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In 2009, we launched PLOS Currents as an experimental platform for speedy communication of non-standard publications. Just a few communities embraced the experiment enthusiastically from the beginning, and the contributions of researchers who volunteered as editors and reviewers was unbelievable. Over the years, we now have seen essential functions, for instance, in small communities collaborating on uncommon ailments analysis in PLOS Currents Huntington Disease, and in speedy communication of preliminary leads to the context of illness outbreaks in PLOS Currents Outbreaks. In explicit, there was a surge of submissions through the 2014 Ebola outbreak and the 2015-2016 Zika virus outbreak.
However, in recent times the know-how supporting this platform has aged quickly, the consumer expertise has been subpar, and submissions have considerably decreased. We have undertaken an intensive evaluation to know these considerations, and to guage whether or not PLOS Currents was nonetheless assembly our unique goals – and the wants of its communities. Our conclusion: it doesn’t. Much has modified within the years since Currents’ launch and we predict there at the moment are higher methods of serving the unique goals. We have due to this fact made the tough announcement to stop its publication.
From right this moment, PLOS Currents will now not settle for new submissions. Authors who at the moment have a submission underneath evaluation have been contacted with particulars on their choices going ahead. All PLOS Currents content material will stay accessible, citable, listed in PubMed and completely archived on the PLOS Currents web site and publicly archived in PubMed Central.
In assessing how PLOS Currents measured towards its unique imaginative and prescient we realized three main classes and a brand new path ahead:
Despite the flexibleness of the format and invites to submit wide-ranging analysis (e.g., detrimental outcomes, single experiments, analysis in progress, protocols, datasets, and so forth.), nearly all of submissions to PLOS Currents had been conventional analysis articles
The platform which underlies PLOS Currents has not developed as quickly with the wants of the neighborhood it was meant to serve.
A standard thread has been the will to publish quickly, which was significantly apparent within the case of PLOS Currents Disasters and PLOS Currents Outbreaks. However, since PLOS Currents was launched new publishing instruments have emerged that may facilitate the speedy sharing of labor.
We have partnered with like-minded organizations to offer extra tailored and specialised options. Today we provide the choice for speedy dissemination throughout all of our journals by means of our current partnership with the preprint server bioRxiv. We have additionally accomplice with different platforms focusing on particular content material varieties akin to protocols.io, an open entry repository for laboratory protocols, with custom-made options for protocols publication, execution, adaptation, and dialogue. Through a collection of most well-liked repositories that host specialist dataset and our shut collaboration with Dryad and figshare, PLOS champions the sharing of knowledge units based on the FAIR rules.
We proceed to hunt partnerships to facilitate the dissemination of analysis outputs that don’t conform to the standard analysis article mildew. Meanwhile, PLOS ONE has strengthened its dedication to proceed to publish detrimental outcomes and replication and affirmation research.
To convey collectively all these options, we now have constructed PLOS Channels, which combine content material from all PLOS titles, the broader literature, preprint servers, blogs, and the opposite content material platforms varieties described above. Channel Editors curate this content material to create a highly-valuable neighborhood useful resource, developed and maintained by communities for communities. By extending past a single title or platform for unique content material, we imagine that Channels are properly suited to construct on the preliminary targets of PLOS Currents.
For instance, final 12 months, we launched a Disease Forecasting & Surveillance Channel to which one of many Editors of PLOS Currents Outbreaks and a member of our Currents evaluation board already contribute. In May, because the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo worsened, we quickly launched an Ebola Channel to serve responders. When the WHO introduced the top of the outbreak, we paused exercise on the Channel however stand able to activate it, or one other channel, as researchers and clinicians mobilize to struggle outbreaks as they happen. These are solely two examples of the potential we see for Channels to assist particular communities.
The preliminary targets of PLOS Currents stay vibrantly alive at PLOS and we’re enormously grateful to all of the PLOS Currents Editors and Reviewers, previous and current, who’ve made this experiment potential. We will proceed to work with these communities to search out new methods to facilitate communication of analysis that match their particular wants.
Source: PLOS Update