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.

You believe in the importance of

Trust

You value integrity and want the public and fellow researchers alike to know that they can trust and rely on the strength of your science.

Researchers like you are going the extra mile to demonstrate the validity and rigor of your science by sharing methods, materials, data, code, peer reviews, and other artifacts of the investigatory and editorial processes.

What does it mean to value integrity?

1. You believe that trust is earned through action
That means demonstrating rigor and validity by sharing the artifacts of research and editorial assessment–such as study design, methods, data, or peer reviews. The insight this documentation provides gives readers a deeper understanding of research, showcases the quality of the approach, and illuminates the careful assessment the work has undergone prior to publication.

2. You understand that integrity doesn’t have to mean perfection
It can mean instead having the confidence to open your work to scrutiny and the strength of character to acknowledge and correct errors, should they ever arise.

3. You believe in holding yourself to the highest standards
When conducting confirmatory research, you transparently articulate your hypothesis, study design and analytical approach before research begins, and follow through–even when results are negative. You avoid selective reporting, statistical obfuscation, and other forms of misdirection and manipulation.

You don’t have to choose between research impact and your values

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We put you and your research first.

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We don’t expect you to compromise.

Your research values and publishing decisions can work together to create the impact you desire

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