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PLOS Biology Year in Review

2021 was a year to remember for PLOS Biology. We welcomed new editors, published new and noteworthy research, and created even more choice in how researchers publish their findings. Discover journal updates, read a message from our Editor-in-Chief, explore new offerings, and more below.



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As we reflect on 2021, we would like to thank our authors, reviewers, and academic editors for another great year of open science, for entrusting their work to us, and for helping us assess its suitability for publication, all with patience and grace in difficult circumstances. At PLOS Biology, we introduced changes to increase our author service and equitable accessibility to open access publishing. We launched our Community Action Publishing model, implemented reviewer cross-commenting for every manuscript sent for peer-review, made progress toward expanding into communities historically underrepresented at the journal, and began the process of actively expanding our editorial board.

Thank you again for your contributions and we wish you a safe and happy 2022. We look forward to working with you.

Nonia Pariente

Nonia Parente, Editor-in-Chief


This year we welcomed new Magazine section Senior Editor, Joanna Clarke. We are excited to more strategically use this section to signal our interest in new fields, increase our reach and spark important conversations on matters of interest across the life sciences, with a focus on the most pressing issues of our time.

We also launched a new Meet Your Editor blog series featuring in-depth chats with our current staff editors. 

  • Have you heard about our approach to do away with author fees? The Community Action Publishing (CAP) model, which we launched in January 2021, is designed to shift publishing costs from authors and make selective journals at PLOS both open to read and open to publish. Check to see if your institution has signed up for CAP here.

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