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About PLOS Biology

PLOS Biology (eISSN-1545-7885; ISSN-1544-9173) is an open-access, peer-reviewed general biology journal published by PLOS, a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource. New articles are published online weekly; issues are published monthly.

Open Access

PLOS applies the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license to all works we publish. Under the CC BY license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article, but authors allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy articles in PLOS journals, so long as the original authors and source are cited. No permission is required from the authors or the publishers.

Publication Charges

To provide open access, PLOS journals use a business model in which our expenses—including those of peer review, journal production, and online hosting and archiving—are recovered in part by charging a publication fee to the authors or research sponsors for each article they publish. The fees vary by journal.

PLOS is committed to the widest possible global participation in open access publishing. To determine the appropriate fee, we use a country-based pricing model, which is based on the country that provides 50% or more of the primary funding for the research that is being submitted. Research articles funded by Upper Middle and High Income Countries incur our standard publication fees. Corresponding authors who are affiliated with one of our Institutional Members are eligible for a discount on this fee. Such authors will be informed of the discount applicable after submission of their manuscript.

Fees for Low and Lower Middle Income Countries are calculated according to the PLOS Global Participation Initiative pricing program for manuscripts submitted after 9am Pacific Time on September 4, 2012 (this program is not retroactive).

  • Group One: Countries from this list will not be charged for publishing
  • Group Two: Countries from this list will be charged a flat $500

Our fee waiver policy, whereby PLOS offers to waive or further reduce the payment required of authors who cannot pay the full amount charged for publication, remains in effect. Editors and reviewers have no access to whether authors are able to pay; decisions to publish are only based on editorial criteria.

Measures of Impact

At PLOS, we believe that articles in all journals should be assessed on their own merits rather than on the basis of the journal in which they were published.  PLOS journals have therefore initiated a program to provide a growing set of measures and indicators of impact at the article level that will include citation metrics, usage statistics, blogosphere coverage, social bookmarks and expert assessment. The long-term vision is to bring the views and activities of entire communities to bear, using the wealth of opportunities offered online, to provide new, meaningful and efficient mechanisms for research assessment. For more information on article-level metrics see the PLOS blog.

Scope

PLOS Biology features works of exceptional significance, originality, and relevance in all areas of biological science, from molecules to ecosystems, including works at the interface of other disciplines, such as chemistry, medicine, and mathematics. Our audience is the international scientific community as well as educators, policy makers, patient advocacy groups, and interested members of the public around the world.

Contents

PLOS Biology publishes outstanding primary research articles in all aspects of biology, from molecules to ecosystems. We also publish various magazine articles:

  • Synopses are digests of research articles that are accessible to researchers in all disciplines as well as a lay readership.
  • Community Pages provide a platform for organizations and societies to highlight their efforts to enhance the dissemination and value of scientific knowledge.
  • Unsolved Mysteries discuss a topic of biological importance that is poorly understood and in need of research attention.
  • Primers provide a concise introduction into an important aspect of biology highlighted by a current PLOS Biology research article.
  • Essays articulate an opinion on a specific topic of broad interest to scientists.
  • News Features, written by science journalists, report on topical or controversial issues of interest to scientists and the general public.
  • Perspectives provide experts with a forum to comment on topical or controversial issues of broad interest.
  • Historical and Philosophical Perspectives provide professional historians and philosophers of science with a forum to reflect on topical issues in contemporary biology.
  • Book reviews and more.

Indexing and Archiving

PLOS Biology is indexed in PubMed, MEDLINE, PubMed Central, Scopus, Google Scholar, the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), RefAware, EMBASE, PsychInfo, Web of Science as well as being searchable via the Web of Knowledge. In addition, PLOS Biology is formally archived via PubMed Central.

About PLOS

PLOS is a non-profit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource. For more information about PLOS, visit www.plos.org.

Comments

PLOS Biology provides tools to facilitate community evaluation and discourse around published articles. See our guidelines explaining how you can add Comments to any PLOS Biology article.