Author: Elizabeth Haggie

Call for blogs!

Is there a book that motivated you to become a scientist, or to research a certain aspect of genetics? Or perhaps your perception of science has been altered through something you’ve read? How far do you think the lives of researchers today have been influenced by learning about the lives of those in the past? We want to hear from you!

Jane Gitschier’s bookshelf

Inspired by the new Deep Reads series, kicked off in December with the article “Recommendations from Jane Gitschier’s Bookshelf”, PLOS Genetics would like to hear about the books that have inspired you as a scientist and your views of science in literature. We hope to discover how science, more specifically within the fields of genetics and genomics, is portrayed and its relationship to the wider community. To do this, we invite you to select your favourite genetics-themed book  (fiction or non-fiction) and write a short review, relating the piece back to your own experiences as a scientist, whether you are studying or embarking on a career in science.

Selected posts will be published on PLOS Biologue and should be no more than 800 words with one or two images. They should address the questions outlined above, and relate to a book (either fiction or non-fiction) with a genetics/genomics component.

PLOS Biologue publishes under the Open Access Creative Commons Attribution license. Please ensure that the image(s) you use, especially if taken from other sources, fall under this license or are in the public domain.

Please send entries to by 14th March, 2014 and we’ll be in touch if yours is chosen.

We look forward to reading about the books that have motivated you!

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Holiday reading with PLOS Genetics

Do you have a reading list this holiday season? Unsure what to buy for your lab’s Secret Santa this year? Here at PLOS Genetics our usual business is strictly scientific, but we’re also interested in how science and genetics meet a wider community – and one of those ways is through literature (not just of the research variety!).

To celebrate our broader horizons as scientists and science enthusiasts (as well as our simple desire for a good book), PLOS Genetics has just launched Deep Reads, a new article series inspired by our interviews editor, Jane Gitschier, who has run a genetics-themed book club for the past 10 years or so. Jane has written the first instalment, Recommendations from Jane Gitschier’s Bookshelf, but hopes that other members of the genetics community will subsequently take up the pen.

Image credit: State Library of New South Wales (Flickr)

Image credit: State Library of New South Wales (Flickr)

The article is a catalogue of her favourite books related to science, stepping off from genetics but going beyond into other scientific domains. Many of our readers will already know and love Jane’s collection of interviews, in which she talks to influential people from the world of genetics about their scientific discoveries and life stories. In a similar conversational style, Jane takes us through a journey of memoirs and biographies, and delves into a variety of non-fiction and fiction. We’re delighted that she has provided the initiative to kick-off the new Deep Reads series, and we look forward to reading others’ top literary picks in future instalments.

As a community journal, PLOS Genetics is run by and for scientists, whether full-time researchers, students, or those with an interest in genetics and genomics. With the launch of Deep Reads, we hope to learn about the books that you’ve read and your views on science in literature. Have they affected your perception of science?  How do you think reading about the lives of scientists in the past has influenced the lives of researchers today? Perhaps there was a book that spurred you on to investigate a certain aspect of genetics, or motivated you as you began your career in science. If you’re looking for some holiday reading or deciding on gifts for your family and friends, we hope that this list of books also provides some inspiration as the holiday season approaches!

If you have read any of the books recommended by Jane or have some of your own “Deep Reads” to recommend, we invite you to tell us by leaving a comment here, tweeting @PLOSGenetics (#PLOSGenReads), or emailing us at

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PLOS Genetics partners with Dryad

PLOS Genetics is pleased to announce its new partnership with Dryad, an Open Access repository for data underlying peer-reviewed articles. Following PLOS Biology’s integration with Dryad last year (detailed by Theo Bloom in her piece on dealing with data), PLOS Genetics authors can now take advantage of a fully integrated Dryad submission process, making their data discoverable, freely reusable, and citable.

PLOS’s ideal is that all data underpinning articles published in the journals should be made immediately available without restrictions upon publication. We are confident that this process will be made easier for our authors by giving them the option of deposition to Dryad upon manuscript submission. We hope that this new partnership will be useful as we work towards improving data access at PLOS, as discussed by John Chodacki earlier this year. The question of obtaining data used in research articles was also recently highlighted by Roli Roberts in his post, “Dude, Where’s My Data?”.


Image credit: Charles Babb Special Collection, San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive (Flickr)

Dryad provides a multi-purpose and multi-disciplinary solution to data accessibility, and can be used by all authors submitting to PLOS Genetics, especially where no field-specific database exists. Through Dryad, data is assigned unique identifiers (DOIs) and is free to download upon publication of the article. Reviewers and editors will also be able to access the data during the peer review process. Once their article is published, authors can track citations of any data they have deposited in Dryad through the DOI, and it will be curated and stored with no inconvenience to them.

Please note that Dryad introduced a Data Publication Charge on 1st September 2013. For authors selecting the service, this fee will be charged by Dryad to the author if/when the related manuscript is accepted for publication, so there is no charge while manuscripts are under review.

We are looking forward to working with Dryad and improving the way we provide access to data in the articles we publish, in keeping with PLOS’s commitment to make research more open and accessible to all.

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