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PLOS (for Public Library of Science; PLoS until 2012[1]) is a nonprofit publisher of open-access journals in science, technology, and medicine and other scientific literature, under an open-content license. It was founded in 2000 and launched its first journal, PLOS Biology, in October 2003.

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Public Library of Science
PLOS logo since March 2020
2003 (public operations)
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationLevi's Plaza
San Francisco, California
Key peopleAlison Mudditt
Publication typesAcademic journals
Nonfiction topicsScience

As of 2022, PLOS publishes 12 academic journals,[2] including 7 journals indexed within the Science Citation Index Expanded, and consequently 7 journals ranked with an impact factor.

PLOS journals are included in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). PLOS is also a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), a participating publisher and supporter of the desbloqueo for Open Citations, and a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).