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Public Library of Science launches “author pays” model

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 28 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:996
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    The Public Library of Science (PLoS) last week launched PLoS Medicine, an open access journal that will charge authors rather than readers.

    PLoS Medicine will be published monthly, primarily as an internet journal (, although print copies will be available at cost price.

    It is the second journal from PLoS to challenge the traditional, subscription funded basis of most medical and science journals, including the BMJ and Lancet. The first, PLoS Biology, was launched last year.

    The new journal finances itself by charging authors $1500 per paper published—a fee authors will be expected to budget for in their initial research applications to funding bodies.

    Dr Ian Gibson, chairman …

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