About PLOS Blogs

 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.

Two Types of PLOS BLOGS

1) PLOS staff-written and edited blogs

Beginning with the launch of the organization’s main blog, plos.org, now known as The Official PLOS Blog, back in 2006, PLOS quickly realized how informal communication can catch PLOS authors and 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, now including the PLOS NTDs and PLOS Pathogens communities. In 2012, PLOS Biology created a staff written and edited blog which now also reflects the interests of followers of PLOS Genetics and PLOS Computational Biology, titled PLOS Biologue. In 2013, the PLOS Product and Development staff created PLOS Tech as a blog to engage interested community members in such topics as Article Level Metrics, and other software and hardware subject areas.

2. Independent blogs hosted by PLOS

There are currently sixteen independent blogs hosted by PLOS on its PLOS Blogs Network. Here, you’ll find a mix of science journalists and researchers tackling diverse issues in science and medicine. The shared mission of these 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.

Views expressed by independent PLOS Network bloggers are solely those of  individual authors, and not necessarily those of PLOS. PLOS does not screen, edit, or otherwise meddle with content on the these blogs in any way. PLOS independent bloggers and site users are held to exactly the same standards, and the community guidelines apply to everyone that uses our site.

These community guidelines can be summed up as follows: The PLOS Blogs Network site offers explanatory science, expert insights and an exchange of civil debate and discussion by authors and readers on matters of scientific interest. This excludes critiques or attacks of a personal nature i.e. on the author’s character — not the substance of the matter.  If a blogger or commenter has posted content that you believe violates this community guideline, please contact PLOS here.

Licensing of PLOS Blogs:  Unless otherwise noted, material posted to any PLOS staff or independent blog on the PLOS Blog Network is available for reuse by readers under a CCBY Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0  

Under a CCBY license, the individual 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. For more information:  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Certain independent blogs on the PLOS Blogs Network, primarily those housed under the heading of “Archived Blogs,” maintain a  CCBYNC Creative Commons Distribution license. Any blog posts carrying this license require different reuse terms as follows: 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. For more information: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ 

Please note; for either CCBY or CCBYNC blog posts, an image used within a blog post does not necessarily carry the same license as the text. If an image caption reads “All Rights Reserved” it is not available for reuse without permission.

Please email blogs@plos.org to process any request for commercial reuse of a CCBYNC PLOS BLOGS post. PLOS will forward such inquiries to the individual bloggers.

The PLOS BLOGS Network is managed by PLOS Senior Social Media and Community Editor 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: blogs@plos.org.

Other details about the PLOS Blogs Network:

  • Our PLOS Blogs Network is 100% ad-free
  • 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. The comment function for all archived blogs are turned off, thus you can read but not write new comments.

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