PLoS E-Newsletter for Institutional Members

May 15, 2006

Welcome to New 2006 PLoS Institutional Members:

  • University of Milan
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Leiden University Medical Center

We also would like to say thanks to all the renewing 2006 Institutional Members. Your membership support enables us to continue our advocacy efforts by providing marketing materials about PLoS Journals and open access. In addition, your support allows us to disseminate information on the successful use and coverage of open access research articles and to support open access policy issues not only in the United States but globally.

We look forward to seeing many of you at the Medical Librarian's Association (MLA) Conference in Arizona, May 19-24. Please stop by the PLoS Booth to say "Hello" or to tell us how we can better serve you as a PLoS Institutional Member.

Table of Contents:

Evidence That Open-Access (OA) Articles Are More Immediately Recognized and Cited Than Non-OA Articles

Citation Advantage of Open Acess Articles
In the May issue of PLoS Biology, Gunther Eysenbach provides evidence that open-access articles (OA articles) are more immediately recognized and cited than non-OA articles.

Related PLoS Biology Editorial Article:
Open Access Increases Citation Rate PLoS Biology Editorial

Please Act Now to Support the "Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006"

Recently introduced in the U.S. Senate, this legislation would require that federal agencies with substantial extramural research budgets provide free taxpayer access to peer-reviewed articles stemming from agency funding.

The bill would make research available to every scientist, health worker, educator, small business, and citizen at home, in the office, in school, or in a library. Facilitating this kind of broad and often unexpected use of research—practical today because of the Internet—will have direct, positive results on discovery and innovation. (Details are available at

Here are ways you can show your support:

  • Phone, fax, or e-mail your senator and request that s/he cosponsor the bill (contact information is available at
  • Fax a letter of support to Senators Cornyn (202-228-2856) and Lieberman (202-224-9750)
  • Issue a public statement of support from your organization and share it widely with members, colleagues, and the media
  • Libraries and university administrators, please contact the Alliance for Taxpayer Access (e-mail: for tools to help inform your campus about the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006

From the Journals

PLoS Clinical Trials
Take a sneak peek before the launch of PLoS Clinical Trials

The Public Library of Science is pleased to offer a preview of PLoS Clinical Trials, the new open-access journal that will launch on May 19, 2006. The journal provides an innovative new way of increasing the breadth of clinical trials reporting, ensuring that all trials on human participants can be reported in the peer-reviewed literature.

Take a preview of the articles published in advance of the launch. Why not alert faculty members at your institution? They can sign up at to receive content alerts via the Web site. Remember that as with all PLoS journals, content is freely accessible to all: readers can redistribute, reuse, and republish the work in any way, as long as the author and original source are credited.

PLoS Genetics
Virtual Histology of Transgenic Mouse Embryos for High-Throughput Phenotyping

Three-dimensional microCT-based virtual histology allows full assessment of an E12.5 mouse embryo. Cover Image created by David Weinstein (Visual Influence), Charles Keller, and Ali Bahadur (UTHSCSA).

PLoS Medicine
Inaugural Conference on Disease Mongering

Conference ends on a high. This conference discussed the techniques of disease mongering, in particular the expansion of the boundaries of disorders, the medicalization of normal life events, and the portrayal of risk factors as diseases prevalent in the medical marketing world. A short report of the conference will be published in the British Medical Journal and a more comprehensive statement will be published in PLoS Medicine. Selected full papers from the conference are available through PLoS on the following Web page: A Collection of Articles on Disease Mongering in PLoS Medicine.

New PLoS Medicine Editorial Board Members

  • Sanjeev Krishna
    St George's Hospital Medical School, London, United Kingdom
  • Lars Hviid
    Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Sara McKenna
    Guildford, United Kingdom

HELP Spread the Word—NEW! PLoS Downloadables

Clinical Trials Downloadables. Please support PLoS Clinical Trials by distributing and using these posters and brochures.

Recent Creative Reuse of PLoS Materials

Open Educational Resource. Welcome to MIT's OpenCourseWare: A free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners around the world. OCW supports MIT's mission to advance knowledge and education, and serve the world in the 21st century.

Disease Mongering. The Why Files: Created at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the auspices of National Institute for Science Education with support from the National Science Foundation.

All content in PLoS journals are immediately and freely available online under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which allows reproduction, distribution, derivative works, and commercial use as long as the source of the content and terms of the license are properly cited.

PLoS Out and About

May 19-24, 2006, Phoenix, AZ
Medical Librarians Association (MLA)
Come visit us at our booth!

May 22, 2006, Tampa, FL
Council of Science Editors Annual Meeting
"Open Knowledge and Human Welfare"
Calestous Juma (PLoS Board of Directors)
Professor of the Practice of International Development
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

June 9, 2006, Arlington, VA
Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP)
Open Access: Where Does the Money Come From, and Where Does it Go?
Mark Patterson, PLoS Director of Publishing, will be a presenter on this panel.

August 6-10, 2006, Fortaleza, Brazil
ISMB 2006 Conference—Special PLoS Track
The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is proud to introduce the PLoS Track of oral presentations at the Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) 2006 conference in Fortaleza, Brazil (Aug 6-10, 2006).

The PLoS Track, chaired by Steven Brenner, Barb Bryant, and Junior Barrera, will include 25-30 oral presentations of late-breaking research in parallel to the presentation of full papers during the four days of the scientific session. The review and selection of the one-page abstracts—for oral presentation only at the meeting—will be guided by Editorial Board members of PLoS Computational Biology.

August 13-18, 2006, Toronto, Canada
Come visit us at our booth!

August 30-September 2, 2006, Asuncion, Paraguay
2006 FELSOCEM Annual Meeting in Asuncion, Paraguay
FELSOCEM is the Latin American Federation of Medical Student Scientific Societies.
Gavin Yamey, PLoS Medicine, Magazine Editor, will hold a workshop on open access and on medical writing.

Open Access News and Resources

Iowa's Graduate Student Senate unanimously passed a resolution on scholarly publishing on March 22, 2006: This may possibly be a first for research universities.

PubMed Advisory Committee Adds New Member: Hemai Parthasarathy, PLoS Biology Managing Editor, was recently appointed to the the PubMed Central National Advisory Committee. The committee advises Directors of the NIH, NLM, and NCBI on the content and operation of the PubMed Central repository and is responsible for monitoring the evolution of PubMed Central, ensuring that it remains responsive to the needs of researchers, publishers, librarians, and the general public.

Open Access Program: SPARC: A resource for librarians and administrators creating events to promote open access among faculty members. Why recreate the wheel!

Recent PLoS Journals News (from Google News)

A new feature on our PLoS Web site is the News and Events page containing hyperlinks to Google's search engines. Google will search the Web for publications that recently mentioned the PLoS journal that you select. Give it a try!

Feedback or Comments?

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