Please help me out... Bart Knols, MalariaWorld 12 August 2009 Dear authors, I have not the slightest hesitation to assume that the work you reported in this article is of high quality; it would not have been published in Malaria J if this wasn't the case. But for me and those thousands of other readers of the journal, can you please explain to me what this is all about? I have been in the field of malaria for 20 years (on the vector side), sit on the editorial board of this and several other journals, but had a really really hard time to understand the crux of your story. Would it not be good for Malaria J to co-publish a few hundred words (in a box) in a language that we all speak and understand alongside every article? Explain in simple terms to those not directly engaged at this level what this study was all about, what was found, and how it contributes to our knowledge and ultimately the goal of controlling if not eliminating malaria. Competing interests None declared.