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Journal of Water & Health Special Issue on

Antibiotic Resistance and Water Environments


 CALL FOR PAPERS

The Journal of Water & Health will publish a special issue entitled “Antibiotic Resistance and Water Environments” in 2020.

The objective of this special issue is to gather original and high-quality studies related to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in water environments. This special issue focuses on any area covered in the AMR and water environment topics, which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Overview of AMR in water environments;

  • Overview of WASH interventions to combat AMR and existing WHO activities;

  • Risk assessment of AMR in water environments;

  • AMR gene transfer in water environments;

  • Environmental sources and pathways of AMR;

  • Relative contribution of WASH versus livestock/food and human/health care.


Special Issue Guest Editors

Maronel Steyn, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa 

Tasha Santiago-Rodriguez, Diversigen Inc., USA

Gary Toranzos, University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico



Rationale of the Issue

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been raised as important for the international agenda. AMR is not only a major threat to global health, but also our future economy. Worldwide, more than 700,000 deaths are annually linked to AMR agents. While the relative role of the environment is unclear at this stage, an important first step is to identify hotspots of AMR spread and human exposure, and to explore (model) possible benefits of actions to cut/reduce the load of AMR agents into environmental compartments. This special issue is designed to gather cutting-edge knowledge on the potential contribution of the environment to the spread of AMR agents, by evaluating the status of knowledge on the relationship between AMR and the water environment. This issue aims to disseminate recent information on AMR and water environments to academics and those involved with current WHO and National Action Plans for AMR, and to aid in identifying effective practices of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) on AMR.


Manuscript Submission Information

Research articles and review articles are invited. A manuscript proposal, composed of a title, author information and short abstract (up to 150 words), should be sent to the Journal Office (jwh@iwap.co.uk), IWA Publishing by September 30th, 2019 prior to the full manuscript preparation and submission. Authors will receive an invitation letter for submission upon approval of the Guest Editors.

Important Dates

Proposal Submission Deadline: September 30, 2019 

Full Paper Submission Deadline: December 15, 2019

Expected Special Issue Publication: June 2020

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