Last week the staff at PLOS attended the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, held just a mile from our San Francisco office. If you were able to stop by the exhibition hall, you would have found representatives from
various journals at the PLOS booth. It was a great opportunity to connect with readers, authors, editors, reviewers, and a few people who hadn’t heard of us, believe it or not!
We invited authors to look up their published articles in exchange for a PLOS t-shirt – we gave away a lot of t-shirts. This afforded us the opportunity to show off our new article level metrics (or rather we had the authors show off their own metrics to us). Many were thrilled to find out just how easy it is to find all articles that had cited their work. We also had some delightful reactions from those who discovered they had been referenced in Wikipedia.
We also took the opportunity to share and discuss our new Open Access guide: How Open Is It? Some of the most rewarding conversations were with readers who discovered that all of our articles could be read anywhere, anytime, and that the contents could be freely re-used for research and education.
We had some fantastic discussions with many who are well acquainted with PLOS and its mission. Members of the PLOS Genetics Editorial board took advantage of our booth as a meeting point to talk to each other and to authors. We also met some very devoted authors and reviewers, as well as PLOS ONE Editors. We talked about the future of scientific publishing and open access, and we heard feedback from users on their experiences with PLOS. If any of you are reading this now, rest assured your feedback has been passed on to the relevant parties.
In December you will be able to find us at the Annual meetings for the American Geophysical Union, and the American Society for Cell Biology. Hope to see you there!