We have made available through the Posters and Media page a couple of bits and pieces to promote PLoS ONE. Please download them and post them yourselves.
Firstly there is our very colourful call for papers flyer which would make a stylish addition to any wall:
Also there is a little banner for webpages or email signatures:
And here is the html code that will add it to wherever you wish to put it:
<a href=”http://www.plosone.org”><img src=”http://www.plos.org/images/pone_234x60.png” alt=”PLoS ONE – www.plosone.org” width=”234″ height=”60″ border=”0″></a>
Now don’t say I never give you anything!
Just curious, when do you expect to launch this journal. Also, many journals are now claiming first-reply times of less than a month…although that could not be farther from the truth.
What is the response-time for PLoS CB, Genetics, etc like and what will be the realistic response time for PLoS one?
I’m very sorry that I have taken so long to respond to this post. Pretty ironic given its subject!
The expected launch question is easy to answer. We will launch as soon as possible and before the end of the year. I can’t be any more specific than that right now as it is dependent on how long it takes to straighten out some kinks in the TOPAZ publishing platform.
As for response times that is a hard thing to really nail down. I can tell you that the average response time for PLoS Biology is about a week. The decision at that point is to reject without refereeing or to referee so authors may not feel that is only a provisional ‘decision time’.
With Genetics, Pathogens and Computational Biology the average time to first decision, if the paper is refereed, is around 33-35 days. I’ve calculated a similar number for PLoS ONE and it comes out at about 22 days but I’m not at all confident in that number. PLoS ONE is too young and the number of manuscripts in that sample too low to give it much accuracy.
The simple fact is that some manuscripts take longer to assess than others. Some take a matter of hours, some take a lot of indepth consideration, some need the advice of experts from several different fields which make for longer decision times. What this means is that the range of response times tends to be very large.
What I think I can safely say for all the PLoS journals is that we try very hard not to take longer than is needed to make a decision on each individual manuscript.