Professor Stéphane Picot, new Associate Editor of Parasite (May 2017)

At its annual congress in Toulouse, March 2017, the French Society of Parasitology appointed Professor Stéphane Picot as Associate Editor for Parasite.

Professor Stéphane Picot, MD, PhD is the founding Director of the Malaria Research Unit at the Institute of Molecular and Supramolecular Chemistry and Biochemistry (ICBMS) and Chair of the Department of Parasitology and Medical Mycology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Lyon, France.

He was Co-editor of the “International Journal of Infectious Diseases” and is currently Academic Editor of “Microbial Cell”. Professor Picot is President of the scientific committee of the French National Reference Centre for Malaria, cofounder and past President of the Consortium against Parasites and Fungi (CAPF), and President of the French committee for the International Congress of Tropical Medicine and Malaria, to be held in Lyon, France in September 2024.

His main areas of interest are malaria and tropical medicine, drug development and regulated cell death. Professor Picot is enthusiastic to be Associate Editor for Parasite, a role in which he will mainly deal with papers in the medical field.

Professor Jean-Lou Justine, Editor-in-Chief, commented: “I am very happy that Stéphane accepted my invitation to be an Associate Editor. Since the start of 2017, we have received more and more manuscripts every week and with the forthcoming increase of the Impact Factor of Parasite, this trend is certainly going to continue. Stéphane will make use of his extensive experience to edit papers in medical parasitology.”

New partnership with ScienceOpen and Parasite (February 2017)

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with ScienceOpen to index content from Parasite on its platform. ScienceOpen is a freely accessible research network to discover and evaluate scientific information. The unified interface and filtering capabilities should provide a better search experience for researchers and more visibility for journals and publishers. ScienceOpen searches more than 27 million full text open access or article metadata records and puts them in context on an interactive platform.

You can engage with ScienceOpen by linking your author profile to ORCID, commenting, sharing and recommending content, as well as doing post publication peer review and creating your own collection from articles available on the platform.

Enjoy using ScienceOpen!

The ‘Annales de Parasitologie Humaine et Comparée' Archives 1985 - 1993 now available! (September 2016)

EDP Sciences and Parasite’s Editor-in-Chief, Jean-Lou Justine, are pleased to announce that more than 500 papers from past issues of the Annales de Parasitologie Humaine et Comparée (previous title for Parasite) are now available on the Parasite website.

All of the papers published between 1985 - 1993 are fully open access and available for you to access now.

Parasite announces impressive rise in Impact Factor (June 2016)

2016 journal citation reports badge

The latest Journal Citation Reports® recently announced by Thomson Reuters have revealed that Parasite’s Impact Factor has risen 63% to 1.781*.

This confirms Parasite’s position as an important voice in the discipline as it grows readership by publishing reviews, articles and short notes on all aspects of human and animal parasitology.

All papers in Parasite are Open-Access.

Click here to read the journal or to submit a paper.

*2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports. Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

New data on chewing lice includes discovery of new “Darth Vader” species

A new species has been discovered. It has been named Ricinus vaderi after Darth Vader the villainous character in Star Wars because of the similarity between the head of the louse and Darth Vader’s helmet.

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Read article: "Chewing lice of genus Ricinus (Phthiraptera, Ricinidae) deposited at the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint Petersburg, Russia, with description of a new species"

Read Press Release to learn more.

Altmetric data now available in all Parasite papers!

EDP Sciences has recently announced the addition of Altmetric data for Parasite.

Altmetric data gives users a more complete picture of how people are engaging with scholarly literature by tracking a variety of sources, including news, social media, bookmarking and peer-review forums, to provide data on the online activity surrounding each research article.

Readers can click on the Altmetric badge to view the original mention and explore the news stories, tweets, blogs and more for themselves.

This data is important to both authors and readers, helping them understand the wider dissemination of research, and allows them to engage in online conversations they may not have been aware of.


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Toxoplasmosis, the universal disease, now found also in Giant Panda

Toxoplasmosis, a disease caused by the protozoan Toxoplasma gondii, infects virtually all warm-blooded animals (mammals and birds), including humans. In February 2014, a 7-year-old female Giant Panda named Jin Yi died in Zhengzhou Zoo, China. Researchers from the Jilin Agricultural University in Changchun, the Military Veterinary Institute in Changchun and the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda, Ya’an, China have now published their analysis, based on immunological and molecular methods. They confirmed that Jin Yi died from acute gastroenteritis and respiratory symptoms caused by toxoplasmosis. This is the first report of toxoplasmosis in the Giant Panda. This finding is an additional example of the ubiquity of Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite famous for reports of its effects on the behaviour of infected mice.


Articles on Malaria and Plasmodium in Parasite

April 25th is World Malaria Day. People all around the world will take part in a wide range of activities to mark this day.

On this occasion, Parasite would like to promote several articles on this topic that were published in the last three years.


New article “Detection of Toxoplasma gondii DNA in horse meat from supermarkets in France and performance evaluation of two serological tests".

This article takes a closer look at the horsemeat sold in French supermarkets.

The authors of this article, Abdelkrim Aroussi, Philippe Vignoles, François Dalmay, Laurence Wimel, Marie-Laure Dardé, Aurélien Mercier and Daniel Ajzenberg.


“In France, some cases of severe toxoplasmosis have been linked to consumption of horse meat imported from the American continent where atypical strains of Toxoplasma gondii are more common than in Europe. Many seroprevalence studies are available in the literature but risk assessment of T. gondii infection related to horse meat consumption is not possible because of the absence of validated of serological tests and the unknown correlation between detection of antibodies against T. gondii and presence of tissue cysts.”

To be clear: to avoid any risk of toxoplasmosis, it’s recommended to cook horsemeat thoroughly.
A warning to those who like their meat rare.

Open Access

Detection of Toxoplasma gondii DNA in horse meat from supermarkets in France and performance evaluation of two serological tests
Abdelkrim Aroussi et al.

Nouvel article sur la "Détection de l’ADN de Toxoplasma gondii et évaluation des performances de deux tests sérologiques dans la viande de cheval vendue dans les supermarchés en France"

Et si on zoomait un peu sur ce qu’il y a dans nos assiettes, et plus particulièrement sur la viande de cheval vendue en supermarché ? Existe-t-il des risques à en consommer ?

Les auteurs de cet article (Abdelkrim Aroussi, Philippe Vignoles, François Dalmay, Laurence Wimel, Marie-Laure Dardé, Aurélien Mercier, Daniel Ajzenberg) se sont penchés sur la question.


« En France, quelques cas de toxoplasmose sévère ont été liés à la consommation de viande de cheval qui avait été importée du continent américain où les souches atypiques de Toxoplasma gondii sont plus fréquentes qu’en Europe. De nombreuses études de séroprévalence existent dans la littérature mais l’estimation du risque d’infection par T. gondii après consommation de viande de cheval est impossible à cause de l’absence de validation des tests sérologiques et la corrélation inconnue entre la détection des anticorps anti T. gondii et la présence de kystes dans les tissus. »

En tout état de cause, pour éviter tout risque de toxoplasmose, il est recommandé de bien cuire notre viande. Annonce aux amateurs de viande bien saignante : le futur de la viande de cheval s’annonce moins rose !

Open Access

Detection of Toxoplasma gondii DNA in horse meat from supermarkets in France and performance evaluation of two serological tests
Abdelkrim Aroussi et al.