Commitment to Action

Journal Devoted to the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)

Commitment by

The Public Library of Science

In 2006, The Public Library of Science (PLoS) commited to help scientists tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) by making research, policy, and educational materials on these diseases freely available and by creating innovative tools to read and mine this online literature. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), the world's first open-access journal devoted to NTDs, was launched in October 2007 ( with a start-up grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It publishes peer-reviewed research on scientific, medical, and public-health aspects of these forgotten diseases, plus commentary, analysis, review, and debate. The journal aims to: (1) provide a forum for the NTDs community of scientific investigators, health practitioners, control experts, and advocates to publish their findings in an open-access format; (2) promote and profile the efforts of scientists, health practitioners, and public-health experts from endemic countries, and build science and health capacity in those countries; (3) highlight the global public-health importance of the NTDs and advocate for the plight of the poor who suffer from these diseases in endemic countries.





Journal Devoted to the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)



Est. Duration

3 years

Estimated Total Value



Northern America

Commitment by

The Public Library of Science

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

FHI 360, Sandler Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The TOPAZ Project, Open Society Institute