Public Library of Science (PLOS)

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These sources consist of legitimate science or are evidence based through the use of credible scientific sourcing.  Legitimate science follows the scientific method, is unbiased and does not use emotional words.  These sources also respect the consensus of experts in the given scientific field and strive to publish peer reviewed science. Some sources in this category may have a slight political bias, but adhere to scientific principles. See all Pro-Science sources.

Factual Reporting: HIGH

Notes: PLOS (for Public Library of Science) is a nonprofit open access science, technology and medicine publisher, innovator and advocacy organization with a library of open access journals and other scientific literature under an open content license. It launched its first journal, PLOS Biology, in October 2003 and publishes seven journals.

In review, PLOS is an open access library of science journal articles. Open Access Journals typically charge the author a fee to publish their work after a peer review. However, there has been much controversy surrounding this method of publishing as many journals do not actually peer review. This is called a Predatory Journal or Publisher. In other words, though it may look like a rigorous peer reviewed scientific study, it is NOT. I mention this because when you Google “open access journals” you will see a lot of links for Predatory Journals. PLOS is NOT a Predatory publisher and is credible. All of their articles are actually peer reviewed much like PubMed. To see a complete list of alleged Predatory Publishers check out Beall’s List. Overall, this is an a good resource for credible peer reviewed scientific information. (D. Van Zandt 12/04/2017)



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