PLOS Pathogens began operation in September 2005. It was the fifth journal of the Public Library of Science (PLOS), a non-profit open-access publisher. For a detailed timeline of PLOS publications see the PLOS history page. https://www.plos.org/history
PLOS Pathogens publishes primary research articles, Pearls, Research Matters, Reviews, Opinions and occasional Editorials.
PLOS Pathogens is indexed in PubMed, MEDLINE, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), EMBASE, EMBASE, SCOPUS, Zoological Record, and Web of Science.
PLOS’ business model requires in most cases that authors pay publication fees. PLOS provides individual and institutional fee support programs through its Global Participation Initiatives, Publication Fee Assistance and Institutional Fee Support.
PLOS Pathogens uses Article-Level Metrics (ALMs) to measure the influence of articles based on their individual merits rather than using the journal impact factor. A signpost in the upper right of every article provides summary metrics of citations, views, shares and bookmarks.
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