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Dear AMSA listserv member,

One year ago, AMSA and the Public Library of Science (PLoS, rhymes with Floss) decided to work together to promote fairer global access to medical knowledge. You can read more about AMSA’s endorsement of both PLoS and open-access publishing if you click here.

PLoS is a world leading provider of freely accessible peer-reviewed medical research. It is also the publisher of PLoS Medicine which was launched in 2004 to rave reviews - "its fascinating variety of commentary, essays and original research is about as good as it gets for a global medical journal". British Medical Journal (BMJ), 13th November 2004.

The PLoS family of peer-reviewed open-access journals just keeps on growing. Spring 2006 will see the launch of PLoS Clinical Trials. This new online journal aims to broaden the scope of clinical trials reporting by publishing the results of randomized trials in humans from all medical and public health disciplines. It is accepting submissions now.

Everything published by PLoS is available to everyone in the world with an internet connection. There’s no charge to use, read, distribute and creatively enjoy the content. PLoS asks only that the author and original source are credited when referring to the work.

AMSA and PLoS have a shared mission and vision. We believe:

  • That scientific and medical literature should be freely available to anyone.
  • That the tax-paying public deserves to see and understand the research that they fund.

Many other important organizations also share these beliefs. The UN Millennium Project also plays a vital role in championing and promoting this cause - "open-access to the treasury of scientific and medical literature will have profound benefits for research".

What can you do to get involved? You can visit PLoS Medicine’s student forum, a source of vigorous debate and thoughtful analysis of issues that are critically important to you.

This section welcomes your perspective on any topic related to health or medicine in essays of up to 1000 words. To see if your ideas would be relevant, simply submit a pre-submission enquiry by emailing and the team will respond within 48 hours.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Student Forum and to PLoS Medicine.

Best wishes

PLoS Medicine