Lancet Infectious Diseases

The Lancet is a weekly peer-reviewed general medical journal. It is one of the world's best known, oldest, and most respected general medical journals. The Lancet was founded in 1823 by Thomas Wakley, an English surgeon who named it after the surgical instrument called a lancet, as well as after the term "lancet arch", a window with a sharp pointed arch, to indicate the "light of wisdom" or "to let in light". It publishes original research articles, review articles ("seminars" and "reviews"), editorials, book reviews, correspondence, as well as news features and case reports. The Lancet has been owned by Elsevier since 1991. As of 1995, the editor-in-chief is Richard Horton. The journal has editorial offices in London, New York, and Beijing. In the 2010 Journal Citation Reports, The Lancet s impact factor was ranked second among general medical journals, at 33.63, after The New England Journal of Medicine (53.48). The Lancet also has several speciality journals all bearing the parent title: The Lancet Neurology (neurology), The Lancet Oncology (oncology), and The Lancet Infectious Diseases (infectious diseases), all of which publish original research and reviews. These three

Impact factor
33.633 (2010)

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Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

'Hybrid immunity' gives best COVID protection: studies

People with the "hybrid immunity" of having been both fully vaccinated and previously infected with COVID-19 have the strongest protection against the virus, two new studies said on Friday.

Medical research

The scientific race to understand the omicron variant

Late last year, preliminary studies revealed that the fast-spreading omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant was likely to evade COVID-19 antibodies but, in many people, less so than expected. Now one of those studies from Karolinska ...

Medical research

Global strategy on schistosomiasis aims to eliminate the disease

As a medical student looking for a research project, Nathan Lo, MD, Ph.D., stumbled across schistosomiasis, a parasitic worm disease that infects people in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and South America when they bathe or ...


Drug combination fails to improve outcomes in influenza

A new combination of antiviral drugs did not improve clinical outcomes in hospitalized patients with severe influenza, according results from a recent clinical trial published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

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