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MalariaWorld is looking for columnists (deadline 15 December)

November 7, 2013 - 21:58 -- Bart G.J. Knols

MalariaWorld is looking for authors to write columns about malaria - in the broadest sense. What we all read in scientific articles on malaria is only the tip of the iceberg when it gets to the world of malaria. Our malaria world is shaped by funding agencies, meeting outcomes, opinionated individuals and politics, but also you.

MalariaWorld is looking for columnists that have ideas, views and opinions, and who are willing to write about critical issues in our field. But also reports on field visits, experiences, surprising results, or simply stories about malaria that captivate the global malaria community (our audience) are welcome.

If you are a good writer and are interested in this opportunity you should let us know. You should be a registered member of MalariaWorld and your main professional activity should be in the field of malaria.

Interesting columns may be invited to submit a full opinion or review article to the MalariaWorld Journal (remember: we do not charge author fees).

We will pay € 100 for each column, and by signing up you commit to writing five columns in 2014. Payment will be effected after the 5th column has been published in 2014.

To sign up, please send us an email (to with 'Columnist' in the subject header and the following details:

- Name

- Institution and position

- Information about your malaria work (max. 200 words)

- Your motivation to become a columnist for MalariaWorld (max. 500 words)

- If you have written columns (or have written popular science articles on malaria), please attach one or two to your email so that we get a feel for your experience and writing style.

The editorial office of the MalariaWorld Journal will make a selection amongst those that register. Selected columnists will receive specific dates in 2014 when their columns should be received by our office.

Remember the deadline for expressing your interest: 15 December!

We look forward to hearing from you,

The MalariaWorld team


William Jobin's picture
Submitted by William Jobin on

Hi Bart,

Thank you for offering to let some of us write regular columns. You made me think of our quarterly meetings in the eastern US of the African Malaria Dialogues, which began 2 years ago. We have about 20-30 members, depending on where we meet. We are thinking of establishing our own blog site, but since you have 8,000 readers it might be smarter to work with you.

We meet quarterly, our next meeting probably in January. I have always summarized our meetings, and have a backlog of notes from 2 years, for about 8 meetings. Usually I have sent a quick note to you at MW as well.

We operate on good will and enthusiasm, but have no budget, agenda or elected leaders. We all pay our own travel, lodging and meal expenses ourselves. I really like this kind of slim organization.

But the reason I am particularly interested in the idea is that I have been thinking of expanding the Dialogues - but into Africa, so that Africans at home could participate. We currently have 5-10 African faculty and students in the US who attend, an excellent but very small group.

If we held Malaria Dialogues in Africa, they could be regional, either by language or ecology groupings. On a language basis, we might also link them with non-Africans who spoke the language and who could also afford to travel to Africa for the Dialogues.

Anyway, what would you think of setting up a MW Column for African Malaria Dialogues? Maybe if we grouped regionally it would embolden people to make more contributions. At least in the beginning the blog could carry reports of our quarterly meetings in the US.

Coordinator for Africa Malaria Dialogue

William Jobin Director of Blue Nile Associates

Bart G.J. Knols's picture
Submitted by Bart G.J. Knols on

Dear Bill,

You know what MalariaWorld is after: An open, transparent, and informed dialogue amongst those professionally engaged in the field of malaria (in the broadest sense). I welcome both your suggestions: to set up these African dialogues,as well as provide feedback on your meetings in the USA. If you can and are willing to take the lead for this, you're most welcome.

From our end we will offer all the technical support to make this work.
Best wishes,

Bart G.J. Knols's picture
Submitted by Bart G.J. Knols on

Dear Manuel,
We have quite a number of interested people from which we will select 5-6 any day soon. If you want to contribute that is fine, but you will not be paid (I guess this will not be an issue for you). If this indeed is not a problem, I can add you to the list.

Best wishes,