We need a birthday and anniversary planner to help us keep up with our significant dates – yet another thing for our new SF office manager Colin Dixon to take charge of, although at ten years old (see photo) that would appear to be child labor. Some people will do anything to be the youngest member of PLoS.
We were so busy publishing our authors’ content that we almost overlooked PLoS Biology’s 4th birthday which was last Saturday October 13th. It took a post by our friends at scienceblogs.com to wake us up to the fact that it’s time to celebrate our 4th year. With an impact factor of 14.1, up from last year, and a superb Venter collection in March, there’s much to be proud of. Congratulations to all.
The experience of having our birthday reminder blogged by someone else, made us quickly realize that PLoS Medicine turns 3 on October 19th. When we started out the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) called us “the boldest new kids on the block”. Some of those CMAJ editors left to launch Open Medicine, who on our second birthday called us their “older sister”. Perhaps turning three will accord PLoS Medicine “Aunt” status although we remain kids at heart.
On December 20th PLoS ONE turns one and has already published 1000 papers and also PLoS itself turns five in the same month.
We have some serious partying to do, over to you Colin!