PLoS reached another major milestone yesterday when PLoS Biology moved to the single publishing platform (called Ambra) that is now home to all the PLoS journals.
The Ambra publishing system is built on top of Topaz – an application that stores data in a combination of a semantic database (which holds all the metadata) and a digital repository (which stores images, and xml files etc).
The April cover of PLoS Biology featured below is particularly appropriate for this post since in many ways this migration feels like another piece of the Open Access puzzle has been put in place. This is an image of rod and cone receptors in the primate retina and credit is due to Jeffrey Gauthier (Salk Institute for Biological Studies).
This project concludes over a year’s worth of work involving many teams at PLoS and we are happy with the result.