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Press and Media

Embargoes

Embargo policy

PLOS Biology articles are embargoed until 2 p.m. Eastern Time, USA, on the date of publication. This is the time when the article becomes available online.

We do not discuss a manuscript with anyone other than the corresponding author before the manuscript has been accepted for publication and assigned a publication date.

Unless otherwise noted, all information provided by PLOS Biology is subject to a press embargo whose date and time will be clearly stated.

PLOS believes that this embargo policy serves scientists, journalists, and the public by ensuring that the article is available to everyone at the same time that it is reported in the media.

Read more about the PLOS embargo policy.

Social media embargoes

We recognize that blogging, Twitter, Facebook, and many other social media sites are powerful tools in information dissemination. If you choose to blog or promote your manuscript via social media, please wait until the embargo lifts and include a link to your article. 

Talking about research under embargo

We do not wish to hinder communication between scientists. For that reason, authors may communicate research for scientific purposes prior to publication. This includes talking about your research at conferences and on preprint servers.

Please do not discuss your research with the press until after your manuscript has been accepted and assigned a publication date.

Press Releases

Every week, our journal staff identify accepted manuscripts that we want to highlight in a press release. We will then contact the corresponding author to indicate our interest. Press releases are written by the authors themselves or by their institution’s press officers. 

Information for authors

If we choose to press release your manuscript, a member of the journal staff will contact you to request a draft release. Should we decide to publish the release, we will then go through a round of editing internally and present our final version for your approval before circulating it (under embargo) a few days prior to publication.

We post our press releases to a list of several hundred trusted journalists that have signed up for receiving press releases from PLOS, as well as to EurekAlert.

We only have space for a limited number of press releases every week. If we choose not to press release your article, you may choose to work with your institution to promote the research. If so, we recommend that you contact your institution as soon as you have received a publication date. Please also notify the journal staff so that we can assist your press office with embargoed press materials.

Writing a press release

Your press release should be interesting but must not exaggerate or sensationalize the article’s findings.

Do not forget the release will be one of many on any given day. What makes your study different?

Word count Aim for 200-300 words.
Title Interesting but accurate.

Paragraph 1

Sentence 1

Present the main findings of the article.

Paragraph 1

Sentence 2

Mention the authors and their institution.
Paragraph 2

Provide more information on the study and mention the article is publishing in PLOS Biology.

Answer the question: Why is this research important?

Paragraph 3

[Optional]

More details about the study and provide some background information and/or details of how the study was carried out.

What’s next? Looking to the future (this can be a single sentence).

Quote from the author(s) [Optional]
Striking image [Optional] Provide a striking image from the article to accompany the press release. Include a legend and image credit.

Information for press officers

If your institution is planning to promote research publishing in PLOS Biology please contact the journal as soon as possible. We will be able to provide your office with embargoed press materials.

We are happy to correspond with press officers, but the corresponding author must be copied into any communication with the institution’s press office, and in any press-related correspondence.

In your press release, we request the following:

  • Journal name. Refer to us as PLOS Biology.
  • Organization name. The organization's name is written as PLOS and pronounced to rhyme with “boss”.
  • Article URL. Include a link to the article in the press release.
About PLOS Biology

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.

Press lists and embargoes

All articles are under embargo until 2 p.m. Eastern Time, USA, on the date of publication.

We understand that sometimes press offices like to send trusted journalists press releases before the article’s publication date; this is acceptable provided that these journalists agree to abide by the embargo.

Press releases may not be distributed publicly prior to the embargo lifting. Releases that are sent to private press lists and sent to press release services like EurekAlert must clearly be labeled with the embargo time and date.

Information for Journalists and Bloggers

All articles that are press released via PLOS Biology are sent to our private press list and posted to EurekAlert. The releases will be clearly labeled with the embargo date and time, contact information, a link to the location of the article once the embargo lifts, and a press preview PDF.

In your article, please include the following information:

  • Journal name. Refer to us as PLOS Biology.
  • Organization name. The organization's name is written as PLOS and pronounced to rhyme with “boss”.
  • Article. If your news article will be published online, include a link to the freely available PLOS Biology article.

If you are interested in joining PLOS’ press list, please visit PLOS’ embargo policy page for eligibility requirements and conditions.

If you have questions or need to get in touch with us, please contact us at the information below.

Social media

We recognize that blogging, Twitter, Facebook, and many other social media sites are powerful tools in information dissemination. If you choose to blog or post information about a PLOS Biology article via social media, please wait until the embargo on the paper lifts and include a link to the article.

Communicating Your Research

Speaking to the media

If you agree to be the contact for journalists, please note that you could be contacted by reporters from around the world. It is important that you respond to their queries in a timely manner as journalists work under tight deadlines. Failure to respond to them could result in a story being published without your input and might end up containing inaccurate information.

Before giving an interview, please ensure that the journalist will agree to abide by the embargo. It is also helpful to share the link to your manuscript so that the journalist may include it in the article.

Promoting your research on social media

We encourage you to promote your research on social media. Please wait until the embargo lifts and include a link to the published article.

More information on using social media to promote your research:

An Introduction to Social Media for ScientistsPLOS Biology

How social network “roots” help scientists communicate their research, EveryONE Blog

Communication between scientists

We encourage you to discuss your research with other scientists. You may present and discuss your research for scientific purposes prior to publication. This includes talking about research at conferences and on preprint servers.

Media Coverage

Who covers PLOS Biology

In 2015, nearly 600 news articles, blogs, radio programs, and podcasts from around the globe discussed over 100 PLOS Biology articles. Though we cannot guarantee the media will cover any one article, we regularly see PLOS Biology research discussed in The Times, Science, BBC, Nature, Science News, The New York Times, The Scientist, National Geographic, The Washington Post and Scientific American among others.

See an archive of our press releases on EurekAlert.

Media tracking

Our media tracking system showcases news and media coverage of our articles and enriches post-publication discussion. The tool automatically picks up coverage that links directly to the journal article.

We also encourage authors and readers to submit any additional coverage or resources online using the link on an article’s “Related Content” tab. Pending journal approval, the coverage will be displayed on the “Related Content” tab. This wide range of content may include news media, blog posts, discussion boards, podcasts, lab websites, and institution or funding institution pages.

Contact

UK Office
Louise Maybank
biologypress@plos.org
+44 (0)1223 446 970

US Office
Tessa Gregory
biologypress@plos.org
+1(415) 590-3559