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Open Science Helps Move Your Research Forward

You find the ideal article online, but the specific methodologies are unclear. Following hours of laborious searching you find a defined outline of the methods, costing you valuable research time. This is just one of many practical difficulties presented by a lack of Openness in scientific publishing, and consequently has opened the door for a transition towards Open Science, a more collaborative approach with publishers and researchers working together.

Open Science, defined as the practice of inclusive and trustworthy science, requires a vision of Openness that goes beyond access to formal research articles alone. The application of publishing options that provide greater transparency and accessibility to scientific research help actualise these fundamentals of Open Science.

“Open Science is key to sharing and accessing scientific information. I chose to post the preprint as a way of sharing findings earlier.”

Pie Ntampaka, University of Rwanda

Open Science options empower you to share more of your research

Since the establishment of PLOS, Open Science has been our core principle as we have established an extensive range of options designed to help you present and share the full extent of your research.

If you are looking to guarantee that your research remains replicable, valid, and your data remains accessible long-term, our robust data policy has you covered. Introduced in 2014, the policy aims to makes all underlying data from your research globally available. The availability of your data will amplify its reproducibility and the greater visibility can improve its citation. Complementing this, our standardized CRediT and ORCID IDs, let you efficiently track your contributions and receive recognition for them. 

Preprints allow to quicky share your results and by establish the priority of your discovery with a public time stamp. Through our close partnerships with bioRxiv, and medRxiv you can post your life science and medical preprints sooner, enhancing the reproducibility of your findings.

Sharing your procedural methods or protocols allows you to provide greater context to your research, increase its visibility through indexing, and expand your publication record. Partnering with,  we have made it easier for you to share your lab protocols and give readers a deeper understanding of your research.

Your shared methods, from data protocols and code to materials and reagents used, are important to enabling others to build upon your research. Publishing your open methods will make them publicly available and inspire greater trust and validity in your findings.

Moving science forward

Open Science has helped to break down the barriers that stand in the way of scientific collaboration for researchers, experts and policy makers world-wide. Through PLOS’ suite of Open Science practices, sharing your research, while ensuring greater reproducibility and credibility, is made easier. 

All of our Open Science practices benefit the wider scientific community by making your findings more accessible, transparent and straightforward to emulate and build upon. Whether you’re new to Open Science or have previously published and looking to share more of your research beyond the article, join PLOS on your Open journey. Collaborate with your community, drive scientific discovery and receive the credit you deserve for your research. 

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