malaria vector-borne diseases

Bednets can be used many ways

Last week we started our work in Adami Tullu, Ethiopia. We started collecting mosquitoes, a work which involves walking around in the villages. Over the last year, bednets have been distributed, and most households should own at least one net (and maybe they do). We were able to see some of the nets; used as they should be used, as curtains, in fences, protecting trees and bushes, and used to store food and grass. We were also told by the people, rats taking parts of the nets to build nests is a big problem. Below are some pictures of alternative bednet use.

Bednets used to keep bugs or cattle away from trees
Bednets used to keep bugs or cattle away from trees
Bednets are perfect for storing grass. Here in a tree.


Is the net used to keep bugs away from the chilli, or just stored in a convenient place?



PeerJ one year old

Today, June 12 2013, PeerJ claims to be one year old. I guess, in one way it is, but I would claim it is 4 months old. Just to ruin the birthday party. I have three children, and I do not celebrate their birthday on the day I made it official that we where going to have a child, but the day I first saw them. Anyway, lets pretend PeerJ is one year old, and celebrate.

When I first heard about PeerJ, I thought it was a brilliant idea; spend money on research, not publisher’s profit; make reviews open; fast publication; do not select articles based on expected impact, but quality; and make articles available to everyone. And they managed to do it: a life time membership costs $99 (one article a year); 40% of reviewers now providing their name and almost 80% of authors making their reviews public; median time for final decision (accepted articles) is 49 days; and for the last two, look at the first 87 articles, and judge for yourself.

My favourite article so far is “Significant changes in the skin microbiome mediated by the sport of roller derby“, simply because the research, setting, and methods are fun. I really hope more people will embrace PeerJ, and their thinking about open research, data, and publishing costs. Personally I think the Lancet, Nature, …, look like old grumpy men now, claiming the Earth is flat.

And the best of all; today you can win a monkey fridge magnet. All you have to do is typing:

“PeerJ just turned one (or four months, really)! Open access publishing, for just $99 for life – check them out and submit now!”