PLoS ONE Beta - Publishing Science, accelerating research | Open Access 2.0

The wait is over!

December 20, 2006

Dear Colleague,

PLoS ONE beta, a new way of communicating peer-reviewed science and medicine, is now launched.

Before your first visit, I want to let you know about the inherent challenges of this project and the philosophy that compels PLoS to confront them.

We want to speed up scientific progress and believe that scientific debate is as important as the investigation itself. PLoS ONE is a forum where research can be both shared and commented upon - we are launching it as a beta website so that the whole scientific community can help us develop the features.

What makes the site beta? Not the content, which features peer-reviewed research from hundreds of authors across a diverse range of scientific disciplines. It's the additional tools and functionality surrounding these papers that will be continually refined and developed in response to user feedback.

It is this union of continually evolving user tools provided by the Topaz publishing platform and extensive content that will make PLoS ONE a success.


The first beta release of PLoS ONE features tools that allow users to annotate articles and participate in discussion threads. Our goal is to spark lively discussion online and we’d like to invite you to participate. Future updates will include user ratings for both papers and the comments made about them, personalized content alerts and much more.

We will be watching with interest to see how our new platform and software responds to high volumes of traffic and encourage you to give your feedback on your first experience via the site itself.

To stay involved:

Thanks so much for your early support. It really has made the world of difference to know that you and more than 4,000 of your peers have been behind us from the start.

See you online.

Chris Surridge
Managing Editor
PLoS ONE