Friday, December 7, 2007

PLoS ONE: A Post-Publication-Peer-Reviewed-Open-Access-E-Journal



WHEN? December 2006

WHY? "PLoS ONE is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal." It "features reports of primary research from all disciplines within science and medicine. By not excluding papers on the basis of subject area, PLoS ONE facilitates the discovery of the connections between papers whether within or between disciplines."

HOW? "Each submission will be assessed by a member of the PLoS ONE Editorial Board before publication. This pre-publication peer review will concentrate on technical rather than subjective concerns and may involve discussion with other members of the Editorial Board and/or the solicitation of formal reports from independent referees. If published, papers will be made available for community-based open peer review involving online annotation, discussion, and rating" ( The open-source software called TOPAZ ( is used to create the advanced Web functionality; the core of TOPAZ is Fedora, the (Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture) ( ). "Fedora is an Open Source content management application that supports the creation and management of digital objects" ( ).

"PLoS ONE will publish all papers that are judged to be rigorous and technically sound. Papers published in PLoS ONE will be available for commenting and debate by the readers, making every paper the start of a scientific conversation." "Judgments about the importance of any particular paper are then made after publication" (

"The Public Library of Science (PLoS) applies the Creative Commons Attribution License (CCAL) to all works … it publish[es]. Under the CCAL, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article[s], but authors allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy articles in PLoS journals, so long as the original authors and source are cited. No permission is required from the authors or the publishers" (

PLoS ONE is currently a beta release.

WHO? PLoS ONE is published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS), in partnership with an international advisory board and an extensive editorial board ( PLoS is "nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource" (

CITES: "PLoS One," PLoS E-Newsletter for Institutional Members, November 14, 2006. Available at: (accessed 27 October 2007).

Catriona J. MacCallum, "ONE for All: The Next Step for PLoS," PLoS Biology 4 no. 11 (November 2006): 1875. Available at: (accessed 27 October 2007).

Saturday, December 1, 2007

2collab Video (Beta)

A Brief Look at the Beta Version of 2collab (October 2007)

Michiel van der Heyden, Senior Product Manager at ScienceDirect, introduces 2collab and demonstrates how it works. 2collab is Elsevier’s new free collaborative research tool that enables researchers to share bookmarks, references or any linked materials with their peers and colleagues.





2collab Formally Launched

Amsterdam – November 27, 2007 –Elsevier, the world's leading publisher of science, technology and medical (STM) information, today announced the official launch of 2collab, a free online platform for scientific collaboration.

2collab is a free Web application that provides researchers with a platform to share resources with networks of peers and specialists, creating an online community that facilitates information discovery, evaluation and debate.


This official launch follows a successful beta testing period and incorporates feedback gained from researchers based at Elsevier’s Development Partners, which include a range of premier academic, government and corporate institutions worldwide.

2collab provides the platform and tools needed for researchers to connect with their peers, enhancing the way they work together and offering an open and accessible space that will foster collaboration,” said Jay Katzen, Managing Director, Academic and Government Products, Elsevier.

2collab allows researchers to add, share and rate bookmarks, tag resources, and to add comments and create topical groups. Each user is encouraged to create a personal profile, which everyone can view to ensure the authenticity of fellow users. This creates an accessible environment where specialists can work together on evaluating new research, discussing current controversies and opportunities as well as providing a place for first-time authors to promote their research.

Elsevier’s focus on developing Research 2.0 tools demonstrates its continuous efforts in delivering innovations that allow researchers to increase their productivity and effectiveness. The company’s mission and commitment to the scientific community is to deliver high-quality solutions and to invest in furthering the development of the global science and medical information communities.