Topics and Biases
|Paleontological Topics in PLoS ONE, 2011|
The Big Picture
By my count, there were around 65 paleontology-related articles published in PLoS ONE last year (2011). This is up from 39 articles in 2010, and reflects a continuing increase since PLoS ONE was founded in 2006.
|Trends in Number of Paleontology Papers at PLoS ONE|
Many paleontologists clearly are warming up to the idea of PLoS ONE. It is tough to know what factors are behind this - whether it's availability of high-resolution color figures, cost-effective outlets for lengthy papers, frustration with "conventional" journals, the impact factor, broader acceptance of open access, or something else altogether. Other paleontology journals - and paleontological societies that publish their own journals - would be wise to see what they can do to match or improve upon the attractive points of PLoS ONE. As much as I love PLoS ONE, the last thing I want is a publishing monoculture. Unless others journals adapt, though, this may be the result.
|The oldest Eucalyptus in the world - from South America! Modified after Gandalfo et al., 2011|
[note: although I am a volunteer editor at the journal, this post reflects only my personal opinions]