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Our prices, which have not been raised since August 2009, are as follows:
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- PLOS Computational Biology
- PLOS Genetics US$2250
- PLOS Pathogens US$2250
- PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
- PLOS ONE US$1350
PLOS is committed to the widest possible global participation in open access publishing. To determine the appropriate fee, we use a country-based pricing model, which is based on the country that provides 50% or more of the primary funding for the research that is being submitted. Research articles funded by Upper Middle and High Income Countries incur our standard publication fees. Corresponding authors who are affiliated with one of our Institutional Members are eligible for a discount on this fee. Such authors will be informed of the discount applicable after submission of their manuscript.
Fees for Low and Lower Middle Income Countries are calculated according to the PLOS Global Participation Initiative for manuscripts submitted after 9am Pacific Time on September 4, 2012 (this program is not retroactive).
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