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Note: PLOS published the following press release on March 1, 2022
SAN FRANCISCO — The Public Library of Science (PLOS) today announced that PLOS Sustainability and Transformation published its initial cohort of papers. The journal’s mission is to empower key decision makers to take immediate action for the sustainability of our environment, our economy, and the societies around the world who depend on it. The journal has so far received more than 70 submissions from researchers around the world.
“Our journal will bring together leading research addressing the global challenges of transitioning to a resource-efficient, food-secure, sustainable future into a single venue to amplify the impact of researchers’ collected knowledge,” said Lian Pin Koh, Editor-in-Chief, PLOS Sustainability and Transformation. “We strive to unite a diverse community of research and policy experts across natural and social sciences, technology and economics to cross-fertilize knowledge and accelerate the communication of research that advances progress in pursuit of our shared goals.”
“We will work alongside researchers to shape Open Science practices to facilitate trust, transparency, and discoverability of research that has a lasting impact on the sustainability of our planet,” said Suzanne Farley, Editorial Director, PLOS. “By ensuring that content is strengthened by diverse and equitable representation of the knowledge in the field, we will facilitate an exchange of knowledge that drives critical progress in optimizing the use of renewable resources, transforming the global economy and achieving a sustainable future.”
PLOS announced the launch of five new journals last year and PLOS Sustainability and Transformation now joins these journals with papers ready for publication. The journal is underpinned by PLOS’ Community Action Publishing (CAP) model to remove financial barriers for researchers and institutions across all geographies and funding backgrounds to participate in Open Access and Open Science at PLOS. CAP takes into account the contributions of every author — not just corresponding authors — to help distribute publishing costs equitably among the institutions who support them. This ensures institutional members are charged a fair fee based on their authors’ publication history at PLOS, or (in the case of PLOS Sustainability and Transformation), historical research output in the field. The model also automatically includes institutions in Research 4 Life countries as members so that researchers in these regions can also publish for free.
Our current Editorial Board is composed of 40 editors representing more than 20 countries, including 14 Section Editors from 12 countries, and reflects PLOS’ commitments towards building diverse, equitable and inclusive editorial boards. Our 70 submissions came from geographic areas all over the world — 40 different countries in total.
Here are links to two of the 7 papers that PLOS Sustainability and Transformation just published, as well as two opinion pieces:
For more information about PLOS Sustainability and Transformation, visit the homepage.