We are wrapping up the week with the first multidisciplinary Open Access journal, PLOS ONE. Published by the Public Library of Science (PLOS) (a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization) ONE upholds rigorous standards for peer review and increases speed to publication by focusing on scientific rigor instead of subjective assessments of novelty. Its broad, interdisciplinary scope encourages publication of primary research, replication studies, and negative results.
One outstanding feature of PLOS ONE is their article level metrics (ALM). ALM allows researchers to assess and track their research impact by providing indicators on usage, citations, social media coverage, and activity ratings for every article published in PLOS ONE. The metrics tab on each article provides a snapshot (check out an example of a highly cited Dartmouth article) and the full dataset is updated monthly.
Interested in a specific publishing in a discipline-specific journal? PLOS also publishes a suite of OA journals in the sciences and medicine including PLOS Biology, PLOS Medicine, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Pathogens and PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.
On Monday we will be moving on to the Outreach phase of our research process. Check back then for the first of five highlighted Outreach tools!