PLOS Biology Article Type Descriptions

Community Page

The Community Page is a forum for organizations and societies to highlight their efforts to enhance the dissemination and value of scientific knowledge.


The Education Series features noteworthy, innovative open-education programs to enhance understanding of biology.


Essays articulate a specific perspective on a topic of broad interest to scientists.

Formal Comment

Formal Comments are critiques of specific published articles.

Historical and Philosophical Perspectives

The Historical and Philosophical Perspectives series provides professional historians and philosophers of science with a forum to reflect on topical issues in contemporary biology.

Journal Club

Journal Club is a forum for postdoctoral scientists and graduate students to discuss an important paper in the context of their own scientific interests.


The Perspective section provides experts with a forum to comment on topical or controversial issues of broad interest.


Primers provide a concise introduction into an important aspect of biology highlighted by a current PLOS Biology research article.


Selected PLOS Biology research articles are accompanied by a synopsis written for a general audience to provide non-experts with insight into the significance of the published work.

Unsolved Mystery

Unsolved Mysteries discuss a topic of biological importance that is poorly understood and in need of research attention.