PLoS Biology is a peer-reviewed scientific journal covering all aspects of biology. It was established in 2003, with the first issue published in October of that year. It was the first journal of the Public Library of Science. As of May 2012, the current editor-in-chief is Jonathan Eisen (University of California, Davis).
All content in PLoS Biology is published under the Creative Commons “by-attribution” license. The journal is funded by authors who are charged set fees to publish their articles. Due to their free licensing, files from PLoS Biology can be reused in places other than the original article, for example, to illustrate Wikipedia articles.
PLoS Biology publishes research articles and also publishes online e-letters in which readers provide comments on articles. It features works of exceptional significance, originality, and relevance in all areas of biological science, from molecules to ecosystems, including works at the interface of other disciplines, such as chemistry, medicine, and mathematics. Our audience is the international scientific community as well as educators, policy makers, patient advocacy groups, and interested members of the public around the world.
Besides original research articles, the journal also publishes various magazine articles, including Synopses, Community Pages, Unsolved Mysteries, Primers, Essays, News Features, Perspectives, Historical and Philosophical Perspectives, and Book Reviews.
According to the Journal Citation Reports, PLoS Biology was ranked 1st in biology journals in 2009.
Image Caption: Cover of Vol. 7(4) April 2009 PLoS Biology Issue. Credit: PLoS/Wikipedia