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The world’s first multidisciplinary Open Access journal, PLOS ONE accepts scientifically rigorous research, regardless of novelty. PLOS ONE’s broad scope provides a platform to publish primary research, including interdisciplinary and replication studies as well as negative results. The journal’s publication criteria are based on high ethical standards and the rigor of the methodology and conclusions reported.

Scope

PLOS ONE features reports of original research from all disciplines within science and medicine. By not excluding research on the basis of subject area, PLOS ONE facilitates the discovery of connections between research whether within or between disciplines. 

We will also consider the following article types:

  • Systematic reviews. We consider publishing systematic reviews only if the methods ensure the comprehensive and unbiased sampling of existing literature.
  • Submissions describing methods, software, databases, or other tools. We consider submissions describing methods, software, databases, or other tools if they follow the appropriate reporting guidelines.
  • Qualitative research. We consider publishing qualitative research only if it adheres to appropriate study design and reporting guidelines.
  • Studies reporting negative results.
For more information, see our criteria for publication and read our submission guidelines

Criteria for Publication

  1. The study presents the results of primary scientific research.
  2. Results reported have not been published elsewhere.
  3. Experiments, statistics, and other analyses are performed to a high technical standard and are described in sufficient detail.
  4. Conclusions are presented in an appropriate fashion and are supported by the data.
  5. The article is presented in an intelligible fashion and is written in standard English.
  6. The research meets all applicable standards for the ethics of experimentation and research integrity.
  7. The article adheres to appropriate reporting guidelines and community standards for data availability.

Rigorous Peer Review

Often a journal's decision not to publish a paper reflects an editor's opinion about what is likely to have substantial impact in a given field. These subjective judgments can delay the publication of work that later proves to be of major significance. PLOS ONE will rigorously peer-review your submissions and publish all papers that are judged to be technically sound. Judgments about the importance of any particular paper are then made after publication by the readership, who are the most qualified to determine what is of interest to them.

Each submission to PLOS ONE passes through a rigorous quality control and peer-review evaluation process before receiving a decision. The initial in-house quality control check deals with issues such as competing interests; ethical requirements for studies involving human participants or animals; financial disclosures; full compliance with PLOS’ data availability policy, etc. Submissions may be returned to authors for queries, and will not be seen by our Editorial Board or peer reviewers until they pass this quality control check.

Once each manuscript has passed quality control, it is assigned to a member of the Editorial Board, who takes responsibility as the Academic Editor for the submission. The Academic Editor is responsible for conducting the peer-review process and for making a decision to accept, invite revision of, or reject the article.

Read more about the editorial and peer review process.

Read the guidelines for reviewers.

On average, all accepted articles have been reviewed by 2.9* experts (one Academic Editor and 1.9* external peer reviewers).

On average,  PLOS ONE accepts approximately 69%* of all submissions and published 31,507 articles in 2013.

*Data refer to the manuscripts submitted in the period 7/1/12 – 12/31/12 and their status as of 4/1/14. Over 99% of these submissions had received a final decision as of this date.

Editorial Oversight

PLOS ONE is run as a partnership between its in-house PLOS staff and international Editorial Board, ensuring fast, fair, and professional peer review.

 

PLOS ONE Staff Editors

Damian Pattinson, Editorial Director

Iratxe Puebla, Deputy Editor

Meghan Byrne, Senior Editor

Michelle Dohm, Senior Editor

Matt Hodgkinson, Senior Editor

Eric Martens, Senior Editor

Adrian Aldcroft, Associate Editor

Gina Alvino, Associate Editor

Sarah Bangs, Associate Editor

Christna Chap, Associate Editor

Eileen Clancy, Associate Editor

Alejandra Clark, Associate Editor

Renee Hoch, Associate Editor

Nicola Stead, Associate Editor

Edward Sucksmith, Associate Editor

 

Publishing services staff

Kerry Kroffe, Senior Editorial Manager

Jessica Herzog, Editorial Manager

Jennifer Laloup, Editorial Manager

Stacie McKee, Editorial Manager

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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Publication fees

PLOS ONE publication fees are US$1350 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.