PLoS ONE - The Public Library Of Science

Submitted by Charles Frost on Sun, 11/18/2007 - 08:24.

PLoS ONE is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication. PLoS ONE welcomes reports on primary research from any scientific discipline. PLoS ONE is published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS), a nonprofit organization. PLoS ONE's start-up phase is supported by a grant from the Open Society Institute.

PLoS ONE is run as a partnership between its in-house PLoS staff and international Advisory and Editorial Boards, ensuring fast, fair, and professional peer review. To contact the Managing Editor, Christopher Surridge, or the Publications Assistants, Lindsay King, Rebecca Walton, and Sharon Koppman, please e-mail plosone [at]


PLoS ONE features reports of primary research from all disciplines within science and medicine. By not excluding papers on the basis of subject area, PLoS ONE facilitates the discovery of the connections between papers whether within or between disciplines.

Peer Review

Each submission will be assessed by a member of the PLoS ONE Editorial Board before publication. This pre-publication peer review will concentrate on technical rather than subjective concerns and may involve discussion with other members of the Editorial Board and/or the solicitation of formal reports from independent referees. If published, papers will be made available for community-based open peer review involving online annotation, discussion, and rating.

Open Access

The Public Library of Science (PLoS) applies the Creative Commons Attribution License (CCAL) to all works we publish. Under the CCAL, 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. For PLoS ONE the publication fee is US$1250. Authors who are affiliated with one of our Institutional Members are eligible for a discount on this fee.

We offer a complete or partial fee waiver for authors who do not have funds to cover publication fees. Editors and reviewers have no access to payment information, and hence inability to pay will not influence the decision to publish a paper.

About the Public Library of Science

The Public Library of Science (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

Community of Science

CWRU students have access to this unique social network, and individuals can also take it out for a spin.  There is a world of access issues to information.  Thank you Bill for posting about PLoS.
Where do we choose to go for our information?  Cleveland Public Library provides access to Cambridge Scientific Abstracts.  Not full text (although an administrator can link it to the library's full text resources), but more scholarly than simply googling in or other gateways.  This is something of interest to me as we navigate the open waters of the Internet.

Any suggestions are always appreciated, but, unlike some of my colleagues, I especially long for a well-catalogued and indexed society.