A new medical journal, PLoS Medicine, was launched today in San Francisco by the not-for-profit Public Library of Science. The goal of the magazine is to make peer-reviewed articles available to physicians and other researchers without the cost of hefty subscription fees.
The business model for PLos Medicine is instead to charge researchers or their funding organizations $1,500 to publish an article.
The Public Library of Science is a coalition of researchers and physicians founded in 2000 by Nobel Prize winner and former National Institutes of Health Director Harold Varmus, M.D., now president and chief executive officer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
"The traditional model of publishing biomedical research fails to take advantage of technological advances that make the scientific literature more useful for scientists, physicians, and the general public in both economically advanced and developing countries," said Varmus, in a news release announcing the launch. "Journals such as PLoS Medicine, available to everyone via the Internet, and public digital libraries provide healthcare personnel, their patients, and the citizens who have paid for much of the research with new findings from credible, peer-reviewed sources."
The Public Library of Science launched PLoS Biology in October 2003.
The focus of both magazines is to publish free, online editions to speed dissemination of information and cut costs, but both will be available in print editions.
For more information, see plos.org.