Academic publisher Taylor & Francis today launched a Monkeypox Hub and journal article collection. These new resources will help scientists, practitioners, and members of the public find the trusted, peer-reviewed research they need to understand every aspect of the current outbreak.
The World Health Organization declared the 2022 monkeypox outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. As of August 29, there have been nearly 49,000 confirmed cases across 99 locations (countries, territories, and areas), the vast majority in locations that haven’t historically reported monkeypox cases. The rapid daily increase in cases, with some resulting in death, is causing understandable concern among the public and spurring on scientists to further improve understanding and treatment of the disease.
The new Taylor & Francis Monkeypox Hub is designed for a broad spectrum of users, including public health workers and the public. Across eight sections, the microsite introduces visitors to articles and book chapters on transmission, treatment, and vaccination. The hub also features useful research on tackling health-related stigma and on effective health communication. This is supported by links to advice from a range of authoritative health organizations.
The monkeypox article collection on Taylor & Francis Online brings together, in one place, over 150 papers covering, monkeypox, smallpox, vaccinia, and related vaccines, as well as historical and broader perspectives. The collection was developed for scientists working in these areas, to help advance research discoveries in the fight against monkeypox.
All the articles and book chapters featured in these resources are free to access, in line with the recent call by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for public access to monkeypox-related research. In addition, Taylor & Francis is working with PubMed Central on plans to deposit journal articles in a dedicated monkeypox section of the repository.
New research articles will continue be added to both resources as they are published, so users are encouraged to bookmark the pages to keep up to date with the latest findings and advice.
For researchers, F1000Research is also running a call for participation in a new collection: Trends and Advances in Counteracting Monkeypox: A Global Public Health Emergency. Its purpose is to bring together research related to any aspect of monkeypox and to make this information readily available for researchers, educators, health officials and the general public.