Public Library of Science (PLOS)


Public Library of Science (PLOS)

PLOS (Public Library of Science) is a non-profit publisher and advocacy organization founded to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. Our core objectives are threefold:

1. provide ways to overcome unnecessary barriers to immediate availability, access and use of research;
2. pursue a publishing strategy that optimizes the quality and integrity of the publication process;
3. develop innovative approaches to the assessment, organization and reuse of ideas and data.

Publishing quality scholarly research remains at the heart of what we do. PLOS publishes seven journals, including the largest scholarly journal (PLOS ONE) with a global community of over 6,000 editors, 150,000 reviewers, and 500,000 authors.

As greater stewards of the scholarly content, our efforts are aimed at transforming the information landscape, ensuring that research is discoverable, reusable, and fully connected to the existing research ecology to support tracking, monitoring, and assessment of scholarly products. All content (including metadata underlying the research as well as activity surrounding its usage) is freely available immediately upon publication across multiple channels for optimal reuse by human and machine readers. Our advocacy of Open Science extends throughout our publishing policies, review workflows, and supporting technologies, notably in the area of data access. Moreover, our publishing technologies – publishing platform, article-level metrics application, as well as a host of supporting systems – are open source and made freely available to the community to implement and enhance.