PLoS ONE is an open access peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS) since 2006. It covers primary research from any discipline within science and medicine. All submissions go through an internal and external pre-publication peer review but are not excluded on the basis of lack of perceived importance or adherence to a scientific field. The PLoS ONE online platform has post-publication user discussion and rating features. PLoS ONE was launched in December 2006 as a beta version. It launched with Commenting and Note making functionality, and added the ability to rate articles in July 2007. In September 2007 the ability to leave "trackbacks" on articles was added. In August 2008 it moved from a weekly publication schedule to a daily one, publishing articles as soon as they became ready. In October 2008 PLoS ONE came out of "beta". Also in September 2009, as part of its "Article-Level Metrics" program, PLoS ONE made the full online usage data for every published article (HTML page views, PDF, and XML downloads) publicly available. In 2006, the journal published 138 articles; in 2007, it published just over 1,200 articles; and in 2008, it
Cleaning up bunker oil with white rot fungi
Researchers evaluated the potential capabilities of six white rot fungi to break down oil in contaminated canal waters.
9,000-year-old case of ritualistic beheading may be oldest in the Americas
From 19th-century tales about tribes hunting for "trophy heads" to Hollywood films such as Mel Gibson's Apocolypto, the Amazon rain forest has long inspired gruesome stories about ritualistic killing. However, the portrayal ...
Researchers find mass killings, school shootings are contagious
Mass killings and school shootings in the U.S. appear to be contagious, according to a team of scientists from Arizona State University and Northeastern Illinois University.
Study on pesticides in lab rat feed causes a stir
French scientists published evidence Thursday of pesticide contamination of lab rat feed which they said discredited historic toxicity studies, though commentators questioned the analysis.
New study shows South Africans using milk-based paint 49,000 years ago
An international research team led by the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa has discovered a milk-and ochre-based paint dating to 49,000 years ago that inhabitants ...
Frogs face virus risk in garden ponds
Researchers from the University of Exeter found that the severity of ranavirosis, a devastating disease that kills thousands of frogs each year, increases in the presence of exotic fish. The use of garden chemicals was also ...
First evidence of farming in Mideast
Until now, researchers believed farming was "invented" some 12,000 years ago in the Cradle of Civilization—Iraq, the Levant, parts of Turkey and Iran—an area that was home to some of the earliest known human civilizations. ...
SA's archaeological wonder-sites reveal more of the origins of our unity and diversity
Two of South Africa's most famous archaeological sites, Sibudu and Blombos, have revealed that Middle Stone Age groups who lived in these different areas, more than 1 000 kilometres apart, used similar types of stone tools ...
Animal without synapses feeds by external digestion using global, local cellular control
A multicellular marine animal without organs, Trichoplax's feeding behavior may include cellular coordination, resulting in external food digestion, according to a study published September 2, 2015 in the open-access journal ...
Earliest baboon found at Malapa
A team from Wits University's Evolutionary Studies Institute has discovered a fossil monkey specimen representing the earliest baboon ever found.