Founded as a grassroots organization in 2000 with the publication of its first journal in 2003, PLOS remains committed to both the principle and practice of encouraging active participation of practicing scientists at every level.

NEW: PLOS Community Sites

PLOS has launched a series of discipline-specific sites to engage the larger scientific community in researcher-led, informal discussions of published articles and timely issues affecting researchers.

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Change only happens with community action. 

At PLOS, each publishing decision has at its heart the needs of the constituencies served, from scientists, physicians and educators to funders, policymakers and the public. Make your voice heard. Below are some ways to get involved:


PLOS has continued to collaborate with others in the Open Access community to capture the interest and support of researchers, governments, funders and the public.

Accelerating Science Awards Program (ASAP)

With major sponsors Google and the Wellcome Trust, and 24 additional organizations, PLOS launched the Accelerating Science Awards Program (ASAP). The ASAP program recognizes individuals who have applied research published through Open Access to make a transformative difference in any field. Results were announced during the launch event for Open Access Week 2013, hosted by SPARC and the World Bank, with three winners each receiving a $30,000 award.

OASPA (Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association)

OASPA offers a forum for bringing together the entire community of Open Access journal publishers. Their mission is to represent the interests of Open Access journal and book publishers globally in all scientific, technical and scholarly disciplines. This mission will be carried out through exchanging information, setting standards, advancing models, advocacy, education and the promotion of innovation.


With the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), PLOS created the “HowOpenIsIt?” Open Access Spectrum (OAS) to enable deeper understanding and comparison of publishers’ Open Access policies. The guide helps authors make informed decisions on where to publish. It also provides a resource for funders and other organizations to establish criteria for the level of Open Access required for their policies. To accompany the guide, PLOS worked with Cottage Labs to create the “HowOpenIsIt?” Open Article Gauge (OAG), currently in beta. Researchers and funders can enter DOIs or PubMed IDs into the OAG service to check the licensing terms under which the associated articles can be accessed and/or reused.

Arizona State University PLOSSable Biology

This volunteer-run educational resource from the School of Lifesciences, at Arizona State University, uses PLOS content to provide one of many interactive learning opportunities for students (preK-12th grade) and their teachers and parents. With a new website feature called PLOSsable Biology (beta). Ask a Biologist makes selected PLOS articles comprehensible to all through simple summaries that link back to the original article for further reading. The site also provides learning opportunities about the benefits of Open Access content.