January 19, 2022

Public Library of Science : PLOS ONE Celebrates Tenth Anniversary Today

A PLOS ONE “decade-in-review” blog post is available here.

From the Post:

2016-12-20_08-42-56During the planning stages of PLOS ONE, its working title was PLoS Reports. As we prepared for its launch, the PLOS founders – Harold Varmus, Pat Brown and Mike Eisen – concluded that ‘Reports’ captured neither the purpose nor the spirit of what we were trying to do. It had always been their intention to provide a publishing venue that was inclusive – a scientific home for everyone.

In particular, PLOS ONE would celebrate success and ‘failure’ equally, by providing a home for the crucially important yet neglected negative, null and inconclusive research that makes up so much of science, as well as papers that represented a major advance or touched a chord with the public. And it would be a place for all scientists, regardless of discipline, including those engaged in interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary research, early career scientists and interested stakeholders who found it hard to access science, such as policy makers, patient advocates and citizen scientists. ‘ONE’ truly was – and is – for everyone

Read the Complete Blog Post

Additional Resources

The PLOS ONE Homepage as Captured by The Wayback Machine (December 22, 2006)

Timeline: History of PLOS

Ten Years of Advancing Science as ONE (Blog Post by Joerg Heber, PLOS ONE Editor-in-Chief)

PLOS ONE 10th Anniversary Community Survey

Direct to PLOS ONE

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.