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When you choose to publish with PLOS, your research makes an impact. Make your work accessible to all, without restrictions, and accelerate scientific discovery with options like preprints and published peer review that make your work more Open.

Why publishing in PLOS ONE is the right choice for you.

PLOS ONE is an inclusive journal community working together to advance science for the benefit of society, now and in the future. 

An intentionally broad scope journal, we specialize in finding ways to ensure the peer review of papers that may span multiple disciplines or be unable to find a fit in more niche publications. Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research, negative and null results are all in scope.

PLOS ONE evaluates research on scientific validity, strong methodology, and high ethical standards—not perceived significance.

High visibility with global impact 






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How your article can make an impact
We offer many ways to increase the openness and shareability of your research. You can share it early as a preprint, make your methods available by publishing a lab or study protocol, and make sure to share your open data and code. All of this increases the impact of your work in your field.
Publishing in a journal with strong journal metrics
We understand that metrics are important in helping you to choose the right journal for you. PLOS ONE’s impact is demonstrated through a broad range of metrics, including Altmetrics. While PLOS ONE finds Impact Factors reductive as a quality indicator, it does have one.

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* Data source: InCites | Total citations to articles published January 2020 – December 2022
** Data source: InCites | Affiliation of corresponding author for articles published January 2020 – December 2022
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Many journals select on perceived impact, as judged by editors at a particular moment in time. By publishing all rigorous research, regardless of novelty, PLOS ONE lets the research speak for itself and its impact be judged by the entire academic community.

Joseph Donlan, Senior Editor

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Robust research expertly reviewed

Research trusted for its rigor
This is important to everyone at PLOS, and PLOS ONE ensures that the peer review process is fair and transparent with its editorial policies and frequent checks. Many of our reviewers choose to sign their reviews and many authors decide to publish their peer review history.
A transparent and fair peer review process
 Peer reviews and author responses to reviewers are research outputs in their own right with intrinsic value to readers—even after formal article publication.

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PLOS ONE's broad and multidisciplinary scope means that authors of all backgrounds and specialisations are able to access each other's work in a way that is often not possible at specialized journals

Avanti Dey, Senior Editor


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Receive full credit for your work
Research careers are built on proper credit. PLOS provides ways for you to increase your academic output, sharing all your work, while ensuring the collection of detailed and accurate records are created to ensure you receive proper attribution.
We welcome scooped research
PLOS ONE is proud to publish scooped research. When independent research groups achieve similar results in parallel, the second study is sometimes considered “scooped.” Authors may find it difficult to publish in a selective journal, or may simply shelve their article. But in fact, complementary studies can validate and reinforce one another.

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* Data source: InCites | Total citations to articles published January 2020 – December 2022

PLOS ONE is a home for all well conducted research and provides opportunities for researchers at all career levels to share and be credited for more of their work.

Vanessa Carels, Senior Editor
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Increasing the readership of your research 

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Your research will be openly available for everyone to read
PLOS ONE articles are available to everyone, immediately and without restriction With PLOS ONE, your peers can see, cite, share, and build upon your science. Publish your data, get early feedback on preprints, and contextualize research by publishing the peer review history. We'll provide the tools for tracking and sharing your progress.
Share more of your research
With PLOS and its trusted partners, you can publish your preprint, protocol, registered report, and make your data available. Sharing more of your research and its data increases the trust and readership in your work.

Three ways you can get started with preprints at PLOS ONE.

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^ Data source: | January 2020 – December 2022

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