Later this year, PLoS will launch a prototype version of the PLoS Hub for Biodiversity, a resource that will aggregate relevant articles from a range of open-access sources including our own journal websites and PubMed Central.
Biodiversity is a very broad interdisciplinary topic with data, analyses and ideas currently spread across many locations. By aggregating dispersed information, the PLoS Hub for Biodiversity will help to develop important links between measures of species diversity and the ecological and evolutionary science that is investigating the causes and consequences of biodiversity change. The aims of this website will be to create a place to share the latest findings, to connect researchers who have complementary interests and ideas, and to accelerate the pace of research and discovery.
We're collaborating with a number of different organizations to create this new site including: the Census of Marine Life (their Tagging of Pacific Predators group have already published a PLoS Collection and other groups will join them shortly); the California Academy of Sciences; the Natural History Museum, London; the Consortium for the Barcode of Life; the Encyclopaedia of Life and the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
The first iteration of the PLoS Hub will be a collaboration between PLoS and community members who will help to populate and curate the Hub. It will introduce features that demonstrate some of the real potential of open-access content, such as semantically-tagged articles. Subsequent releases of Hubs will incorporate capabilities so that Hubs can be tailored to the needs of particular communities.
We encourage all biodiversity researchers to publish their work in one of the PLoS Journals so that we can easily bring all this content together in the Biodiversity Hub. Remember, the Hub doesn't publish work in its own right; it aggregates articles from a number of different sources including our own.
We expect that many of the articles that will appear in the Hub will be submitted to PLoS ONE or PLoS Biology and for any researchers who are not familiar with PLoS Journals, here are some key features of these journals:
• Open Access—freely and immediately available to everyone online.
• Listed in all major archiving and indexing services—including Web of Science.
• Peer-Reviewed—by relevant experts.
• Interactive—tools for rating, commenting on, and discussing research with the online scientific community.
• Article-Level Metrics—article views, citations, blog coverage, social bookmarks available on every article.
• Media coverage—PLoS articles frequently receive substantial media/blog attention.
• Funder-Compliant—everything we publish is immediately deposited in PubMed Central.
We look forward to receiving your submissions, so that we can feature them in the PLoS Hub for Biodiversity.