is an open access peer-reviewed scientific journal
published by the Public Library of Science
since 2006. It covers primary research
from any discipline within science
. All submissions go through an internal and external pre-publication peer review
but are not excluded on the basis of lack of perceived importance or adherence to a scientific field. The PLoS ONE
online platform has post-publication user discussion and rating features.
was launched in December 2006 as a beta version
. It launched with Commenting and Note making functionality, and added the ability to rate articles in July 2007. In September 2007 the ability to leave "trackbacks" on articles was added. In August 2008 it moved from a weekly publication schedule to a daily one, publishing articles as soon as they became ready. In October 2008 PLoS ONE
came out of "beta". Also in September 2009, as part of its "Article-Level Metrics" program, PLoS ONE
made the full online usage data for every published article (HTML page views, PDF, and XML downloads) publicly available.
In 2006 the journal published 138 articles; in 2007 it published just over 1,200 articles; and in 2008 it published almost 2,800 articles, making it the largest open access journal in the world. In 2009, 4,406 articles were published, making PLoS ONE the third largest scientific journal in the... Read More