Is the Essence of a Journal Portable?

When a journal’s entire editorial board is replaced, is it still the same journal? And if that board starts another journal on the same topic, is it a new one or a continuation of the old one? Discuss.

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Supporting Ukrainian Editorial Staff: Crowdfunding Campaign

The invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022 and the expansion of the war zone across the country have had a significant impact on the country’s scientific activity. Much civilian infrastructure has been destroyed, including higher education and research institutions.

Through a number of programmes, such as Science for Ukraine, support is being provided to Ukrainian researchers, but this support has not been extended to staff working alongside researchers in knowledge generation: the librarians, editors, technicians, and administrative staff at universities, research institutes, and other infrastructures.

Yet preserving the knowledge, expertise, and knowledge-sharing capabilities of these scientific communities is of vital importance.

What can we do to help?

Supporting Ukrainian Editorial Staff (SUES) is an initiative by various European institutions, infrastructures, and organizations (Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences [IBL-PAN], OPERAS, Directory of Open Access Journals [DOAJ], Directory of Open Access Books [DOAB], Electronic Information for Libraries [EIFL], Association of European University Presses [AEUP]), as well as a number of French scientific publishers, aimed at supporting scientific communication in Ukraine and helping scholarly journals and academic publishers to continue their publishing activities.

Did you know that there are more than 1,000 academic journals in Ukraine? Over 700 of these are open access journals published via the URAN platform. The publication of academic books is also extensive, with more than 20 Ukrainian university presses currently distributed via the CEEOL portal. These publications, in fields ranging from physics to literature via history, sociology, and biology, are key vehicles for the communication of knowledge generated by Ukrainian researchers. The editors, reviewers, typesetters, proofreaders, translators, and technical and administrative staff working in the various publishing centres need your support to continue their mission: to share and disseminate knowledge.

A questionnaire is being circulated around Ukrainian journals and publishers to help accurately identify their needs in terms of financial and technical support. The requests received so far relate primarily to remuneration for editorial work, to enable them to continue their work and to publish the next issue of their journal or their next book. The purpose of this campaign is to help 10 journals or publishers to keep publishing. In the long term, the project is also aimed at strengthening relationships and exchanging knowledge to ensure the international presence and visibility of Ukrainian academic publishers. Thanks to your contribution, Ukrainian scholarly journals and scientific publishers will be able to continue sharing knowledge.

A crowdfunding campaign is being run from Wednesday, 4 May to Monday, 6 June 2022, to raise money to help Ukrainian journals who have requested assistance from the coalition. Unique compensation will be offered in return for any financial support offered.

Link to the crowdfunding webpage:


Partnership at the heart of PLOS ONE: The Role of Academic Editors

From its inception, PLOS ONE’s mission has been clear: to create an inclusive venue for all rigorous scientific research irrespective of its perceived impact. Moreover, PLOS wanted to create a journal for, and run by,

Going to the ASCB Annual Meeting? PLOS would like to meet you!

MA104 cells labelled with actin (green) and DNA (blue). Image credit: PLoS ONE 7(10): e47612. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0047612

Are you attending the upcoming Annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology?  Then we want to meet you in person!  PLOS ONE has published thousands of papers in the field of Cell Biology, so we know there must be a lot of PLOS ONE authors out there.  Whether you are an editor, reviewer, author or prospective author, we hope to see you! For more information about where we’ll be and when, please read on.


An evening with the PLOS Editorial Boards:

PLOS is hosting a reception for all Editorial Board members for an evening of food, drink and discussion.  It will be a great opportunity to connect with your fellow Editors, and a few staff Editors will also be on hand.  The highlight of the evening will be speakers Emma Ganley and Jason Swedlow, focusing on the challenges and importance of sharing data in the world of cell biology.

  • Emma Ganley is a Senior Editor on PLOS Biology, with experience in data availability and navigation in online publication. 
  • Jason Swedlow is co-founder of Open Microscopy Environment (OME), and directs his own research group at the University of Dundee.

When: 6 to 8pm , Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Where: The Box [link] – 1069 Howard Street (between 6th & 7th), San Francisco, CA 94103

Be sure to RSVP, because space is limited:

Get in touch if you would like further information or have any questions!


Calling all PLOS ONE authors to the PLOS booth in the Exhibition Hall!

Have you published with PLOS ONE?  Come by booth #1322!  We would love to show you your article level metrics in exchange for a t-shirt!  Find out who has cited your work, how many people are using it in their Mendeley library, and the number of times the pdf has been downloaded (among many other things).  PLOS ONE staff will be on hand to discuss the benefits of publishing with PLOS, and to answer all of your questions both specific and general.

We look forward to meeting you!



PLOS meets the American Society of Human Genetics

Last week the staff at PLOS attended the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, held just a mile from our San Francisco office.  If you were able to stop by the exhibition hall, you would have found representatives from

Publications Manager Liz Flavall speaks with one of the Editors on PLOS Genetics about one of our lesser known but very exciting publications, PLOS Currents Evidence on Genomic Tests

various journals at the PLOS booth. It was a great opportunity to connect with readers, authors, editors, reviewers, and a few people who hadn’t heard of us, believe it or not!

We invited authors to look up their published articles in exchange for a PLOS t-shirt – we gave away a lot of t-shirts.  This afforded us the opportunity to show off our new article level metrics (or rather we had the authors show off their own metrics to us).  Many were thrilled to find out just how easy it is to find all articles that had cited their work.  We also had some delightful reactions from those who discovered they had been referenced in Wikipedia.

We also took the opportunity to share and discuss our new Open Access guide: How Open Is It?  Some of the most rewarding conversations were with readers who discovered that all of our articles could be read anywhere, anytime, and that the contents could be freely re-used for research and education.

We had some fantastic discussions with many who are well acquainted with PLOS and its mission.  Members of the PLOS Genetics Editorial board took advantage of our booth as a meeting point to talk to each other and to authors.  We also met some very devoted authors and reviewers, as well as PLOS ONE Editors.  We talked about the future of scientific publishing and open access, and we heard feedback from users on their experiences with PLOS.  If any of you are reading this now, rest assured your feedback has been passed on to the relevant parties.

In December you will be able to find us at the Annual meetings for the American Geophysical Union, and the American Society for Cell Biology.  Hope to see you there!