Planet@Risk - Special Issue on One Health

In times of global connectivity, with emerging infectious diseases and zoonoses, such as Ebola, Avian Influenza and Swine flu, it has become crucial to seek convergence between previously separate spheres of action in human, animal and environmental health. A healthy global society requires greater cooperation, coordination and interdisciplinary and cross-sectorial cooperation.

One Health as it is understood and promoted here,  is a broad and holistic paradigm that addresses and frames the complex interactions between human health, livestock, pet and wildlife health, environmental health, ecosystems services, climate, water, sanitation, food systems, energy, human development, equity and justice; One Health as a paradigm cutting across science, society, policy and practice, to improve  and strengthen global public health and sustainable development perspectives. However, the holistic One Health approach still lacks concrete, evidence-based examples that demonstrate its effectiveness and added values. In addition, preventive measures today are still much less common in health care services than disease control measures due to a lack of a consistent and systematic health risk management framework with risk analysis and risk assessment procedures which will lead to consistent decisions and to a pro-active, risk oriented ex-ante strategy for an optimized, integral planning of measures.

This Special Issue of Planet@Risk searches for   papers focusing on the topics addressed above. We would like to encourage potential authors to contribute to this Special Issue from the many different perspectives, in particular also from the social sciences, to enrich the discussion on the current status of a holistic One Health paradigm. Audience This Special Issue on One Health is of interest to those in human medicine, veterinary medicine, infectious diseases, public health, zoonoses, parasitology, wildlife, epidemiology, immunology, virology, bacteriology, pathology, nutrition, water and sanitation, toxicology, food science, environmental health, sustainable development, equity, socio-economy, etc.

Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts should be formatted and be submitted online according to the instructions outlined in the Guidelines for Authors. In order to submit a contribution in the correct format, authors are advised to use our Template for Manuscripts. Manuscripts submitted in a different format than the one requested, will not be considered for the review process.

English language editing: English language editing will be done by experts/editors after receipt of article processing charge. However manuscript must be of good quality English at the time of submission, otherwise it will be rejected at the initial stage. The English language editing will be done free of cost.

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not comply with these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in "Comments to the Editor").
  2. All co-authors have given their consent to the final version of the manuscript and to its submission to the journal for publication. The lead author is responsible to achieve that consent.
  3. The submission file is in Open Office, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  4. The template for manuscripts has been used to format the manuscript and the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the guidelines for authors have been followed.


Manuscript Due: January 15, 2016

First Decision Date: February 15, 2016

Revision Due: March 15, 2016

Final Decision Due: March 31, 2016