PLOS removes barriers to advance science with an open and forward-thinking publishing approach that creates new ways for scientists to share their ideas, redefines the scientific article and enhances the discoverability and influence of scientific work.
Article Level Metrics provide a deep understanding of the impact and influence of individual scholarly works
PLOS is a pioneer in the development of ALM applications and was one of the earliest publishers to offer ALMs on all articles, guiding readers to the most important and influential work and allowing authors to demonstrate the broad impact of their research in the socially networked world. ALMs paint the evolving picture of a published work over time, even before traditional citations accrue, and reflect impact and influence at the level of the article, rather than the journal. PLOS encourages others to develop tools through its shared application program interface (API), recognized in 2013 as a top API of the week for “unusually rich access to their collection’s usage metrics” by ProgrammableWeb, the online journal of the API community.
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Rich Citations reveal credit and accelerate discovery through structured metadata
Just as the static PDF is no longer sufficient to best represent scientific research outcomes that extend beyond the article, the static reference list at the end of a scholarly article is no longer sufficient to discover the depth of information contained within the network of those references. Rich citations, an advanced form of scholarly reference, carry detailed information about the citing paper, the cited object and the relationship between the two. This improved data format for bibliographic references and the ability to connect references among articles as structured metadata enables enhanced content, machine readability and relational discovery. The PLOS overlay for its articles using rich citation data in turn makes the list of references a research tool in itself. The rich citations open source API is available for interested developers.
Open Evaluation allows research assessment to be timely, continual and inclusive
In open evaluation, at any time, members of the science community can rapidly evaluate one another’s work by providing open, structured feedback on the scientific merit, clarity, importance and presentation of published articles. If widely adopted, open evaluation and continual assessment will facilitate evolving scientific consensus and track advancing knowledge from a broad range of researchers over time. In collaboration with experienced scientists and 200 PLOS ONE Academic Editors, PLOS piloted an open evaluation approach to research assessment that complements existing peer review practices.