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About our Journal

PLOS ONE is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal for research within all scientific disciplines. Our journal has scholarly journal publishing values at its heart but reflects improvements offered by the online publishing age, as demonstrated by the journal winning the ALPSP Award for Publishing Innovation, 2009 – a major industry award and a testament to the rapid pace of innovation that the journal pioneered in the 3 years since launch.. It was designed specifically for the publication of primary research from all disciplines within science and medicine.

Our journal is run as a partnership between our in-house PLOS staff and an international editorial board consisting of over 1,500 dedicated academics with expertise in a wide range of subject areas.

Ten reasons why you should consider submitting your research to PLOS ONE

1. Authors and readers deserve a world-class publication experience. We have a leading online platform supporting some of the most well respected journals in the business. Our content is formally archived online at PubMed Central, as well as via industry-standard solutions such as LOCKSS. We are members of various industry bodies and organizations, such as CrossRef, COPE (the Committee on Publication Ethics), the ISMTE (International Society of Managing and Technical Editors), and the CSE (Council of Science Editors). We provide features and functionality which are matched by few other publishers (for example: provision of XML, HTML and PDF downloads, usage data (“alt-metrics”) on every article, discussion and rating functionalities, and an outstanding online community we engage through a variety of social media platforms).

2. Broad dissemination. Out with the old – where traditional journal publishers place considerable restrictions on who can read your research and slow the publication of new research. And in with the new: Open Access. For all PLOS journals, authors retain their copyright and the work is made available for everyone to reuse, modify and distribute – with no permission required – as long as the authors and journal are attributed. Usage data on every paper is available to let you track how many times your paper has been downloaded, viewed and cited.

3. Rigorous peer-review. Peer review is the foundation of good academic publishing and we have an editorial boardof over 1,500 academics, who run our peer review process. Authors undergo a rigorous experience and receive thoughtful reviewer comments and requests that must be addressed in order to be published.

4. Speed of publication. Not only are we rigorous, but we take full advantage of electronic publishing techniques to get your work online professionally and quickly. We publish articles every working day and as soon as your paper is ready for publication, it goes online for the world to see.

5. Indexing and Impact Factor. Thomson Reuters is currently indexing PLOS ONE in the Web of Science (the service that a journal needs to be indexed by to acquire an Impact Factor) and we received an Impact Factor in June 2010. In addition, PLOS ONE is fully indexed in MedLine, Pubmed, PubMedCentral, Scopus, Google, Google Scholar, the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), RefAware, EMBASE, AGRICOLA, Food Science and Technology Abstracts (FSTA), PsycInfo, Zoological Records, GeoRef and is searchable via ISI’s Web of Knowledge (depending on subscription level).

We believe that articles in all journals should be assessed on their own merits rather than on the basis of the journal’s impact factor, which estimates the average number of citations to the articles in the journal and is not a good indicator of ‘impact’ for any individual article. To read more about our program of article-level metrics, visit the journal website.

6. Funder compliant. Major funders such as the NIH, HHMI, Wellcome Trust and the MRC want the public to have access to the work that they fund and require that papers be made available to them through PubMed Central (PMC). The easiest way for authors to comply with these requirements is to publish in a PLOS journal because we automatically deposit your work there, with absolutely no effort involved from you at all.

7. Media coverage. Since our launch in 2006, PLOS ONE articles have been covered by the international media on a regular basis – our authors’ research was once featured in The New York Times six weeks in a row. Our papers also receive extensive coverage in the blogosphere and on social aggregation sites, such as Digg and Slashdot.

8. Post-publication discussion. Once your work is online, your colleagues can rate it or comment on it and you can reply to them. You get to see the influence your work has on the scientific community. Previously, labs have runjournal clubs on papers they deem interesting.

9. LaTeX. PLOS ONE accepts LaTeX submissions. Please read the full guidelines for the preparation of LaTeX files for PLOS ONE and submit your paper today!

10. Friendly, efficient and professional service. Above all, we always remember that we are publishing work that you and your colleagues may have toiled over for many years! We believe you deserve to be treated with respect and courtesy and our team work very hard to provide a fast and friendly service.

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One Response to About PLOS ONE

  1. Wolf Mehling says:

    brief question:
    do you publish small pilot studies without dramatic results, e.g. a massage study in children undergoing bone marrow transplantation?

    WE Mehling, MD

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