(July 2, 2014) PLOS today launches an initiative designed to engage the larger scientific community in researcher-led, informal discussions of published articles and timely issues affecting researchers such as data sharing, research ethics and funding. Launching today are the first two in a planned series of discipline-specific channels of content and activity – PLOS Neuroscience Community and PLOS Synthetic Biology Community.
These channels offer community-generated blog posts and research content tailored to serve the needs of researchers in each discipline. Working with Community Editors external to PLOS, these sites will publish posts from community contributors covering issues and trends in their fields. They’ll also showcase significant research articles, along with Article-Level Metrics.
On a weekly basis, an author profile, together with that author’s recently published research articles, ALMs and an interview, will be posted to catalyze community discussion. Comments and questions may deal with the author’s research process and findings, implications of those findings, data sets and related issues such as research methods and ethics.
In addition to original material from leading researchers, news feeds and headlines from other media sources will be curated and presented on the sites to provide essential resources, including software, jobs, grants and other discipline-specific news.
Each channel will release one or more ‘Calls for Papers’ to invite contributions into any of the suite of PLOS journals. Updates on newly-published papers will be customized and delivered to readers via RSS feeds and Community Email Alerts.
PLOS invites all community site contributors and visitors to engage in the dialogue of science, make their voices heard, and gain exposure to interesting field-specific content that might otherwise be difficult to find. Getting involved is easy: sign up for occasional Email Alerts from the PLOS Neuroscience Community or PLOS Synthetic Biology Community.
PLOS encourages comment and feedback from the scientific community on the development of this initiative. Opportunities will be provided online, at scientific meetings, and elsewhere.