May 16, 2022

Scholarly Communications: Public Library of Science Launches New Blog Focusing On All Aspects of “Open”

Cameron Neylon, Director of Advocacy at PLOS & Editor of the New “PLOS Open” Blog Writes:

Open Access will be at the center of what we discuss, but we chose deliberately not to have ‘Open Access’ in the name. The successful implementation of full Open Access is a necessary, but not sufficient condition of realizing the potential that the web brings to research communication.


So this blog will be about the “Opens”: open source, open data, open standards, open review and more. “Opens” as a noun if you like. But it will also be about “opens” as a verb. A discussion of what needs to be done to take advantage of the potential of the web. At the center of this will be Open Access as the critical step we are now negotiating. News, views and critical analysis alongside guest posts from the wider community. But always with an eye to the future; a view of how the world could be if we choose to make it.

Read the Complete PLOS Open Introductory Post 
It includes an embedded video with examples demonstrating, “how the reuse of open access research can accelerate scientific progress and benefit society as a whole.”

In Other PLOS News…

The PLOS Blog Network has launched a stipend program for qualified blog authors. Also, the blog network now requires that all authors license their posts using CC-BY. More info in this post. 

Hat Tip and Thanks: Matt R. Weaver

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