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Scope

PLOS Biology features works of exceptional significance, originality, and relevance in all areas of biological science, from molecules to ecosystems, including works at the interface of other disciplines, such as chemistry, medicine, and mathematics. Our audience is the international scientific community as well as educators, policy makers, patient advocacy groups, and interested members of the public around the world.

Contents

  • Outstanding primary research articles in all aspects of biology.
  • Synopses are digests of research articles that are accessible to researchers in all disciplines as well as a lay readership.

  • Community Pages provide a platform for organizations and societies to highlight their efforts to enhance the dissemination and value of scientific knowledge.

  • Unsolved Mysteries discuss a topic of biological importance that is poorly understood and in need of research attention.

  • Primers provide a concise introduction into an important aspect of biology highlighted by a current PLOS Biology research article.

  • Essays articulate an opinion on a specific topic of broad interest to scientists.

  • News Features, written by science journalists, report on topical or controversial issues of interest to scientists and the general public.

  • Perspectives provide experts with a forum to comment on topical or controversial issues of broad interest.

  • Historical and Philosophical Perspectives provide professional historians and philosophers of science with a forum to reflect on topical issues in contemporary biology.

  • Book reviews and more.

Criteria for Publication

PLOS Biology is highly selective in the manuscripts that it publishes; rejection rates are high. To be considered for publication in PLOS Biology, any given manuscript must be exceptional in the following ways:

  • Originality

  • Importance to researchers in its field

  • Interest to scientists outside the field

  • Rigorous methodology and substantial evidence for its conclusions

Editorial Oversight

Our aim is to provide all authors with an efficient, courteous, and constructive editorial process. To ensure the fairest and most objective decision-making, the editorial process is run as a partnership between the PLOS Biology professional editors and the Editorial Board, which is comprised of leaders in all fields of biology.

The ultimate responsibility for the PLOS Biology content and editorial decision-making lies with the team of professional editors.

PLOS Biology Editors

Christine Ferguson, Joint Chief Editor

Emma Ganley, Joint Chief Editor

Ines Alvarez-Garcia, Senior Editor

Stavroula Kousta, Senior Editor

Liza Gross, Senior Editor

Roli Roberts, Senior Editor

Hashi Wijayatilake, Senior Editor

Gabriel Gasque, Associate Editor

Christina Kary, Associate Editor

Lauren Richardson, Associate Editor

Freelance editors

PLOS Biology is supported by a number of freelance associate editors who support the PLOS Biology editors by providing input during the editorial process. Current freelance editors are Jon Chase, Carol Featherstone, Megan Hall, and Ezzie Hutchinson.

Open Access

PLOS applies the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license to works we publish. This license was developed to facilitate open access – namely, free immediate access to, and unrestricted reuse of, original works of all types.

Under this license, authors agree to make articles legally available for reuse, without permission or fees, for virtually any purpose. Anyone may copy, distribute, or reuse these articles, as long as the author and original source are properly cited. Read more about our content license.

Measures of Impact

At PLOS, we believe that research articles should primarily be judged on their individual merits, rather than on the basis of the journal in which they were published. In March 2009, we inaugurated a program to provide Article-Level Metrics (ALM) on every article across all journals. Article-Level Metrics (ALMs) capture the manifold ways in which research is disseminated and can help users determine the value of an article to them and to their scientific community. Read more about Article-Level Metrics.

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Submit

For more information about submitting to PLOS Biology, read our checklist for getting started and our guidelines for preparing a submission.

Contact

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Publication fees

PLOS Biology publication fees are US$2900 per manuscript and will be billed upon acceptance. Authors’ ability to pay publication fees will never be a consideration in the decision whether to publish. Read more about publication fees and publication fee support.

About PLOS journals

PLOS publishes a suite of influential journals from all areas of science and medicine that contain rigorously reported, peer reviewed Open Access research articles. The journals vary in their criteria for publication and, with the exception of PLOS ONE, also publish a variety of influential and educational non-research content. The journals are editorially independent. Read more about the PLOS suite of journals.