Those who follow the advice of Scott McKenzie by wearing flowers in their hair when visiting the Bay Area may find it increasingly difficult to find native Californian flora over the coming years. In a study, Climate Change and the Future of California's Endemic Flora, published in PLoS ONE on June 25, Scott Loarie and colleagues discovered that two-thirds of the state's endemic plants could suffer more than an 80 percent reduction in geographic range by the end of the century, thanks to the effects of global climate change.
Archives for June 2008
Dr.Elizabeth Adkins Regan from Cornell and her postdoc Dr Joanna Rutkowska from Jagiellonian University have already posted their first comments on the paper by Keith Sockman (here at UNC): Ovulation Order Mediates a Trade-Off between Pre-Hatching and Post-Hatching Viability in an Altricial Bird.
Please join in the discussion!
As Niyaz Ahmed, PLoS ONE Section Editor for Microbiology and Genomics, observed on his blog, there were two articles on the behaviour of chimpanzees published in PLoS ONE last week, one of which, Female Chimpanzees Use Copulation Calls Flexibly to Prevent Social Competition, really swept the board of the UK press: there were stories in the Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian, which focused on the chimps’ “subtle mating game”, and The Independent, which was intrigued by "the mystery of female sex cries".
PLoS grew too big for its Facebook group (we have over 1500 members), so we've opened up a PLoS.org page instead. If you follow the link, you can get a flavor of the site without needing to join but to participate, you will need to sign up. Becoming a fan of the page is one good way to remain up-to-date with the latest developments at PLoS.
The latest impact factors (for 2007) have just been released from Thomson Reuters. They are as follows:
PLoS Biology – 13.5
PLoS Medicine – 12.6
PLoS Computational Biology – 6.2
PLoS Genetics – 8.7
PLoS Pathogens – 9.3
Your input on how clinical trials should be reported – public consultations at WHO and ClinicalTrials.gov soon to close
In the US, a new law will very soon require sponsors of clinical trials to start submitting data on the results of completed trials into an expanded version of the registry website clinicaltrials.gov.
Though MSF is of course primarily a humanitarian organisation, it conducts a large amount of research, with the ultimate aim of improving the services they offer to the populations they work with.
At PLoS we have a number of ways of finding out about our readership but none are perfect: the fact that we are open access and so place no barriers on access to the content sadly, but necessarily, limits how much we can easily find out about our readers.