PLoS: The Newest Initiative in the Scholarly Communication Movement

Public Library of Science (PLoS) publishes two open-access journals: PLoS Biology and PLoS Medicine. In their mission statement, PLoS commits their organization “… to making the world’s scientific and medical literature a public resource.” By publishing freely available peer-reviewed research in their two online journals, PLoS allows the full text of the newest scientific information to be searched by anyone with access to the Internet. PLoS is the newest initiative in the scholarly communication movement, which includes other organizations dedicated to changing the traditional publication model.

PLoS journals are free to the user, but authors whose peer-reviewed articles have been accepted pay a publication fee. OhioLINK, the statewide library consortium, is offering to reimburse half of this publication fee for researchers at member institutions. Tom Sanville, Executive Director of OhioLINK, stated “The OhioLINK community considers it essential that open access and other innovations in scholarly communication are given a chance to be evaluated and adopted if successful. By supporting PLoS, we can foster faculty publication through a potentially more cost effective means, while simultaneously maximizing access to their research.”

University Libraries participate in this program as an OhioLINK member institution. Faculty and students who have articles accepted by PLoS Biology or PLoS Medicine qualify for this reimbursement. For more information contact Robin Sinn at Ogg Science Library by phone at 419-372-9239 or by email at

Coleen Parmer, Chair, Collections and Technical Services and Head Librarian, Government Documents
Robin Sinn, Head Librarian, Science Library