Celebrating 15 Years of PLOS ONE
Since launching in 2006, PLOS ONE has transformed research communication and created publishing options that benefit the researchers we serve. As we celebrate our 15th anniversary, we’re looking back on noteworthy milestones from the PLOS ONE community.
Explore our collection of articles and highlights below.
Explore noteworthy articles picked by our editorial team.
- More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in protected areas
- Plastic Pollution in the World’s Oceans: More than 5 Trillion Plastic Pieces Weighing over 250,000 Tons Afloat at Sea
- BrainNet Viewer: A Network Visualization Tool for Human Brain Connectomics
- Closing the Gap: Increases in Life Expectancy among Treated HIV-Positive Individuals in the United States and Canada
- phyloseq: An R Package for Reproducible Interactive Analysis and Graphics of Microbiome Census Data
- Evaluating Amazon’s Mechanical Turk as a Tool for Experimental Behavioral Research
Since January 1 2021, PLOS ONE articles have been referenced over 77,500 times by media outlets around the world! Explore articles that made the news this year.
- Human click-based echolocation: Effects of blindness and age, and real-life implications in a 10-week training program
- How does spectator presence affect football? Home advantage remains in European top-class football matches played without spectators during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Red seaweed (Asparagopsis taxiformis) supplementation reduces enteric methane by over 80 percent in beef steers
- Brief exposure to social media during the COVID-19 pandemic: Doom-scrolling has negative emotional consequences, but kindness-scrolling does not
- Can we screen for pancreatic cancer? Identifying a sub-population of patients at high risk of subsequent diagnosis using machine learning techniques applied to primary care data
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From the Blogs
Our researcher interview series shared on our EveryONE blog features research highlights and insights from the PLOS ONE community. Read noteworthy interviews from recent years below.
- Open science and cognitive psychology: An interview with Guest Editor Nivedita Mani and Mariella Paul
- Perspectives on gender diversity in peer review – interview with Gemma Derrick, PLOS ONE Section Editor
- From Collecting Sediment Cores in Iceland to Mentoring Students: The Busy Life of an Early Career Researcher
- Amphibians and reptiles on the edge: An interview with intrepid PLOS ONE authors
- 15 Years of PLOS ONE – Author Perspectives
“To celebrate this important milestone, I reached out to several former PLOS staff members who had key roles shaping the journal and invited them to share their experiences. Their stories reflect the passion that we feel for this journal, its mission, and its community, and the important ways in which PLOS ONE has driven innovation over the years.“
Read the full story from PLOS ONE Editor-In-Chief Emily Chenette
From most cited to our 100,000th published paper, these articles mark noteworthy publication milestones for the journal.
Most viewed article (975,873 views):
A Multi-Level Bayesian Analysis of Racial Bias in Police Shootings at the County-Level in the United States, 2011–2014
Most cited article (6,784 citations):
FastTree 2 – Approximately Maximum-Likelihood Trees for Large Alignments
Article with a DOI ending in the largest prime number:
Long term dual antiretroviral therapy: A real life retrospective countrywide Israeli study
100,000th paper published:
A Highly Functional Synthetic Phage Display Library Containing over 40 Billion Human Antibody Clones
250,000th paper published
How the persistence of patriarchy undermines the financial empowerment of women microfinance borrowers? Evidence from a southern sub-district of Bangladesh
Transforming Research Communication
Since 2020, we’ve launched 4 new article types designed to help authors make their research open sooner, receive credit for their contributions and improve reproducibility in their field. Registered Report Protocols, Registered Reports, and Study Protocols and Lab Protocols offer unique benefits that can help improve the visibility, transparency and rigor of your study. Explore the first publications of these article types below and click here to learn more about your publishing options with PLOS ONE.
First Registered Report and Protocol published:
Secretive and close? How sharing secrets may impact perceptions of distance
First Study Protocol published:
Protocol: Prospective observational study investigating the prevalence and clinical outcome of portopulmonary hypertension in Japanese patients with chronic liver disease
First Lab Protocol published:
Vectorial application for the illustration of archaeological lithic artefacts using the “Stone Tools Illustrations with Vector Art” (STIVA) Method
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*As of November 2021