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PLOS NTDs Editors in Chief, Sabin's Dr. Peter Hotez and Serap Aksoy of Yale University, discuss the citation profile of their publication.

"SW: Did you expect PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases to become highly cited, or is this surprising to you?
 
Yes, of course we expected it to be highly cited! PLOS NTDs filled a much-needed role and we are confident that the work published in the journal will continue to be of the highest importance to our community of researchers and policy makers. 
 
SW How would you account for the journal’s growing citation rate?
 
There are many factors for our growing citation rate, including expanded resources for NTD research worldwide. We believe that the largest factor is our focus on increasing access, opportunity, and scientific capacity for researchers in endemic countries. We strive for increasing numbers of submissions and increasing representation on our Editorial Board from researchers who work in endemic regions. It’s also vitally important that we are completely Open Access, and that PLOS provides additional support for researchers in low- and middle-income countries through its Global Participation Initiative."