GWUMC authors can obtain a 10% discount on publication charges when they publish their research in a Public Library of Science (PLoS) journal. Himmelfarb Library's institutional membership to PLoS provides this discount for the use of faculty, students, and staff, and also supports open access to the scientific literature.
Public Library of Science is a non-profit organization which publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed scientific journals. PLoS counts among its publications PLoS Medicine, PLoS Genetics, PLoS Pathogens, PLoS ONE, and PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. PLoS' goals are to:
- Provide free access to the world's scientific research.
- "Facilitate research, informed medical practice, and education" through open access.
- "Enable scientists, librarians, publishers, and entrepreneurs to develop innovative ways to explore and use the world's treasury of scientific ideas and discoveries."
By submitting your research article to a PLoS journal, you can take benefit from PLoS' mission and organization:
- Open access to journal articles means that anyone can read, redistribute and reuse your research (with correct attribution) without cost. You will retain copyright ownership of your own research article through a Creative Commons Attribution License.
- High-profile experts from around the world serve on PLoS' Advisory Board, Editorial Board (Section Editors & Academic Editors), and as Statistical Advisors.
- PLoS is exploring new ways of for researchers to communicate with one another by incorporating tools to allow users to rate, annotate, and discuss research articles.
- PLoS research articles are regularly highlighted in news sources including the New York Times, Reuters, and BBC which can generate publicity for your research.
- PLoS will help you comply with funders' public access policies (including the NIH) by immediately providing a copy of your research article to PubMed Central upon publication.
For more information on publishing in a Public Library of Science journal, please consult: