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When you choose to publish with PLOS, your research makes an impact. Make your work accessible to all, without restrictions, and accelerate scientific discovery with options like preprints and published peer review that make your work more Open.

When you publish

Publishing Open Access means everyone benefits from your advancements,
not just a select group of subscribers.

Open Access

And that’s good, because when your research is accessible,
policymakers can use your findings.

your work shapes

Health care policymakers in developing countries cite access to articles
as a top determinate of their ability to use research to inform policy¹

and for many physicians, an article abstract or clinical summary alone
can’t satisfy research needs.²

public policy.

In conservation and climate change policy documents,
fewer references to peer-reviewed science has been linked to access restrictions³
while Open Access studies are cited more frequently than subscription articles.⁴

Find out how else you can Open your research:

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¹ Albert MA, Fretheim A, Maïga D (2007) Factors influencing the utilization of research findings by health policy-makers in a developing country: the selection of Mali’s essential medicines. Health Res Policy Sys 5(2).

² Moorhead LL, Holzmeyer C, Maggio LA, Steinberg RM, Willinsky J (2015) In an Age of Open Access to Research Policies: Physician and Public Health NGO Staff Research Use and Policy Awareness. PLoS ONE 10(7).

³ Tai TC, Robinson JPW (2018) Enhancing Climate Change Research With Open Science. Front. Environ. Sci.

⁴ Cvitanovic, C., N. A. Marshall, S. K. Wilson, K. Dobbs, and A. J. Hobday (2014) Perceptions of Australian marine protected area managers regarding the role, importance, and achievability of adaptation for managing the risks of climate change. Ecology and Society 19(4).

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