PLOS Genetics

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PLOS Genetics  
PLOS Genet.
Discipline Genetics
Language English
Edited by Gregory S. Barsh and Gregory P. Copenhaver
Publication details
Publication history
July 2005-present
Frequency Monthly
License CC BY
ISSN 1553-7390 (print)
1553-7404 (web)

PLOS Genetics (formerly PLoS Genetics) is an open access peer-reviewed academic journal published monthly by PLOS. Out of the seven PLOS journals, it is one of the four "community journals" (along with PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Pathogens, and PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases) and aims to reflect "the full breadth and interdisciplinary nature of genetics and genomics research by publishing original contributions in all areas of biology”.[1] PLOS Genetics was founded in 2005 by Wayne N. Frankel (from The Jackson Laboratory) [2] and is now run by an international editorial board led by the Editors-in-Chief Gregory S. Barsh (HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, and Stanford University School of Medicine) and Gregory P. Copenhaver (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). All content in PLOS Genetics is published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license, which allows free redistribution and use of content providing the original authors and source are cited.[3]

Aims and scope[edit]

The journal was created with the aim of providing an Open Access venue for researchers in the fields of genetics and genomics to publish research of interest to a broad genetics community. PLOS Genetics publishes research on a range of topics including gene discovery and function, population genetics, genome projects, comparative and functional genomics, medical genetics, disease biology, evolution, gene expression, complex traits, chromosome biology, and epigenetics.

Data accessibility[edit]

Before publishing an article in PLOS Genetics, authors agree to make all data and materials described in their study freely available without restrictions. As with the other PLOS journals, authors are encouraged to submit their data to a field-appropriate database, such as Dryad,[4][5] upon submission and need to ensure that it is freely accessible upon publication. PLOS Genetics recommends usage of RRIDs as provided by SciCrunch.

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

The journal is indexed in PubMed Central, PubMed, and Web of Science.

Business model[edit]

PLOS journals use a business model whereby expenses are recovered in part by charging a publication fee to authors or research sponsors for each article they publish. This enables the articles to be freely accessible upon publication, according to the CC BY license under which all PLOS content is published. PLOS Genetics normally charges $2,250 per article; however, fees are determined using a country-based pricing model [6] based on the country that provides at least 50% of the primary funding for the submitted manuscript. Editors and reviewers have no access to information regarding author payment for submissions in order to ensure that decisions to publish are based only on editorial criteria.

Measures of impact[edit]

As with all PLOS journals, PLOS Genetics uses article-level metrics (ALMs) to measure the impact of articles based on their individual merits rather than using the journal impact factor.[7] ALMs are noted on each article to mark how often they are viewed, cited, saved, discussed/shared or recommended in order to assess work at the article level.[8]