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We are pleased to welcome you to the website of the  journal “MEDICAL PARASITOLOGY AND PARASITIC DISEASES”!

New Edition of the Journal “Medical Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases

Editorial Board address to the authors and readers

Since 2019, the founder and the publishers of the Journal “Medical Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases” became LLC “P.G. SERGIEV SCIENTIFIC AND EDUCATIONAL CENTER OF PARASITOLOGY” who are private Publishers.  Therefore in accordance with the current rules in respect of indexing both in the Russian RSCI as well as in the world bases of scientific citation (Scopus, Web of Science and others) the design of the Journal will be gradually changing.

Apart from the paper variant, the Journal presented in the digital format in the site “medparasitology.org”, where accepted scientific papers will be published. Apart from that, the Journal changed the format of pages, the cover page design and polygraph in order to facilitate to print the drawings, graphs etc. in color.

Starting from issue 3, 2018, each scientific paper will get unique digital  identification ( Digital Object Identifier, or doi) consisting of identificator of journal, volume, issue number, year and the number of pages of paper version in which article appeared. In pressing that citation, the reader will get the page with metadata of an article which will enable him to read the full text. Metadata of articles presented in English and Russian. One can also read the changes made by us in the Rules for the Authors. The reader will also get acquainted with the members of Editorial Board.

The Journal does not plan to be limited by fixed number of pages. Provision exists to increase the volume whenever it will be necessary.

The last year was quite challenging for Editorial Board and Publishers to retain the publishing the Journal, but because of undertaken efforts the challenges were overcome.  The Journal is ready to celebrate its 100 anniversary in a few coming years.

It is hoped that renovated journal “Medical Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases” as one of the oldest medical journal of Russia, will continue its role in  providing  informative support  which was instrumental in the considerable reduction of a number of dangerous parasitic disease in the territory of ex-USSR and contemporary Russia during the last 95 years.

From the history of the Journal

First issue of the Journal “Medical Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases” came up in 1923. At that time, the principal aim of the Public Health in the USSR was the control of communicable and parasitic diseases. Malaria was at the top of the list. To tackle the challenge of malaria, the Government of the USSR established a network of research institutions and anti-malaria stations aiming at the development of appropriate strategy capable to solve the problem of malaria and other parasitic diseases. Research activities and practical results acquired by epidemiologists, parasitologists, clinicians and entomologists required the establishment the platform for communications and exchange by ideas and experiences. The First All Russia Malaria Forum took place in 1923 and its participants unanimously supported the resolution calling for establishment of special journal on medical parasitology.

Originally, the journal was bearing the title “Russian Journal of Tropical Medicine”. Professors Evgenii Ivanovich Martsinovskii and Konstantin Ivanovich Skryanin were co-editors of the journal. The themes of the journal  were assigned to  various sections like ptotozoology and protozoa diseases, helminthology and worm diseases, entomology and arachnology, biological chemistry and chemotherapy, hygiene of countries with hot climate. Journal circulation was rather modest – 500 copies. In the following years, the periodicity of the journal was 6 issues a year and the circulation increased up to 800 copies.

By 1929, the content of the journal was expanded at the expense of 4 new sections: leprosy, veterinary, hematology and poisonous animals. This was accompanied by the alteration of the title of the journal which became the “Russian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Veterinary Parasitology”. Incidentally, issue 3 of 1929 was devoted to Dengue fever which during that time was endemic in Greece and Turkey, while vector of the disease – Aedes aegypti was available in the southern parts of the USSR. The disease is still known in the Southern Europe and Ae. aegypti mosquitoes are found recently in the Black Sea coastal areas of Russia.

The title of the journal was again changed in 1930 to the “Tropical Medicine and Veterinary”, and in 1932 it was named as “Medical Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases” and this title was retained up to now. Professor E.I.Martsinovskii was Editor-In-Chief during 1923-1934, and K.I.Skryabin and P.G.Sergiev were his Deputies, while A.M.Krantzfeld was Executive Secretary.

Editorial Board consisted of famous soviet scientists, and the Editorial Counsel of the Journal consisted of total of 12 scientists-parasitologists from Perm, Rostov-on-Don, Bukhara, Tiflis, Stalinabad, Odessa, Saratov, Voronezh, Baku, Erevan, Kharkov, Astrakhan cities.

Following the demise of E.I. Martsinovskii, the co-editors of the Journal were Professors K.I.Skryabin and Sh.D. Moschkovski in 1934-35. In 1936, Professor P.G.Sergiev took over from them and became the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal.

The activities of the Journal were particularly impressive during the Great Patriotic War (1941-45). In spite of the difficulties due to the War, the Journal rendered its informative, scientific and coordination role to the staff of all anti-malaria stations and profile institutions. Remarkably, its circulation was not reduced as well as its circulation.

To facilitate the task of control of malaria and other parasitic diseases, the profile institutions of the USSR were assigned with the priority research directions in 1942. Thus, the Ukranian Tropical Institute was dealing with the prevention of helminthic diseases among miners. Tropical Institute of Georgia was assigned with the task of prevention and control if ancylostomiasis.  Armenian Institute of Tropical Institute was pursing the task of prevention of amoebiasis . Tropical Institute of Uzbekistan was dealing with the control of tick borne diseases. Tropical Institute of Tajikistan was involved in control of sand-fly transmitted diseases, while Institute of Azerbaijan was associated with the control of trichostrongyliasis.

In 1941-45, the Journal was keeping informed its readers on various important scientific achievements in the control and prevention of parasitic diseases, published official documents on governmental policies particularly in respect of parasitic diseases, published results of scientific achievements abroad, and alike.

In the following years, the Journal published abstracts of scientific papers on various aspects of parasitology as well as reviews and bibliography published abroad.

During the total period of the existence of the Journal (95 years), a several outstanding Soviet and Russian scientists were serving as Editor-In-Chief. Among them there were Directors of the Martsinovskii Institute: E.I.Martsinovskii (1923-1934), Academician P.G.Sergiev (1936-1972), Corresponding Member of Medical Academy of the USSR K.P.Chagin (1972-1980).

Professor V.V. Kucheruk of the Gamaleya Institute was Editor-In-Chief during 1981-1988), followed by Professor L.S.Yarotzkii of the Martsinovskii Institute during 1988-1994 and by Academician V.P.Sergiev from 1995 up to now.

A number of scientists from the Martsinovskii Institute were serving in the capacity of the Executive Secretary of the Journal; among them there were P.P.Popov, A.M.Krantzfeld, Corresponding Member of the Medical Academy of the USSR Professor V.P.Pod’yapolskaya, Professor V.P. Derbeneva-Uchkova, Candidates  of  Medical Sciences V.B.Schensnovich, Z.K.Voronina, A.A.Frolova.

Following scientists heavily contributed towards fruitful longevity of the Journal: Professors A.N. Alexeev, N.A.Romanenko, E.S. Leikina, N.N.Ozeretzkovskaya, N.N.Duchanina, E.E.Schuikina, V.P.Dremova, M.H.Lebedeva, V.D.Zavoikin, A.M.Baranova., Doctors of Medical Sciences O.G.Poletaeva, L.A.Ganushkina, Candidates of Medical Sciences O.I.Kellina, I.S.Vasilieva, L.V Fediyanina and many others. These persons were heavily engaged, free of charge, at the expense of their own time, in providing referee conclusions on the merit of submitted papers to be published in the Journal. They also served in the capacity of scientific editors from time to time.

Scientific merits of published papers in the Journal were reflected in its inclusion (from 2008) into the new reduction of the List of leading scientific journals and publications, recommended by Higher  Attestation Commission for publication of basic scientific results of dissertations awarded with the degree of  Doctor or Candidate of Science.

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