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).
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
Pete Binfield joined PLoS this week as the Managing Editor for PLoS ONE.
PLoS Computational Biology, PLoS Genetics and PLoS Pathogens were launched in the Summer of 2005, and are now entering a new phase in their development. In a few days, they will join PLoS ONE and PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases on the Topaz publishing platform, and will benefit from more rapid publication along with tools for user interaction – commentary, notes and ratings.
On January 11th, the NIH announced their new public access policy, which has now been strengthened to a mandate as required by the appropriations bill signed by President Bush in December.
On Dec 26th, 2007, President Bush signed the Bill that requires all NIH-funded research to be made available to the public.
Roll Credits: Sometimes the Authorship Byline Isn’t Enough. Guest Blog by Michael Molla and Tim Gardner.
These guest bloggers propose an authoring system for scientific papers inspired by the film industry.
An interesting collection of reader comments has accumulated in response to the PLoS Biology article by Hauser and Fehr, entitled “An incentive solution to the peer review problem”, published earlier this year.
Your support has played a major role in ensuring that the mandate for public access to NIH-funded research has taken a further step towards becoming law.