Empowering Researchers to Transform Science
PLOS is a nonprofit, Open Access publisher empowering researchers to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication.
We’ve been breaking boundaries since 2001. We propelled the movement for OA alternatives to subscription journals. We established the first multi-disciplinary publication inclusive of all research regardless of novelty or impact. And we demonstrated the importance of open data availability.
To all the researchers practicing Open Science today, thank you for paving the way for future researchers.
Leading a Transformation in Science Communication
The idea for PLOS began in 2000, when an open letter was circulated by founders Harold Varmus, Patrick Brown and Michael Eisen.
Nearly 34,000 scientists from 180 countries signed.
Recognizing that most existing journals were resistant to changing their business practices, in 2003 we launched our first fully Open Access journal in order to empower researchers to make science immediately and publicly available online, without restrictions. Our Article Processing Charge model, though revolutionary at the time, would soon pave the way for a new wave of publishing options and ensure the future of Open Access.
OUR GOALS HAVEN’T CHANGED
To advance research faster, share more broadly, and increase collaboration
To transform science through inclusivity, choice, credit, and transparency
To assess and communicate the full arc of research more fairly and accurately
To build a foundation of knowledge from which we all advance
PLOS launches as a nonprofit with a mission to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication.
The first International Open Access Week, co-founded by PLOS, SPARC and Students for Free Culture to promote Open Access globally, addresses themes ranging from Open for Collaboration, Generation Open and Redefining Impact.
PLOS Blogs Network launches as a platform for news and community discussion from all fields of science and scholarly communication.
PLOS Article-Level Metrics available for each and every published article, giving authors the opportunity to track their unique research impact across multiple channels in real time.
Published Peer Review History gives authors and reviewers more options to increase the transparency of the publication process by making decision letters and review comments available for published manuscripts.
Reviewers opt-in to receive automatic credit for their reviews and add more nuance to their scholarly profiles through ORCID.
PLOS launches five new journals; PLOS Climate, PLOS Digital Health, PLOS Global Public Health, PLOS Sustainability and Transformation and PLOS Water addressing global health and environmental challenges from a foundation of Open Science.
Global Equity institutional partnership model launches to support regionally equitable Open Access publishing for some of our broad-scope journals.
Inclusivity in Global Research policy established to improve transparency in reporting of global research and combat parachute science.
PLOS partners with Training Centre in Communication (TCC) in Kenya and establishes PLOS Gmbh in Germany, expanding PLOS’ global footprint.
PLOS establishes a new entity in Singapore as part of our efforts to incorporate the broadest range of researcher voices.
PLOS Complex Systems launches to bring together impactful research that facilitates understanding of complex systems in all disciplines.
PLOS Mental Health launches to address the challenges and gaps in the field of mental health research, treatment, and care in ways that put the lived experience of individuals and communities first.