PLOS Biology

PLOS Biology is a monthly Peer reviewed scientific journal covering all aspects of biology. Publication began on October 13, 2003. It was the first journal of the Public Library of Science. The editor-in-chief is Emma Ganley.

PLOS Biology
Edited byEmma Ganley
Publication details
LicenseCreative Commons Attribution License
8.386 (2018)
Standard abbreviations
ISSN1544-9173 (print)
1545-7885 (web)
OCLC no.1039259630

In addition to research articles, the journal publishes magazine content aimed to be accessible to a broad audience. Article types in this section are: Essays, Unsolved Mysteries, Editorials, and Synopses.[1][2]

Abstracting and indexing

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2017 impact factor of 9.163.[10] The journal does not list this impact factor on its website.[11] Instead, the journal promotes the use of article level metrics to provide a measure of the impact of their published articles.


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  11. Taylor, Mike (21 February 2012). "It's Not Academic: How Publishers Are Squelching Science Communication". The Crux. Discover. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
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