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A decade of publishing: PLOS is stronger than ever

One of the earliest open access science journals, PLOS, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a year-long series of events to “recognise and advance the innovations brought about through the adoption of open access publishing”. The activities will be aimed at members of the scientific community and the public at large.

The PLOS story began in 2000 when its founders set out to tackle the lack of access to the majority of scientific research, which was then published behind pay walls. They startled the American academic science establishment with a petition calling for open access to research findings.

Two years later, the team established a new entity called the non-profit Public Library of Science, now known as PLOS, an open access model, and launched its first journal, PLOS Biology. This was followed over the next decade by six other science periodicals that are among the most widely read around the globe.

The organisers say PLOS will partner with media organisations to demonstrate “the many ways in which biomedical research published on an open access platform can affect peoples’ lives for the better”.

Using monthly online dialogues, leading advocates will be invited to take part in conversations to look ahead at the possible future of open access scientific discovery and publishing.

“Additional offerings during our 10th anniversary year will include programmes to increase adoption of open access, deliver more innovations in publishing and expand peer-review, including pre-and post-publication,” the journal editors say.

“Our vision is to help the research community build a truly open, distributed, and reusable public repository of ideas and data.”

Among the events listed on the Official PLOS Blog, Twitter and Facebook are:

  • Reinventing Science: Stories of open discovery: A multimedia series consisting of feature articles, research summaries and podcasts that profile researchers tapping into the knowledge of open access journals and collections to help accelerate their own research and enhance collaboration with peers around the globe.
  • PLOS Conversations on Open Access: Hosted by Cameron Neylon, this regular podcast will round up the latest happenings and discussions about open access, open research, and open data.
  • More About “How Open Is It?: The conversation has moved from “is it open?” to “how open is it?” and to continue this discussion, PLOS will unveil new resources and tools that help authors, readers and funders understand the benefits of open access and how to apply components of the HowOpenIsIt? Open Access Spectrum at the article and journal level.
  • Article-level Metrics: Through ongoing forums, live and virtual events, and other activities, PLOS will continue to make advances in article-level metrics and other mechanisms for broadening peer review to include post-publication impact indicators, along with better tools for assessing, organising and reusing research ideas and data.
  • The PLOS Journals: In 2013, PLOS Medicine turns its attention to non-communicable diseases and the burden of disease they cause, while PLOS ONE continues its growth as the world’s largest peer reviewed journal.

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