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Open for submissions (Part 1)

Note: This blog was originally published on the Official PLOS Blog to announce that five new PLOS journals now were open for submissions. These are the first new launches for PLOS in fourteen years. 

It has already been a month since we announced we’re launching five new journals. For those of you patiently waiting, we are excited to announce that the journals are now OPEN for submissions! 

The responses we’ve seen so far have been overwhelmingly positive. We’d like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to those of you who have expressed your support on social media, via email, and the many hundreds of you who have applied to join the editorial boards of the journals–we have been delighted to see how our reasons for launching them have resonated with you.

The journals’ websites now contain much more information on each  journal’s mission, scope, personnel, submission instructions and hopefully everything you need to consider submitting your work:

If what you want to do is explore the journal most relevant to you, and consider it for your future work, please consider this blog post an appropriate “jumping off point” for you to do that! In summary: we have affordable, APC-free business models for all our journals available through institutional partnerships which allow unlimited publishing by all authors at the institution. We also have publishing fees/APCs for those who still need or prefer them, and an established APC-waiver program for those who cannot afford APCs but whose institutions are not yet under an institutional agreement. Please presume there is a way, that is appropriate for you and your context, that you will be able to publish in these new journals!

For those of you who want to know more details about our institutional models, in particular librarians and others managing Open Access budgets, please read Part 2 of this announcement.

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