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When you choose to publish with PLOS, your research makes an impact. Make your work accessible to all, without restrictions, and accelerate scientific discovery with options like preprints and published peer review that make your work more Open.


Empowering a community publishing articles in all areas of Ecology, including conservation, ecosystem function, biodiversity, biogeochemistry, biological invasions, global change, sustainability, resource management, and much more.

PLOS is a leader in Ecology research
More than 9,477 articles
205,802 citations
Authors from 172 countries

At PLOS, we put researchers and research first.

Our expert editorial boards collaborate with reviewers to provide accurate assessment that readers can trust. Authors have a choice of journals, publishing outputs, and tools to open their science to new audiences and get credit. We collaborate to make science, and the process of publishing science, fair, equitable, and accessible for the whole community.

Your New Open Science Journals

PLOS Climate
PLOS Climate unites researchers and climate policy leaders across disciplines, industries and regions of the world to tackle the challenges of a changing climate at a global scale. To achieve this objective we will empower universal collaboration centered around research of the highest methodological and ethical standards and the values of Open Science.
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PLOS Water
PLOS Water brings together research into water sanitation and hygiene measures, as well as the sustainable consumption, management and supply of water as a vital resource for societies in every region of the world.
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PLOS Sustainability and Transformation
PLOS Sustainability and Transformation is a multidisciplinary forum for researchers to share leading research knowledge that drives critical progress in optimizing the use of renewable resources, transforming the global economy and achieving a sustainable future. We will work alongside researchers to unite a diverse community of research and policy experts to cross-fertilize knowledge and accelerate the communication of research.
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Paleoecology and Paleobiology of Extinct Species

Rigorously reported, peer reviewed and immediately Feature your paleoecology and paleobiology research in this PLOS ONE collection. We are looking to compile research that aims to reconstruct extinct species’ interactions with both the abiotic and biotic environment. Explore this collection and how to submit your research.

PLOS Biology
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PLOS Computational Biology
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Reproducibility is important for the future of science.

PLOS is Open so that everyone can read, share, and reuse the research we publish. Underlying our commitment to Open Science is our data availability policy which ensures every piece of your research is accessible and replicable. We also go beyond that, empowering authors to preregister their research, and publish protocols, negative and null results, and more.

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My career in science is largely driven by curiosity and a desire to learn and solve problems.
Sean M. Murphy
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America
Sustainable cropping systems
for the future

As global food demand grows and environmental pressures on agriculture intensify, there is an increasingly urgent need for food systems that are sustainable and resilient. PLOS ONE publishes a range of scientific research touching on all aspects of food systems, from analyses of agronomic efficiency to participatory policy development.

How can we increase adoption of open research practices?
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Researchers are satisfied with their ability to share their own research data but may struggle with accessing other researchers’ data. Therefore, to increase data sharing in a findable and accessible way, PLOS will focus on better integrating existing data repositories and promoting their benefits rather than creating new solutions.

International day of women and girls in science 2021

11 February, marks the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. To celebrate, we speak to some recent PLOS ONE authors about their research and their experiences as women in science. Our interviewees study very different aspects of agriculture and food security, but all their work contributes to the development of more efficient and sustainable food systems for the future.

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