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.

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You value fairness and prioritize it in all you do—for yourself and for others.

Researchers like you are changing the culture of research. By sharing more, recognizing all contributions equally, and embracing new practices and technologies for scientific communications, you can help ensure that all researchers have opportunities to read, publish, and engage in scientific discourse, and that all research is assessed fairly and without bias.

What does it mean to value Fairness?

1. You believe in equity
That means equity In all aspects of scientific communication. Real opportunities for everyone to read research, to conduct and publish their own research, and to contribute to research assessment as editor or reviewer. And a system of funding publishing in which no one is saddled with disproportionate or prohibitive costs.

2. You believe in unbiased research assessment
In peer review and editorial decision-making that evaluates each study on its own merits, on the basis of scientific strength and methodological and analytical rigor. Publication selection unswayed by impact bias or confirmation bias, the identities of the authors, or the prestige of their institutions. 

3. You believe in credit where credit is due
In acknowledging the contributions of others, no matter their role, and being acknowledged in return. So everyone can reap the benefits of their hard work and build a scholarly career based on merit.

You don’t have to choose between research impact and your values

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“Fairness helps instill trust in science…”

Hear from Emily Chenette, Editor in Chief of PLOS ONE on how the journal embodies fairer practices in research publication.

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We don’t expect you to compromise.

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