PLOS (The Public Library of Science) is a non profit publisher and advocacy organization on a mission to lead a transformation in research communication. From its start, PLOS has engaged in debate about science and medicine.
Beginning with the launch of our main blog, plos.org, back in 2006, PLOS quickly realized how informal communication can catch readers’ attention and help share and explain important scientific ideas. PLOS ONE then launched their journal blog, everyONE in March 2009. Two months later, the editors of PLOS Medicine started Speaking of Medicine to interact with those interested in global health.
The PLOS Blogs Network has been set up to bring a select group of independent science and medicine bloggers together with the editors and staff who run our journals and blogs. Our independent network is made up of writers who love science and medicine, and scientists and physicians that love to write. Here, you’ll find an equal mix of blogs from journalists and researchers tackling diverse issues in science and medicine. The shared mission of our contributors is to promote greater understanding of breakthrough science for a variety of reader types, including policy makers, the academic science community, researchers, medical and mental health practitioners, journalists and the general public.
The PLOS Blogs Community Manager is Victoria Costello. She is an Emmy Award winning science writer, book author and blogger, and a social media strategist specializing in nonprofit science and health communication. Costello currently serves as the interface between the PLOS community of external bloggers and the seven PLOS open access scientific journals and journal-affiliated community blogs. She manages editorial flow for the external PLOS blogs and receives proposals for guest blog posts and new blogs from scientists and science writers. Victoria Costello can be contacted by email at: email@example.com.
Here are the details of our network:
- Our PLOS Blogs Network is 100% ad-free
- There are three very distinct types of blogs on the PLOS Blogs Network: the official PLOS blog, the PLOS journal blogs (collectively known as The PLOS Blogs), and blogs from the independent network (a.k.a. The PLOS Blog Network)
- The official PLOS blog: This content is produced, edited, and/or maintained by PLOS staff. Here you will find organizational announcements including new projects, site functionality, and developments regarding the Open Access movement in which PLOS is proud to play a leadership role along with our academic, public policy and other partners.
- The journal blogs: This content is produced, edited, and/or maintained by PLOS journal staff with contributions from affiliated authors, academic reviewers and advisers, and individuals in their respective fields: The current journal blogs are Speaking of Medicine (PLOS Medicine, PLOS Pathogens, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases) PLOS Biologue (PLOS Biology, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Computational Biology), and everyONE (PLOS ONE community blog).
- Our independent blogger network (The PLOS Blog Network): This content is produced, edited, and/or maintained by the authors who are not PLOS employees or independent contractors.
- All of the content in The PLOS Blogs Network came from the minds of the authors. PLOS does not screen, edit, or otherwise meddle with content on the these blogs in any way. Our bloggers and our users are held to exactly the same standards, and the community guidelines apply to everyone that uses our site. If a blogger has posted content that you believe violates our site abuse policy, please contact PLOS here.
- Bloggers monitor their own comment threads: All comments will be reviewed by the author of the blog where you leave your thoughts. Just follow our simple community guidelines and we’ll all get along just fine.
- Material posted to any independent blog on the PLOS Blog Network is available for reuse by readers under one of two Creative Commons Open Access Licenses (CCAL 3.0 Commercial). Please check at the bottom of each PLOS Network blog for the correct content license governing its content.
- With a CC:BY Creative Commons License the blogger keeps copyright but allows anyone to copy and distribute the work provided the individual blogger is given credit as the author, and PLOS BLOGS is credited as the source: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
- With a CC:BY:NC Creative Commons License the blogger keeps copyright and allows anyone to copy and distribute the work provided the reuse is for noncommercial purposes only, the blogger is given credit as author, and PLOS BLOGS is credited as source. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to process any request for commercial reuse of a PLOS BLOGS post. PLOS will forward such inquiries to the individual bloggers.
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