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Featured Open Educational Resource: PLOS (Public Library of Science)

PLOSlogoSometimes it’s difficult to locate high quality materials that can be shared and adapted. Since 2001, PLOS (Public Library of Science) has been on a mission to solve this problem. Today, PLOS has published over 140,000 peer reviewed articles. Each month, PLOS receives 11.6 million views and 1.9 million downloads. From the PLOS website:

All PLOS content is free to access, distribute, reuse and remix. PLOS publishes a suite of influential journals across all areas of science and medicine. Articles—from authors early in their careers to Nobel laureates—are rigorously reported, peer-reviewed and 100% Open Access—immediately available, free of restrictions—promoting the widest readership and impact.

Head on over to PLOS to discover their rich array of resources and their innovative platform. Read more about PLOS here and in the following articles:

Copenhaver, G. P., & Barsh, G. S. (2015, October 5). A Decad(e) of reasons to contribute to a PLOS community-run journal. PLoS Genetics. pp. 1-6. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1005557.

Pontika, N. (2015). Why principal investigators funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health publish in the Public Library of Science Journals. Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, 20(1).

Renfro, P. (2011). Open access within reach: An agenda for action. Journal of Library Administration, 51(5/6), 464-475. doi:10.1080/01930826.2011.589351