Frequently Asked Questions

What is a PLOS Hub?

A PLOS Hub is a window onto content in a specific field, and it will collect together open-access articles from many journals. A PLOS Hub allows a group of people who are interested in the same subject to share their opinions and knowledge and, ultimately, to build a dynamic, interactive community.

Open access is ideally suited to community building because everything published is available for anyone to download, print, and share, without restriction. Comments allow users to enhance the value of research findings, to provide novel insights, and to accelerate scientific progress.

What kind of subjects will be covered?

PLOS Hubs can be long-term, focusing on topics such as breast cancer or conservation, or transient, focusing on a specific project such as a major genome project or a new research challenge, such as the SARS epidemic. Regardless of the lifetime of PLOS Hub, the articles that appear there will be open-access and also available from the Web site of the journal in which they were originally published.

Why does the first PLOS Hub cover clinical trials?

Clinical trials research is a field in which the benefits of transparency are well documented, which is why PLOS is committed to publishing the results of all clinical trials regardless of outcome, and making this essential information freely and publicly available.

We can promote clinical trials research most effectively by bringing together relevant research from across PLOS journals. For authors of clinical trials articles published in PLOS ONE, this brings added benefits:

  • Faster turnaround times (acceptance to publication in as little as three weeks)
  • Lower publication fees
  • Interactive tools and functionality like Comments
  • Wider dissemination of their work, via the PLOS ONE Web site and eTOC alerts

What content can I see now in PLOS Hub for Clinical Trials?

PLOS Hub for Clinical Trials collects together articles from PLOS journals, including PLOS ONE, PLOS Medicine, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, PLOS Genetics, and PLOS Pathogens. One of the great benefits of open access is that content can be reused without restriction, so we also highlight relevant papers from other open access journals.

Can I submit a paper to PLOS Hub for Clinical Trials?

No—a PLOS Hub is not a journal. You should continue to submit your work to the PLOS journal that best suits your needs. If you submit your clinical trials paper to PLOS ONE it will automatically appear in PLOS Hub for Clinical Trials. If you submit your work to another PLOS journal a link to the paper will be provided on PLOS Hub homepage, and the article will be fully incorporated into PLOS Hub in the coming months.

Is PLOS Hub for Clinical Trials a work in progress?

Absolutely. We will be adding more PLOS content, as well as open-access content from other journals, and we will be launching more PLOS Hubs on different topics. We will also be adding new functionality to the site, and are launching PLOS Hubs in "beta" so that we can work with the community to help shape this and future PLOS Hubs.