind' review process: Authors are not told who reviewed their paper, and reviewers are not told who wrote the paper. Peer reviewers are informed of the identity of the authors immediately after the manuscript is either accepted or rejected. The referees’ identity remains unknown to the authors although it is up to the referee if he/she wants to contact the author at a later stage and reveal his/her identity.

Peer reviewers are asked to give their opinion on a number of issues pertinent to the scientific and formal aspects of a paper, and to judge the papers on grounds of originality and urgency. All relevant information will be forwarded to the author(s).

Peer reviewers will have six possible options, for each article:

1. Accept manuscript (i.e. no need for any revision)
2. Accept after revision (i.e. accepted if the author makes the requested revisions)
3. Revise and resubmit (i.e. accepted or rejected after revisions have been made - paper will be sent out for another peer review round)
4. Submit elsewhere (i.e. if the manuscript is better suited for another journal)
5. Reject manuscript (i.e. if the manuscript is substandard)
6. See comments (i.e. if the reviewer cannot choose from any of the above)

In addition, papers may be rejected directly by the Chief Editor if judged to be out of scope or if scientifically or formally sub-standard.

When asking for revisions, reviewers have two possible goals: to ask authors to tighten their arguments based on existing data or to identify areas where more data are needed. Even formal revision may be required if the language or style is sub-standard. To facilitate rapid publication, authors are given a maximum of 2 months for revision. After 2 months, revised manuscripts will be considered new submissions.


Publication Frequency

All articles to Infection Ecology & Epidemiology are posted online immediately as they are ready for publication. All articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) whereby they become searchable and citeable without delay. Articles will not be collated in issues.


Open Access Policy

Infection Ecology & Epidemiology is published under the Open Access model and is therefore free for anybody to read and download, and to copy and disseminate for educational purposes. Articles will be published immediately after the final corrections of the master proof have been made. When posted online, articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) whereby it becomes possible to search and cite them without delay.

The Open Access model used for Infection Ecology & Epidemiology implies that production costs are partly covered by publication fees normally paid for by the author’s institution or funding agency. The total sum will be charged to the author(s) upon acceptance of his/her article. Author from institutions which have difficulty in paying may be eligible for a full or partial waiver of the publication fee. The Publisher would be happy to provide more information or discuss individual cases. The ability of authors to pay remains unknown to the Editors prior to possible acceptance.

Infection Ecology & Epidemiology is accessible via the journal’s website at http://www.InfectionEcologyandEpidemiology.net as well as via international search engines such as Google Scholar.

Under the Open Access model authors retain copyright. See copyright section.



Infection Ecology & Epidemiology is part of the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

In addition, all papers published in Infection Ecology & Epidemiology are archived for posterity with CLOCKSS and Portico.


Author Self-Archiving

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post items submitted to this journal on personal or institutional websites, prior to and after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of that publication).