A quick posting this to let everyone know that in our relentless attempt to be as web 2.0 as possible Liz Allen has just established a PLoS group on Facebook. I’m not completely sure what we are going to get up to over there but all of you with Facebook accounts come and join us and find out.
Archives for June 2007
This probably isn’t news to many of you but for some time now PLoS ONE has been posting referees’ reports alongside the papers it publishes. Not all reports are posted and reports are often not presented in their entirety. Also some of them have the referees’ name attached and some don’t. This could be a little confusing so I thought it was time I explained what precisely we were doing and why.
The growing commercialization of scientific research has increasingly forced biomedical publishers to grapple with real and perceived conflicts of interest. Every scientist has a competing interest when it comes to getting published in a high-profile journal—a prestigious publication record brings status, research funds, job security, and other personal benefits—but more and more scientific research is funded by companies with a vested interest in the outcome of that research.
Unfortunately, none of the PLoS Medicine editors could make it out to the healing fields of the annual music and mud extravaganza that is Glastonbury Festival last week, but we have still been able to explore some fascinating, and perhaps controversial, aspects of healthcare. This month, Corita Grudzen and Peter Kerndt discuss working practices in the adult film industry. They propose that regulation is now necessary to enforce much-needed health and safety standards for actors who perform in adult films.
The new impact factors reinforce the position of PLoS Journals as top-quality open access venues for scientific publication.
Nottingham University has recently established a fund of £20,000 to help researchers pay open access publishing fees.
Guest Blog: Oliver Morgan, Francesco Checchi, & Kristof Bostoen, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
This needs shouting about. PLoS ONE just published its 500th paper! Yep that’s right since launch, a matter of five an a half months or twenty five weeks, PLoS ONE has published over 500 pieces of peer reviewed original research.