PLOS publishes a suite of influential journals from all areas of science and medicine that contain rigorously reported, peer-reviewed Open Access research articles. The journals vary in their criteria for publication and, with the exception of PLOS ONE, also publish a variety of influential and educational non-research content. The journals are editorially independent.

PLOS encourages authors to consider carefully each journal’s scope, outlined below, before submission in order to minimize delays in the review process. If necessary, PLOS will help in transferring manuscripts from one PLOS journal to another.


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The world’s first multidisciplinary Open Access journal, PLOS ONE accepts scientifically rigorous research, regardless of novelty. PLOS ONE’s broad scope provides a platform to publish primary research including interdisciplinary and replication studies as well as negative results. The journal’s publication criteria are based on high ethical standards and the rigor of the methodology and conclusions reported. See our Board | Read the journal | Submit your work |Contact us

PLOS Biology

With a readership that encompasses the scientific community as well as educators, policy makers and members of the public, PLOS Biology publishes articles of exceptional significance, originality and relevance in all areas of biological science, from molecules to ecosystems, including work at the interface of other disciplines, such as chemistry, medicine, physics and mathematics. See our Board | Read the journal | Submit your work | Contact us

PLOS Medicine

An influential venue for research and commentary on the major challenges to human health worldwide, PLOS Medicine publishes articles of general interest on biomedical, environmental, social and political determinants of health. The journal emphasizes work that advances clinical practice, health policy or pathophysiological understanding to benefit health in a variety of settings. See our Board | Read the journal | Submit your work | Contact us

PLOS Computational Biology

By making connections through the application of computational methods among disparate areas of biology, PLOS Computational Biology provides substantial new insight into living systems at all scales, from the nano to the macro, and across multiple disciplines, from molecular science, neuroscience and physiology to ecology and population biology. See our Board | Read the journal | Submit your work | Contact us

PLOS Genetics

By publishing outstanding original contributions in all areas of biology, PLOS Genetics reflects the full breadth, interdisciplinary nature and impact of genetics and genomics research on science and medicine. The journal’s emphasis is on studies of broad interest that provide significant insight into a biological process or processes. See our Board | Read the journal | Submit your work | Contact us

PLOS Pathogens

Reflecting the full breadth of research on bacteria, fungi, parasites, prions and viruses, PLOS Pathogens publishes outstanding original research and commentary that significantly advance the understanding of pathogens and how they interact with their host organisms. See our Board | Read the journal | Submit your work | Contact us

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

The first journal solely devoted to the world’s most neglected tropical diseases, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases publishes leading research and commentary on all scientific, medical, political and public health aspects of these forgotten diseases affecting the world’s most neglected people. See our Board | Read the journal | Submit your work | Contact us


A note on PLOS Clinical Trials:

As of August 2007 the journal merged with PLOS ONE, where the editorial mission to publish results of all correctly conducted and reported clinical trials – irrespective of outcome – continues. PLOS Clinical Trials articles remain accessible at, archived in PubMed Central and indexed by PubMed. PLOS is a founder organization of the AllTrials campaign launched in January 2013. Read more about PLOS’ ongoing commitment to transparency in clinical trial publication on the PLOS EveryONE blog.

PLOS is a member of the Committee for Publication Ethics and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Editorial staff are members of the Council of Scientific Editors, the National Association of Science Writers, the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors and the World Association of Medical Editors.