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PLoS ONE is new SPARC Innovator

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SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has named the Public Library of Science’s PLoS ONE as the latest SPARC Innovator. It describes PLoS ONE as ‘blazing a new trail in open-access journals, inspiring broader change in scholarly publishing, and thriving along the way.’

Launched in 2006 by the San Francisco- and Cambridge-based non-profit publisher, PLoS ONE is an interdisciplinary journal. It operates under a new model in which editors and reviewers do not assess the potential importance of the work submitted before publication. Instead, if the research is found solid, the author pays a flat fee and up it goes on the web.