Public Library of Science (PLoS)

The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a non-profit publisher and advocacy organization. Their mission is to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. Everything they publish is 'open access' - freely available online for anyone to use.

PLoS goals are to:

  • Open the doors to the world's library of scientific knowledge by giving any scientist, physician, patient, or student - anywhere in the world - unlimited access to the latest scientific research.
  • Facilitate research, informed medical practice, and education by making it possible to freely search the full text of every published article to locate specific ideas, methods, experimental results, and observations.
  • Enable scientists, librarians, publishers, and entrepreneurs to develop innovative ways to explore and use the world's treasury of scientific ideas and discoveries.

PLoS publishes several open access medical journals. They are run by leading academics and practicing researchers and publish significant new research in their respective fields, along with commentary and review. They include:

  • PLoS ONE
  • PLoS Biology
  • PLoS Medicine
  • PLoS Genetics
  • PLoS Pathogens
  • PLoS Computational Biology
  • PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases

See PLoS Medical Journals