UVa Now Members of “Public Library of Science”

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Libraries, and most particularly academic libraries, are committed to the spirit of discovery and research.   Not only is it important that our users have access to important scholarship, but the scholarship of our own university community should be widely available as well.  To this end, The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library recently obtained membership in the “Public Library of Science” (PLoS). As an open access journal provider, PLoS membership will provide faculty and researchers with a means to make their work widely distributed.

All University of Virginia authors will now receive a 10% discount in author fees for all PLoS publications, which include:

  • PLoS Biology
  • PLoS Medicine
  • PLoS Computational Biology
  • PLoS Genetics
  • PLoS Pathogens
  • PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • PLoS ONE

The “Public Library of Science” and its affiliated online journals are highly regarded, peer reviewed, science publications; All 7 publications have impact factors. PLoS is based on the premise of open access which ensures accelerated access to knowledge for the public good.  In addition, PLoS publications are governed by the Creative Commons Attribution license which also ensures that knowledge is more freely available to all and not limited by copyright transfer to third party publishers.

Another benefit of membership is that PLoS provides publishing statistics, usage reports, and article level metrics to more accurately measure the impact of your publication. To learn more about publishing in any of the “Public Library of Science” journals, contact Jonathan Lord, Head of Collection Development and Management Librarian, at 924-0059 or jml4s@virginia.edu

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