Some new features have just been added to the articles in the PLoS Journals (all except PLoS Biology), and we wanted to give a short summary of the key changes. This site redesign represents another step in the development of Topaz, the open source publishing system that will shortly host all of our journals once PLoS Biology migrates to the platform in a couple of months (see also Rich Cave’s blog post).
Archives for March 2009
Tonight, we upgraded the PLoS journal websites to Topaz 0.9.2. This release is chock full of user interface changes and enhancements. We’ve completely redesigned the article page to accommodate new features and give a better visual experience to the user. Since this is a significant design change for the article layout, we’d like to hear from our users. Email us or reply to this blog post and let us know what you think about the changes.
When I first joined PLoS in 2005, I was largely clueless about about blogging or the use of social media which was at the time a speck on the media horizon. That was until Richard Cave (our IT Director) suggested to me, with some insistence, that I would really benefit from attending the NTEN (Non Profit Technology) Conference in Seattle so that I could get educated about how to use these largely free tools to evangelize for PLoS ONE.
International Trachoma Initiative and Task Force for Child Survival and Development Announce New Merger
Partnership aims to eliminate blinding trachoma and scale up the fight against other neglected tropical diseases
Guest blog by Ibrahim Jabr, President, International Trachoma Initiative
This week has seen a significant development in the fight against blinding trachoma. As president of the International Trachoma Initiative (ITI), I was pleased to announce on March 18 that we are joining forces with The Task Force for Child Survival and Development (the Task Force) to significantly scale up efforts and leverage additional resources for eliminating trachoma, a neglected tropical disease (NTD) that is the world’s leading cause of preventable blindness.
Is Society Biased Against “Openness”? A PLoS Board Member’s Perspective on the Future of the Library in the Digital World
The Arcadia Project is a three-year programme based at the University of Cambridge (UK), which aims to explore the role of academic libraries in a digital age. Naturally, we were delighted that a PLoS board member was selected to give the first Arcadia lecture.
Starting work in open-access publishing at PLoS Medicine seemed a sensible step for me, having focused my Masters research on an evaluation of the quality and research dividends of an online archaeological database – a unique resource which holds records of more than 300,000 artefacts from England and Wales and renders information about these finds accessible to any interested party, whilst also facilitating research into previously neglected topics and questions. Yet, many of my colleagues in archaeology insisted that open access had no place in our discipline, arguing that authors would be unable to fund publication fees and traditional subscription-based journals were too central to assessment of academic merit. A quick search of PLoS journal archives reveals, however, that some archaeological scientists have already embraced the open-access model for dissemination of their research.
In this month's PLoS Medicine editorial, we discuss the public health risks associated with sensationalized media reporting of suicide, including the risk of promoting copycat suicides.
Solving the Romanov Mystery, Anthrax’s American History, Usage Maps of Science and a Self-Healing Caterpillar
PLoS ONE’s biggest news buzz last week was created by a study from an international team of researchers led by Michael Coble of the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory.
Advanced Paternal Age is Associated with Impaired Neurocognitive Outcomes during Infancy and Childhood: News Coverage
A study by John McGrath and colleagues, published by PLoS Medicine earlier this week, showed that the offspring of older fathers exhibit subtle impairments on tests of neurocognitive ability during infancy and childhood.
Here’s some good news for all LaTeX devotees – PLoS ONE now welcomes these submissions.