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In 2009, we introduced PLOS Currents as an experimental platform for speedy verbal exchange of non-standard publications. A couple of communities embraced the experiment enthusiastically from the beginning, and the contributions of researchers who volunteered as editors and reviewers was once improbable. Over the years, we have now observed vital packages, as an example, in small communities participating on uncommon illnesses analysis in PLOS Currents Huntington Disease, and in speedy verbal exchange of initial leads to the context of illness outbreaks in PLOS Currents Outbreaks. In specific, there was once a surge of submissions all over the 2014 Ebola outbreak and the 2015-2016 Zika virus outbreak.
However, in recent times the generation supporting this platform has elderly impulsively, the consumer revel in has been subpar, and submissions have considerably lowered. We have undertaken a radical assessment to grasp those considerations, and to judge whether or not PLOS Currents was once nonetheless assembly our authentic goals – and the wishes of its communities. Our conclusion: it does now not. Much has modified within the years since Currents’ release and we predict there at the moment are higher tactics of serving the unique goals. We have subsequently made the tough announcement to stop its newsletter.
From as of late, PLOS Currents will not settle for new submissions. Authors who lately have a submission underneath assessment had been contacted with main points on their choices going ahead. All PLOS Currents content material will stay to be had, citable, listed in PubMed and completely archived at the PLOS Currents website online and publicly archived in PubMed Central.
In assessing how PLOS Currents measured towards its authentic imaginative and prescient we realized 3 primary courses and a brand new trail ahead:
Despite the versatility of the structure and invites to post wide-ranging analysis (e.g., adverse effects, unmarried experiments, analysis in growth, protocols, datasets, and so on.), nearly all of submissions to PLOS Currents have been conventional analysis articles
The platform which underlies PLOS Currents has now not developed as impulsively with the wishes of the group it was once intended to serve.
A commonplace thread has been the will to post impulsively, which was once in particular obtrusive on the subject of PLOS Currents Disasters and PLOS Currents Outbreaks. However, since PLOS Currents was once introduced new publishing gear have emerged that may facilitate the speedy sharing of labor.
We have partnered with like-minded organizations to offer extra tailored and specialised answers. Today we provide the choice for speedy dissemination throughout all of our journals thru our fresh partnership with the preprint server bioRxiv. We have additionally spouse with different platforms specializing in particular content material sorts similar to protocols.io, an open get right of entry to repository for laboratory protocols, with custom designed options for protocols newsletter, execution, adaptation, and dialogue. Through a chain of most popular repositories that host specialist dataset and our shut collaboration with Dryad and figshare, PLOS champions the sharing of information units in line with the FAIR ideas.
We proceed to hunt partnerships to facilitate the dissemination of analysis outputs that don’t agree to the standard analysis article mildew. Meanwhile, PLOS ONE has bolstered its dedication to proceed to post adverse effects and replication and affirmation research.
To deliver in combination these kind of options, we have now constructed PLOS Channels, which combine content material from all PLOS titles, the broader literature, preprint servers, blogs, and the opposite content material platforms sorts described above. Channel Editors curate this content material to create a highly-valuable group useful resource, evolved and maintained by means of communities for communities. By extending past a unmarried identify or platform for authentic content material, we imagine that Channels are smartly fitted to construct at the preliminary goals of PLOS Currents.
For instance, closing yr, we introduced a Disease Forecasting & Surveillance Channel to which one of the most Editors of PLOS Currents Outbreaks and a member of our Currents assessment board already give a contribution. In May, because the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo worsened, we impulsively introduced an Ebola Channel to serve responders. When the WHO introduced the tip of the outbreak, we paused task at the Channel however stand able to turn on it, or every other channel, as researchers and clinicians mobilize to struggle outbreaks as they happen. These are handiest two examples of the prospective we see for Channels to enhance particular communities.
The preliminary goals of PLOS Currents stay vibrantly alive at PLOS and we’re tremendously thankful to the entire PLOS Currents Editors and Reviewers, previous and provide, who’ve made this experiment imaginable. We will proceed to paintings with those communities to seek out new tactics to facilitate verbal exchange of analysis that are compatible their particular wishes.
Source: PLOS Update