Authors who publish with PLOS Biology benefit from policies and tools that empower them to publish as they discover without compromising quality. Our editorial assessment and article types reflect the process of scientific inquiry, enabling researchers to more fully and accurately represent their science.
Top Author Benefits
PLOS Biology offers a collective action publishing model (CAP) designed to more equitably distribute the costs of publishing among a broad community of institutions. Authors from institutions that are members of CAP or from Research4Life countries can publish with PLOS Biology without author fees; other authors pay very competitive fees. Our ultimate goal is to free authors of publication fees altogether.
On average, authors receive an initial decision within 6 days and peer review takes an average of 42 days.
Researchers submitting to PLOS Biology have the option to “easy submit” a PDF of their manuscript without formatting, a process that takes as little as 10 minutes in our submission system. Full submission metadata are only requested should editors decide to send the work for peer review.
Although originality is an important criterion for studies published in PLOS Biology, we depressurize the publication process for researchers by accepting submissions that confirm, extend, or are complementary to findings published in the 6 months before submission.
In order to save authors and reviewers time, we consider manuscripts that have been peer-reviewed at other journals, if submitted to us with existing reviewer reports, as well as studies assessed in platforms such as Review Commons, or Peer Community In. Our academic editors arbitrate existing reviewer reports to minimize the need for further review and speed up the process to potential publication.
Authors can submit preprints at the click of a button or ask the journal to deposit a preprint of the work on their behalf.
Our range of research article types reflect and accompany the research process, allowing authors flexibility to choose the best publication option for their study no matter where they are in the discovery research process. From Preregistration to Discovery Reports and Update Articles, authors have options in how best to share their science. Explore our full suite of research article types.
Our professional staff editors and Editorial Board members collaborate on every manuscript to combine efficient handling with specific, expert feedback and objective review. Academic editors arbitrate reviewer reports and often make decisions on revisions directly without full re-review. Each manuscript stays with a single staff editor from start to finish.
Published, research is immediately open for everyone to see, cite, share and build upon. Our dedicated press team helps boost the impact of research with additional media coverage.
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Aside from current publication fees, PLOS Biology authors may qualify for one of our publication fee-alternative models. Current PLOS Biology publication fees and funding support information can be found here. In addition, we offer Community Action Publishing (CAP), learn more about this new publication model below.