Innovation

PLOS as More Than a Publisher

Although publishing excellent content remains at the heart of what we do, we recognize that there are many other ways to change the information landscape. That’s why we are so active in such a wide range of areas and seek collaborative relationships with others in relevant fields so that we can work together to reinvent the world of scholarly communication.

Open Access Advocate

Today, Open Access (OA) has unstoppable momentum, thanks to the introduction of institutional policies that mandate OA on a local, national and international level. Working in collaboration with a coalition of Open Access advocacy organizations, PLOS takes an active role in supporting a number of initiatives. You can find out more about these by checking out the Advocacy section of this website.

Technology Developer

PLOS is constantly pushing the boundaries by using open-source technology to improve the way publishing works. We’ve built a single open source publishing platform (called Ambra) for all our journals so that we and others can experiment with new approaches to the presentation and interactivity of content. Because our content is open access, talented developers are free to take part as well, such as those who build apps for PLOS content on the iPhone and iPad. We’ve also added Article-Level Metrics to every PLOS article so that it’s possible to assess the impact of the content in new ways and we’ve introduced some of the most sophisticated search capabilities in scientific and medical publishing. In the summer of 2011, PLOS launched the Search and Article-Level Metrics APIs to encourage the creation of applications that will improve the way PLOS users discover and interact with our (and their) content.

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  1. […] Like Price, Eisen believes that open-access publishing and community, post-publication peer review will play an essential role in fixing science. Eisen co-founded the Public Library of Science (PLOS), a publisher of a series of open-access scientific journals. While most of these journals work like open access versions of traditional journals, one of them, PLOS One, follows a more radical publication model. With the goal of leaving the evaluation of a paper’s significance to the scientific community, PLOS One promises to “publish all papers that are judged to be technically sound.” Post-publication review can then happen with a set of software tools on the journal’s website. […]

  2. […] Like Price, Eisen believes that open-access publishing and community, post-publication peer review will play an essential role in fixing science. Eisen co-founded the Public Library of Science (PLOS), a publisher of a series of open-access scientific journals. While most of these journals work like open access versions of traditional journals, one of them, PLOS One, follows a more radical publication model. With the goal of leaving the evaluation of a paper’s significance to the scientific community, PLOS One promises to “publish all papers that are judged to be technically sound.” Post-publication review can then happen with a set of software tools on the journal’s website. […]