P Lo S Oaspa Webinar Oct 09

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Presentation by panelist Mark Patterson, Public Library of Science, for OASPA hosted webinar: A Q &A with five publishers working with Open Access on 20 October 2009. www.oaspa

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P Lo S Oaspa Webinar Oct 09

  1. 1. Committed to making the world’s scientific and medical literature a public resource Mark Patterson, Director of Publishing OASPA Webinar: Oct 20, 2009
  2. 2. Outline • PLoS background • Open-Access publishing at PLoS • Future perspectives
  3. 3. PLoS Founded October, 2000 Harold Varmus PLoS Co-founder and Chairman of the Board President and CEO of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Patrick O. Brown PLoS Co-founder and Board Member Howard Hughes Medical Institute & Stanford University School of Medicine Michael B. Eisen PLoS Co-founder and Board Member Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory & University of California at Berkeley
  4. 4. PLoS in 2009 • Largest non-profit, open-access publisher • Based in San Francisco and Cambridge, UK (~80 staff) • Publish seven journals • Use publication fee business model
  5. 5. PLoS Biology PLoS Medicine October, 2003 October, 2004 • Professional editors • Highly selective • $2900 publication fee
  6. 6. PLoS Community Journals June-September, 2005 October, 2007 • Community-run, by leading researchers • Focus on specific topic • Scalable financial model ($2250 publication fee)
  7. 7. PLoS ONE December, 2006 • Peer review judges scientific rigour – peer reviewers do not ask how important the work is • Assessment after publication – article-level metrics • Inclusive scope – all science and medicine • Cost-effective – $1350 publication fee covers all costs
  8. 8. PLoS Progress Report, June 2009
  9. 9. PLoS Progress Report, June 2009
  10. 10. Innovation at PLoS • Open source publishing platform – addition of web2.0 features • Article-level metrics – improved research assessment • New publication channels – PLoS Currents Influenza (www.ploscurrents.org)
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  13. 13. Challenges and opportunities for OA publishing • Build on success of publication fee model – Funders and Institutions are getting involved • Most OA journals are new – face the challenges of any new journal • Transition from subscription-based publishing to OA – more success stories needed • New approaches for scholarly communication – PLoS ONE, PLoS Currents

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