PLoS E-Newsletter for Institutional Members

August 6, 2006

It is an exciting summer for PLoS from our new PloS blog to PLoS Biology's 2006 impact factor of 14.7 and PLoS Medicine's impact factor of 8.4 to our announcement of PLoS ONE due to launch in the fall of 2006.

PLoS continues to grow and innovate!

A special thank you to everyone who stopped by the PLoS booth at the Medical Librarians Association Conference (MLA). It was great seeing everyone wearing orange open access stickers and the famous PLoS tattoos! (If you would like your own personal stash please send me an e-mail at

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Get Involved!!! New PLoS Blog

Getting Involved is Easy!
We’ve launched this blog to give an insider’s view of the latest developments at PLoS. To keep it simple, we’ve divided the content into two tracks:

Enter a discussion of our latest e-publishing initiatives.

Enter a debate surrounding our new open access 2.0 platform.

Coming Soon: PLoS ONE

The Public Library of Science (PLoS) has announced PLoS ONE its newest open access (OA) innovation in scientific publishing which will launch in November of this year with submissions accepted from August. PLoS ONE aims at inclusively by enabling the peer-review process to accept all papers which demonstrate ‘rigorously performed science’ and by extending the peer-review process post-publication through encouraging readers to add comments, annotations and ratings to each article. PLoS ONE seeks to bring together research from all areas of biology and medicine reflecting an increasing multidisciplinary approach in research and in so doing "return control over scholarly publishing to the research community".

Interview with Chris Surridge by Richard Poynder
Managing Editor of PLoS ONE: Open Shut Article

"From the Journals"

The Impact Factor Game
We are pleased that PLoS Biology is ranked as the most highly cited general biology journal by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), with an impact factor of 14.7 and PLoS Medicine impact factor 8.4. but we firmly believe it is time to find a better way to assess the scientific literature.

Phil Bourne, San Diego Supercomputer Center at UCSD (SDSC), Chairs the Scientific Program Committee of the 14th Annual Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology
Conference line up of keynote speakers, including three Nobel Laureates, two ISCB award winners, and three other highly accomplished scientists. Over 67 peer-reviewed paper presentations selected from among 404 submissions are where the bulk of Bourne's effort is most evident. He also was instrumental in bringing to fruition the new PLoS Track of oral abstracts showcasing an additional 23 talks selected from 218 submissions of work that is novel, applied, motivating to hear about, and expands the subject areas that computational biologists traditionally have addressed.

Olle Hansson Award 2006
Presented to Dr Bala, Advisor and Coordinator Health Action International Asia-Pacific. He is a member of the PLoS Medicine Editorial Board.
The Olle Hansson Award recognizes the work of individuals from developing countries who have contributed most to promoting the concepts of essential drugs and their rational use and increasing the awareness among consumers of the dangers of irrational and hazardous drugs.

PLoS Genetics Feature Interviews by Dr. Jane Gitschier
PLoS Genetics, Editor, Dr. Jane Gitschier, University of California, San Francisco
Look for her published exclusive interviews in PLoS Genetics.

Willing to Do the Math: An Interview with David Botstein
Director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University, weaves the physical, computational, and biological sciences into a cohesive endeavor. He has made scientific discoveries that have run the gamut of organisms, from phage P22 to yeast to humans.

The Making of a President: An Interview with Shirley Tilghman
Princeton University’s President. To see one of our own at the helm of a major university is unquestionably inspirational. Read the article and see the video clip.

Recent Creative Reuse of PLoS Materials

"The Roulette Wheel: An Aid to Informed Decision Making".
Describes a visual tool that might help patients to choose between several medical treatments.

"Scientific Illiteracy and the Partisan Takeover of Biology"
The May article in PLoS Biology was featured on the National Center for Science Education’s site.

Spanish Translation of PLoS Medicine Article:
Boletines Fármacos's Spanish version The Global Threat of Counterfeit Drugs: Why Industry and Governments Must Communicate the Dangers. Robert Cockburn, Paul N. Newton, E. Kyeremateng Agyarko, Dora Akunyili, Nicholas J. White. PLoS Medicine Vol. 2, No. 4, e100.

The Pressures on Journals to Publish Drug Industry Trials
"Can We Tame the Monster?" editorial in the July issue of the BMJ Journal discuss the issue between the interests of the public and the commercial interests of drug companies stand two potential safeguards—journal peer review and drug regulation. The pressures on journals to publish drug industry trials include the need for newsworthy content and revenues from reprint sales. These pressures are intensifying, and recent examples of selective reporting and data manipulation have made clear that peer review in its current form is unequal to the task. Writing in PLoS Clinical Trials in May, Richard Smith and Ian Roberts proposed a different model for disseminating the results of clinical trials.

All content in PLoS journals are made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, and are immediately and freely available online 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

August 6-10, 2006, 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 4 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 31-September 3, 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.

September 14-17, 2006, Denmark, Sweden
European Association for the Study of Diabetes

September 27-30, 2006, San Francisco, California
Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICACC)

October 9-13, 2006, New Orleans, Louisiana
American Society of Human Genetics

October 14-18, 2006, Atlanta Georgia
Society for Neuroscience

November 8-11, Charleston, North Carolina
XXVI Annual Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisitions

December 5-9, 2006, San Diego, California
American Society for Cell Biology

Open Access News and Resources

Provosts of 25 Top Universities Support FPRAA
Twenty-five top university Provosts are jointly releasing an open letter that strongly backs the bill and encourages higher education to prepare for a new way of disseminating research findings.

"Instituting Change" PLoS Biology Editorial
As an increasing number of funding agencies realize the need to enhance impact by reducing restrictions on access to research articles, academic and research institutions have an opportunity to play a key role in securing change.

Revised Create Change Web Site
Get more from your academic research.
Visit the new version of the create change Web site, launched June 22, 2006.

October 6, 2006, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas "Mass & Matter: Public Access to Scientific Discovery" Hear what the experts have to say about sharing and using scientific research and data include PLoS Medicine Senior Editor, Dr. Gavin Yamey.

Recent Policy Initiatives Relating to Publicly Accessible Research

Congressional Mandate for NIH Public Access
Research Information has just published a series of interviews by editor Sian Harris on Open Access.

Royal Society Tests New System of Free Access to Papers
The world's oldest learned society will tear up its 340-year-old business model with the launch of an "open access" journal allowing people to read its new scientific papers free of charge. The Royal Society in London virtually invented the subscription-based system of peer-reviewed scientific journals when it started the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society in 1665.

RCUK Position on Issue of Improved Access to Research Outputs
The Research Councils' commitment to the guiding principles that publicly funded research must be made available and accessible for public examination as rapidly as practical.

Update Yourself on the Latest Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA) Information
(Details are available at

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