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Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a non-profit publisher, membership, and advocacy organization that publishes seven peer-reviewed open-access journals:[1][2]

  • PLoS ONE - Users can submit their own work to PLoS One, and "the peer review process does not judge the importance of the work, rather focuses on whether the work is done to high scientific and ethical standards and is appropriately described, and that the data support the conclusions." The site includes tools for commentary and rating of articles.
  • PLoS Biology - This journal covers "all areas of biological science, from molecules to ecosystems, including works at the interface of other disciplines, such as chemistry, medicine, and mathematics."
  • PLoS Medicine - "The journal publishes papers that have relevance across a range of settings and that address the major environmental, social, and political determinants of health, as well as the biological. The journal gives the highest priority to papers on the conditions and risk factors that cause the highest mortality and burden of disease worldwide."
  • PLoS Computational Biology - This journal "makes connections among disparate areas of biology by featuring works that provide substantial new insight into living systems at all scales — including molecular science, neuroscience, physiology, and population biology—through the application of computational methods."
  • PLoS Genetics - This journal covers genetics and genomics research, including "all areas of biology, from mice and flies to plants and bacteria."
  • PLoS Pathogens - This journal publishes articles "on bacteria, fungi, parasites, prions, and viruses that contribute to our understanding of the biology of pathogens and pathogen–host interactions."
  • PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases - This journal covers "scientific, medical, and public health aspects" of neglected tropical diseases.

Other publications produced by PLoS include:

  • PLoS Currents provides an online publication channel for new scientific research and ideas organized by focused research areas (Disasters, Evidence on Genomic Tests, Huntington Disease, Influenza, Muscular Dystrophy, and Tree of Life). It aims to minimize the delay between the generation and publication of new research and publishes content that is peer-reviewed; citable; publicly archived in PubMed; and indexed by Scopus.[3]
  • PLoS Blogs is a network for discussing science and medicine in public. This platform covers topics in research, culture, and publishing.[4]
  • PLoS Hubs are sites that aggregate existing content published in other journals. PLoS Hubs: Clinical Trials is limited to PLoS content. In Fall 2010, this Hub was joined by the PLoS Hubs: Biodiversity, which extends beyond PLoS into other open-access content from PubMed Central.[5]
  • PLoS Collections highlight content on a specific topic that has been gathered together from one or more PLoS titles. There are over 50 collections to date.[6]

Both institutional and individual memberships to PLoS are available. Users can register to create an account, but neither registration nor membership are necessary to search and view the full text of articles in the open-access journals.

Major Recent Updates

December 2012 - A redesign of all PLOS journals includes the following updates:[7]

  • More prominent figures – featured throughout articles and search so that you can quickly determine if an article is relevant.
  • Enhanced Discovery – Search now reflects new expanded taxonomy of subject categories.
  • Metrics Signposts – sub-sets of ALM data, provide at-a-glance measures of article reach and impact.
  • Custom Saved Search – log in, enter your keywords and save, then receive new content that precisely meets your interests via email.
  • Author data – clear presentation of affiliations/attribution for each author as well as grouped by institution.
  • Abstract and Figure viewer – providing new ways for you to get around and find what matters.
  • Faster navigation – persistent (so you never get lost) and floating (follows you down the page).
  • Clearer Tabs – easier to see and use, providing enriched article information.

July 2012 - PLOS added visual changes to pages accessible on the network, including:[8]

  • Simplification of the globe logo - made it scalable and modernized the typeface.
  • Distinctive accent colors given to journals organized by subject area.
  • Capitalization of “PLOS.”


  1. "About." PLoS website, Accessed April 20, 2012.
  2. "Journals." PLoS website, Accessed April 20, 2012.
  3. "Currents." PLoS website, Accessed April 20, 2012.
  4. "PLoS Blogs." PLoS website, Accessed April 20, 2012.
  5. "Hubs." PLoS website, Accessed April 20, 2012.
  6. "Collections." PLoS website, Accessed April 20, 2012.
  7. Allen, Liz. "Redesigned PLOS Journals – now launched." Published December 19, 2012. PLOS blogs, Accessed January 2, 2013.
  8. Knutson, David. "New PLOS look." Published July 23, 2012. PLOS blogs, Accessed January 2, 2013.

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