PLOS publishes seven peer-reviewed open-access journals. The journals vary in their selectivity and contain differing amounts of commentary articles from opinion leaders in a variety of scientific disciplines.The journals are editorially independent.
They include PLOS ONE, which publishes all rigorous science across the full range of life and health sciences; the community journals (PLOS Genetics, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Pathogens, and PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases); and our flagship journals, PLOS Medicine and PLOS Biology, highly selective journals publishing fewer than 10% of submissions along with a range of informative and influential non-research content. You can search the journals for specific articles here and you can sign up for e-mail Content Alerts for all our journals here.
We encourage authors to consider carefully each journal’s scope before submission in order to minimize delays in the review process. If necessary, we will help in transferring manuscripts from one PLOS journal to another. Here is more information on each title to help you choose the one that is right for you:
Fast, efficient, and economical, publishing peer-reviewed research in all areas of science and medicine. 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. Combining tools for commentary and rating, PLOS ONE is also a unique forum for community discussion and assessment of articles.
The first PLOS journal, featuring works of exceptional significance, originality, and relevance in all areas of biological science, from molecules to ecosystems, including works at the interface of other disciplines, such as chemistry, medicine, and mathematics. The audience for PLOS Biology is the international scientific community as well as educators, policymakers, and interested members of the public around the world.
PLOS Medicine provides an innovative and influential venue for research and comment on the major challenges to human health worldwide. 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 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 reflects the full breadth and interdisciplinary nature of genetics and genomics research by publishing outstanding original contributions in all areas of biology, from mice and flies to plants and bacteria.
From molecules to physiology, PLOS Pathogens publishes important new ideas on bacteria, fungi, parasites, prions, and viruses that contribute to our understanding of the biology of pathogens and pathogen–host interactions.
The first open-access journal solely devoted to neglected tropical diseases, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed research on all scientific, medical, and public health aspects of these forgotten diseases affecting the world’s forgotten people.
A note on PLOS Clinical Trials. This journal was launched in May 2006, and devoted to publishing the results of all correctly conducted and reported clinical trials, irrespective of outcome. The journal was merged in August 2007 with PLOS ONE, which has now taken over the editorial mission of PLOS Clinical Trials. All articles previously published in PLOS Clinical Trials can be browsed and searched via this site, using the article links on the homepage or the search bar. PLOS Clinical Trials is closed to new submissions, but authors can submit their work to other PLOS journals for which their paper is in scope. All PLOS Clinical Trials articles remain archived in PubMed Central and indexed by PubMed. You can read more about our ongoing commitment to transparency in Clinical Trial publication in this blog post.
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