PLOS Biology

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PLOS Biology  
PLoS Biology cover April 2009.svg
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
PLoS Biol.
Discipline Biology
Language English
Edited by Jonathan Eisen
Publication details
Publication history
License Creative Commons Attribution License
ISSN 1544-9173 (print)
1545-7885 (web)

PLOS Biology is an open-access peer-reviewed scientific journal covering all aspects of biology. Publication began on October 13, 2003.

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 2013 impact factor of 11.771, ranking it first in the category 'Biology'[1] and ranking it 13th in the category 'Biochemistry & Molecular Biology'.[2] 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."[3]

The current editor-in-chief is Jonathan Eisen[4] from the University of California, Davis.


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.


  1. ^ "Web of Science". 2014. 
  2. ^ "Web of Science". 2014. 
  3. ^ Taylor, Mike. "It’s Not Academic: How Publishers Are Squelching Science Communication." Discover Magazine. February 21, 2012. Retrieved on March 3, 2012.
  4. ^ Eisen, J. A. (2008). "PLoS Biology 2.0". PLoS Biology 6 (2): e48. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060048. PMC 2253640. PMID 18303952.  edit

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