A Publishing Milestone to Celebrate: 200,000 PLOS Research Articles and Counting


San Francisco, CA, September 27, 2017 –  In 2003, PLOS published its first research article and this month we’re proud to announce that we have now published more than 200,000 research articles across our seven Open Access journals. It has been an amazing journey to reach this milestone.

“In only 14 years of existence, PLOS has helped catalyze the rapid growth of the Open Access literature. The 200,000th article is a remarkable milestone for PLOS and for the scientific community that has supported the Open Access movement.”-Veronique Kiermer, PLOS Executive Editor

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank those who have helped rapidly create this large corpus of diverse, Open Access research:

  • Nearly 1,000,000 authors who trusted PLOS to maximize the accessibility and readership of their research
  • More than 7,000 editorial board members and 70,000+ volunteer peer reviewers each year for their contribution to making PLOS journals’ content strong
  • Thousands of journalists who report on trusted PLOS content
  • Online readers of our organization’s website, who have made org one of the 50 most-visited science websites, creating a global audience for PLOS journal content
  • Funders and institutions all over the world who supported publication of this rich body of research under a model that provides unrestricted access to all

PLOS was incorporated in 2001 as an Open Access advocacy organization and became a publisher to prove the value of Open Access, beginning with PLOS Biology in 2003 and PLOS Medicine in 2004 as open alternatives to prestigious subscription journals. In 2005, PLOS launched PLOS GeneticsPLOS Pathogens, and PLOS Computational Biology as proof of concept to show that research communities built around and across specific areas and disciplines could thrive with an Open Access model. In late December 2006, PLOS ONE spearheaded the innovative editorial approach focused on evaluation of research independent of perceived impact; this editorial approach has now been adopted by journals from nearly every scientific publisher. Since its founding, PLOS ONE has published more than 175,000 research articles based on three compelling features: advancing quality science for everyone, moving publication forward in all scientific disciplines, and favoring speed to publication over subjective assessment of significance.

In 2007, with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PLOS launched a fourth community journal, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). Together with the journal’s leadership and global community, we now proudly celebrate the 10th Anniversary of PLOS NTDs and the more than 4,500 research articles that contribute to advances in the field.

Open Access continues to gain momentum but there is further work to be done. At PLOS, we are constantly looking for ways to use emerging technology and new ideas to open up scientific communication—to make it faster, more efficient, more connected and more useful. We look forward to the next 200,000 articles and continued involvement with the scientific community. 

About PLOS (www.plos.org)


Openness Inspires Innovation. It's the way we think science and publishing should be.  PLOS was founded in 2001 as a nonprofit Open Access publisher, innovator and advocacy organization with a mission to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. Our efforts and successes have inspired others – from individual researchers to the larger publishing industry – to move toward a more open ethos.  PLOS believes that scientific ideas and discoveries are a public good. Their benefit will only be fully realized when scientists have effective means to rapidly communicate ideas, results and discoveries to each other and to the broader public.