PLoS Biology 2.0

  • Jonathan A Eisen
  • Published: February 26, 2008
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0060048

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Open Access growth depends upon educators

Posted by plosbiology on 07 May 2009 at 22:23 GMT

Author: Vaughn Cooper
Position: Assistant Professor of Microbiology
Institution: University of New Hampshire
Submitted Date: March 18, 2008
Published Date: March 21, 2008
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I am pleased to see that PLOS Biology will continue to be led by one of its early converts and not a publishing industry insider. But like all "grass-roots" movements, the seeds for its success must continue to be sown at the ground level.

As the new Editor-in-Chief can appreciate, the choice of publications that educators use to illustrate major scientific advances for students can be a powerful one. After all, these students are in the process of becoming the next generation of scientific leaders; how they come to appreciate and, in time, critique groundbreaking publications is an important journey. Those of us committed to Open Access (OA) publishing should reflect this commitment in our teaching by choosing to teach using OA journals whenever possible. We should also emphasize that some of these OA articles (such as those in PLOS ONE) actually are initiating a conversation with readers, rather than establishing or reinforcing the orthodoxy.

I hope that the PLOS journals recognize this opportunity and begin to assemble and promote exceptional articles as resources for educators. I am sure that many of us would welcome the chance to be a part of this effort.

Vaughn Cooper

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