Open Science offers a broader range of publication options, while open software and taxonomic solutions track specific academic contributions with ease and granularity. Together, more published research outputs and a more detailed and accurate record let you showcase your work and build your reputation as a researcher.
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Maximize academic credit and keep track of your contributions using Open Science tools and practices.
Track your contributions
An ORCID iD (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) is a persistent, unique digital identifier for researchers, used to track both author and reviewer activity. With ORCID, you can:
- Easily distinguish yourself from other researchers with similar names, so you always get the credit you deserve
- Ensure that your work is properly attributed throughout your career, even if you change your name or email address, switch institutions, or move to another country
- Enable auto-updates to your ORCID profile so that your bibliography is always up-to-date
- Sign-in to multiple journal submission systems using just one username and password
At PLOS, all corresponding authors must provide an ORCID ID when submitting. Co-authors, reviewers, and editorial board members also have the option to provide an ORCID. Through an integration with our submission system, authors and reviewers can choose to have their ORCID profiles updated automatically as they complete activities in our system.
Publons is a platform for researchers to track less-visible contributions to science, like peer review and editorial activity. Researchers can verify their activity by forwarding ‘Thank you for reviewing’ emails to the service. Select PLOS journals* offer automatic updates direct from our submission and peer review system.
The CRediT taxonomy is a system for transparently documenting each author’s individual contribution to a scholarly publication using 14 contributor roles. With CRediT you can:
- Move beyond the coded language of authorship order to more fairly and accurately describe each authors’ role in conceptualizing, conducting, and reporting research
- Ensure that everyone included on the author list truly played a role in conducting the research
- Give hiring, tenure, and funding committees more insight into the scope and caliber of your work
At PLOS, each author listed on a submitted manuscript must have at least one CRediT contributor role assigned. Published articles list the contributor roles in detail, making them a permanent part of the scientific record.
* PLOS Medicine, PLOS Biology, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Pathogens, PLOS NTDs, PLOS Computational Biology
Read more about credit
Developing a fair and accurate picture of academic contributions
Part 1: Understanding author identity
What author order can (and cannot) tell us: Understanding contributorship
Part 2 of our series on developing a fair and accurate picture of academic contributions
Authors aren’t the only ones: Acknowledging peer reviewers
Part 3 of our series on developing a fair and accurate picture of academic contributions
Showcase more of your science
Research articles are just one aspect of the value you create as a scientist. We believe you deserve credit for all of your research contributions, not just the final published research article. Discover options to surface and share more of your research through PLOS.
Developing methods is among the most demanding and time-consuming aspects of scientific investigation. PLOS offers options for publishing and sharing methods to suit each type of study or stage of research, including Registered Reports, Lab and Study Protocols, Methods Research Articles, and linked code.
Data is the main product of a scientific investigation. PLOS’ forward-looking open data policy requires authors to make the data underlying their published manuscript publicly available, while our partnership with Dryad makes sharing data via public repository easy. We believe that making data a part of the scientific record reflects the true importance and lasting relevance of datasets.
Published Peer Review History
Peer review is essential to trusted science and a major aspect of any career in research. In addition to our partnerships with ORCID and Publons, PLOS offers optional signed and published peer review, giving reviewers more opportunities to claim academic credit for this often-overlooked body of work.