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PLOS | Public Library Of Science
A nonprofit open access science, technology and medicine publisher, innovator and advocacy organization with a library of open access journals and other scientific literature under an open content license.
The Public Library of Science began in 2000 with an online petition initiative by Nobel Prize winner Harold Varmus, formerly director of the National Institutes of Health and at that time director of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Patrick Brown, then a biochemist at Stanford and Michael Eisen, a computational biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Disturbed by the stranglehold traditional science journals had on peer-reviewed research, they set out to build something better - a new publishing platform to provide free and full access to the latest findings. Many people dismissed them crazy idealists, but PLOS in early 2018 boasted more than 160,000 peer-reviewed articles and has been a resounding success.
It launched its first journal, PLOS Biology, in October 2003.
In 2017, nearly 4,000 research articles were covered by news sources such as the BBC, NPR, The New York Times and The Guardian. That's a 15% increase from their 2016 coverage.
The organization is based in San Francisco, California, and has a European editorial office in Cambridge, England. The publications are primarily funded by payments from the authors.
PLOS published eight journals in the Spring of 2018
PLOS One - Publishes original research in all scientific disciplines, including interdisciplinary research, negative results and replication studies - all vital parts of the scientific record. .