|Abbreviated title (ISO 4)||PLoS Biol.|
|Edited by||Jonathan Eisen|
|Publisher||Public Library of Science|
|License||Creative Commons Attribution License|
It was the first journal of the Public Library of Science. All content in PLOS Biology is published under the Creative Commons "by-attribution" license. To fund the journal, the publication's business model requires that, in most cases, authors will pay publication costs.
In addition to research articles, PLoS Biology publishes online e-letters in which readers provide comments on articles.
According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2011 impact factor of 11.452, ranking it first in the category 'Biology'. Mike Taylor of Discover Magazine said in 2012 that while PLoS Biology has a high impact factor, "PLoS has de-emphasized this traditional, problematic measure, so you won’t find this fact blazoned across their website."
Due to their free licensing, files from PLoS Biology can be reused in places other than the original article, e.g. to illustrate Wikipedia articles.
- "Web of Science". 2011. Retrieved 2012–08–10.
- Taylor, Mike. "It’s Not Academic: How Publishers Are Squelching Science Communication." Discover Magazine. February 21, 2012. Retrieved on March 3, 2012.
- Eisen, J. A. (2008). "PLoS Biology 2.0". PLoS Biology 6 (2): e48. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060048. PMC 2253640. PMID 18303952.
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