From The PLOS Blog:
PLoS is delighted to announce that our 50,000th research article was recently published. To everyone who has contributed to this achievement – from our authors, editors, and reviewers to our staff, board, and advocates at large– we’d like to offer a well-deserved thank you.
We still have a lot of work ahead of us–only a small proportion of the world’s scientific and medical research is open access. However, the movement is gaining momentum. Governments, colleges and funders are beginning to fully understand its benefits both economically and to society as a whole. A recent petition calling for open access to government-funded research gathered 25,000 signatures in just 2 weeks, demonstrating widespread support for the idea that everyone should see the results of taxpayer-funded research.