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The Academic Editor Role at PLOS ONE

PLOS ONE Academic Editors form an international Editorial Board of active researchers who ensure that all rigorously conducted research submitted to the journal is made available as soon as possible and without restriction.

As experts in the fields of research they serve, Academic Editors voice the needs of their community and are active participants in scholarly communication discussions around open access, open data, open science, and peer review.

Our Board is...

  • Committed to PLOS ONE’s mission to publish rigorous research from all disciplines within science and medicine, regardless of perceived novelty or impact
  • Open to innovation in scholarly publishing and the dissemination of scientific communications to meet the community’s changing needs
  • Engaged with their scientific communities and, in service to those groups, mindful of the author and reviewer experiences at PLOS ONE
  • Eager to contribute ideas and lend their expertise to help shape journal goals, policies, and development


Academic Editor Responsibilities

Our Academic Editors oversee the peer review process from beginning to end, taking responsibility for conducting an initial assessment based on the PLOS ONE publication criteria, finding and inviting reviewers, evaluating their feedback, making editorial decisions, and communicating decisions to authors. Academic Editors play an active role in the community, and are highly engaged as representatives of PLOS ONE.

To ensure an efficient peer review process for our authors, our Academic Editors strive to:

  • Agree to handle one to two new manuscript assignments per month, and handle each from first assessment to final decision.
  • Respond to manuscript invitations (Accept or Decline) within two days
  • Assess whether the manuscript is suitable for peer review and decide to Reject a submission or invite reviewers within four days of receipt
  • Secure two or more reviewers on manuscripts that are suitable for review
  • Submit a decision within four days of receipt of the complete reviews
  • Adhere to editorial best practices to maintain the highest standards of editorial integrity, confidentiality, and impartiality.