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PLoS ONE Wins Recognition as a “SPARC Innovator”

“For blazing a new trail in open-access journals, inspiring broader change in scholarly publishing, and thriving along the way, SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has named the Public Library of Science’s (PLoS) PLoS ONE as the SPARC Innovator for June 2011.”

Today it was announced that PLoS ONE has been named a SPARC Innovator by the Association of Research Libraries’ Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. We are very proud to have received this significant honor from a leading resource in Open Access (OA) advocacy.

In particular, SPARC’s recognition of PLoS ONE (which you can read in full on the SPARC website) highlights our contributions to changing the way science is communicated (namely, post-publication peer review and alt-metrics) and our success in proving that Open Access publishing is a viable and successful business model.

PLoS ONE is a game-changer. It breaks through the preconception that authors—and readers—require a journal to determine the significance of scientific research, and demonstrates that the community is ready and willing to take on that role,” says Heather Joseph, SPARC’s Executive Director.

In welcoming this award, we also want to highlight the fact that our tremendous success has been made possible thanks to the dedication of our staff, authors, editors, reviewers and everyone in the PLoS ONE ecosystem. This award and others are for them.

This announcement has been cross-posted from the everyONE blog.

  1. Many scientists have published serveral papaers or serial papers in PLoS ONE. It would be better to let readers can read a group of papers of a given author at the same time. For example, when I click the name of an author in one paper, other papers published in PLoS ONE or PLoS Journal will appear in a list. Readers can easily know the research treack and progress of the authors. This will benefit both readers and authors a lot. I believe this will greatly encourage scientitis to submitt high quality papers to PLoS ONE or PLoS journals.

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