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Getting Started

Please review the quick checklist below to begin preparing your submission.

This will help to make sure your submission is complete and gets handled as quickly as possible. 

Is your manuscript the right fit for PLOS Computational Biology?

Read the journal scope and article type descriptions.

If you are unsure whether your manuscript is suitable, you can submit a presubmission inquiry. Read the guidelines for presubmission inquiries.

Have you identified potential editors?

See the list of Editorial Board members to identify those who might be a good match for your research. You will enter this information in the submission form. When suggesting editors to handle your work, bear in mind any potential competing interests, e.g., do not suggest recent collaborators or other researchers at your institution. 

Have you identified potential reviewers?

Identify experts within your field who would be able to serve as independent, objective reviewers, free from competing interests. See our competing interests policy for more information. Please note it is not appropriate to suggest recent collaborators or other researchers at your institution.

Have you read our policies?

Review the editorial and publishing policies to understand the requirements that apply to your submission.

Are you prepared to meet our data availability requirements?

Read our policy on data availability.

Is the author list confirmed?

Do you have the following information for all authors listed on the manuscript?

  • Full names, including initials if using
  • Affiliations
  • Email address
  • Any potential competing interests
  • Funding information
  • Author contributions

Are all authors aware of the submission? Is the order of authors confirmed? Does the corresponding author have an ORCID iD and is this number entered in the Editorial Manager profile?

Read more about preparing the author list.

Have you read our style and format guidelines?

Read the submission guidelines for information about manuscript style and format.

Additional guidance is available for the following:

Refer to our sample files to ensure that your submission meets our formatting requirements:

Does your study follow appropriate reporting guidelines?

Read more about recommended reporting guidelines for different study types.

Are you ready to declare funding sources and competing interests?

Read our policies on disclosure of funding sources and competing interests.

Have you read the license agreement?

PLOS applies the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license to works we publish. 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.

You must be prepared to sign the license agreement on behalf of all the authors. Read our licenses and copyright policy

Are you submitting to the magazine section?

If you are submitting content other than a research article, read the guidelines for other article types.

Can you access the submission system?

All manuscripts must be submitted in the online submission system.

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