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Last Updated on October 31, 2023

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Note: The impact score or impact index shown here is equivalent to the average number of times documents published in a journal/conference in the past two years have been cited in the current year (i.e., Cites / Doc. (2 years)). It is based on Scopus data and can be a little higher or different compared to the impact factor (IF) produced by Journal Citation Report. Please refer to the Web of Science data source to check the exact journal impact factor ™ (Thomson Reuters) metric.

Important Metrics and Factor

Title PLoS ONE
Abbreviation PLoS ONE
Publication Type Journal
Subject Area, Categories, Scope Multidisciplinary (Q1)
h-index 404
Overall Rank/Ranking 5108
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 0.885
Impact Score 3.75
Publisher Public Library of Science
Country United States
ISSN 19326203
Best Quartile Q1
Coverage History 2006-2022
Official Website Visit Website
Wikipedia Page Visit Wikipedia

Aim and Scope

PLoS ONE features reports of original research from all disciplines within science and medicine. By not excluding papers on the basis of subject area, PLoS ONE facilitates the discovery of the connections between papers whether within or between disciplines.

PLOS ONE is a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open access journal that invites original research submissions from various fields of study. The journal accepts a wide range of article types that contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge.

Primary Research Articles

PLOS ONE welcomes original primary research submissions from the natural sciences, medical research, engineering, and related social sciences and humanities. The journal encourages interdisciplinary studies, replication studies, and the publication of negative or null results.

Systematic Reviews

The journal also accepts systematic reviews that utilize methods that ensure comprehensive and unbiased sampling of existing literature. Such reviews must adhere to the PRISMA guidelines and present well-reasoned conclusions that are supported by the evidence presented.

Methods and Tools Articles

PLOS ONE accepts submissions that describe software, methods, databases, or other tools that meet the journal's criteria for utility, validation, and availability. Such articles must be concise and should provide details on the availability and accessibility of the methods or tools described.

Qualitative Research Articles

The journal also accepts qualitative research articles that adhere to appropriate study design and reporting guidelines. Such articles must present well-supported and clearly described research questions and conclusions.


PLOS ONE accepts submissions of protocols that describe verified methodologies and detailed plans for research projects. The journal encourages the submission of Lab Protocols that describe methodologies and Study Protocols that describe detailed research plans. Such protocols must adhere to appropriate reporting guidelines and be well-written and easy to understand.

About PLoS ONE

PLoS ONE is a journal covering the technologies/fields/categories related to Multidisciplinary (Q1). It is published by Public Library of Science. The overall rank of PLoS ONE is 5108. According to SCImago Journal Rank (SJR), this journal is ranked 0.885. SCImago Journal Rank is an indicator, which measures the scientific influence of journals. It considers the number of citations received by a journal and the importance of the journals from where these citations come. SJR acts as an alternative to the Journal Impact Factor (or an average number of citations received in last 2 years). This journal has an h-index of 404. The best quartile for this journal is Q1.

The ISSN of PLoS ONE journal is 19326203. An International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) is a unique code of 8 digits. It is used for the recognition of journals, newspapers, periodicals, and magazines in all kind of forms, be it print-media or electronic. PLoS ONE is cited by a total of 184362 articles during the last 3 years (Preceding 2022).

PLoS ONE Impact IF 2022-2023

The Impact IF 2022 of PLoS ONE is 3.75, which is computed in 2023 as per its definition. PLoS ONE IF is increased by a factor of 0.19 and approximate percentage change is 5.34% when compared to preceding year 2021, which shows a rising trend. The impact IF, also denoted as Journal impact score (JIS), of an academic journal is a measure of the yearly average number of citations to recent articles published in that journal. It is based on Scopus data.

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PLoS ONE Impact IF 2023 Prediction

Impact IF 2022 of PLoS ONE is 3.75. If the same upward trend persists, Impact IF may rise in 2023 as well.

Impact IF Trend

Year wise Impact IF of PLoS ONE. Based on Scopus data.

Year Impact IF
2023/2024 Coming Soon
2022 3.75
2021 3.56
2020 3.01
2019 2.90
2018 2.92
2017 3.01
2016 3.10
2015 3.51
2014 3.71

PLoS ONE h-index

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PLoS ONE has an h-index of 404. It means 404 articles of this journal have more than 404 number of citations. The h-index is a way of measuring the productivity and citation impact of the publications. The h-index is defined as the maximum value of h such that the given journal/author has published h papers that have each been cited at least h number of times.


The ISSN of PLoS ONE is 19326203. ISSN stands for International Standard Serial Number.

An ISSN is a unique code of 8 digits. It is used for the recognition of journals, newspapers, periodicals, and magazines in all kind of forms, be it print-media or electronic.

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PLoS ONE Rank and SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

The overall rank of PLoS ONE is 5108. According to SCImago Journal Rank (SJR), this journal is ranked 0.885. SCImago Journal Rank is an indicator, which measures the scientific influence of journals. It considers the number of citations received by a journal and the importance of the journals from where these citations come.

SJR of PLoS ONE by Year

Year SJR
2023/2024 Coming Soon
2022 0.885
2021 0.852
2020 0.990
2019 1.023
2018 1.100
2017 1.164
2016 1.236
2015 1.427
2014 1.559

Ranking of PLoS ONE by Year

Year Ranking
2023/2024 Coming Soon
2022 5108
2021 5222
2020 4433
2019 4186
2018 3774
2017 3496
2016 3201
2015 2613
2014 2156

PLoS ONE Publisher

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PLoS ONE is published by Public Library of Science. It's publishing house is located in United States. Coverage history of this journal is as following: 2006-2022. The organization or individual who handles the printing and distribution of printed or digital publications is known as Publisher.

Call For Papers

Visit the official website of the journal/conference to check the further details about the call for papers.

Publication Fees

PLOS employs several business models to support equitable Open Access. A full list of our publication fees, funding initiatives and fee assistance information is available here.


The IS0 4 standard abbreviation of PLoS ONE is PLoS ONE. This abbreviation ('PLoS ONE') is well recommended and approved for the purpose of indexing, abstraction, referencing and citing goals. It meets all the essential criteria of ISO 4 standard.

ISO 4 (International Organization for Standardization 4) is an international standard that defines a uniform and consistent system for abbreviating serial publication titles and journals.

How to publish in PLoS ONE

If your research field is/are related to Multidisciplinary (Q1), then please visit the official website of this journal.

Acceptance Rate

  Jan - Jun 19 Jul - Dec 19 Jan - Jun 20 Jul - Dec 20
Time to First Editorial Decision (Rejection or Peer Review) 13 13 12 16
Time to First Decision 43 47 44 47
Time to Final Decision (Rejection or Acceptance) 84 88.5 83 84
Time to Acceptance 157 141 144 149
Time to Publication 171 162 169 162
Time from Acceptance to Publication 9 9 13 11
Desk Rejections without peer review (%) 26.3% 22.3% 23.0% 22.8%
Acceptance Rate* 46.9% 43.1%    
All times are in days and are median numbers
*Acceptance rates are calculated from submission cohorts and are therefore only available with delay


The acceptance rate/percentage of any academic journal/conference depends upon many parameters. Some of the critical parameters are listed below.

  • The demand or interest of researchers/scientists in publishing in a specific Journal/Conference.
  • Peer review complexity and timeline.
  • The mix of unsolicited and invited submissions.
  • The time it takes from manuscript submission to final publication.
  • And Many More.

It is essential to understand that the acceptance rate/rejection rate of papers varies among journals. Some Journals considers all the manuscripts submissions as a basis of acceptance rate computation. On the other hand, few consider the only manuscripts sent for peer review or few even not bother about the accurate maintenance of total submissions. Hence, it can provide a rough estimation only.

The best way to find out the acceptance rate is to reach out to the associated editor or to check the official website of the Journal/Conference.

Why Researchers Should Consider PLOS ONE

Inclusive Publication Criteria and Scope

PLOS ONE offers a wide scope of inclusivity, accepting research across over 200 subject areas that cover science, engineering, medicine, social sciences, and humanities. The evaluation process of research is based on scientific validity, strong methodology, and high ethical standards. PLOS ONE welcomes multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research, replication studies, negative and null results, Registered Reports, and Protocols.

Fair and Robust Review Process

PLOS ONE is committed to a fair, fast, and thorough peer review process, meeting high ethical and methodological standards that align with editorial policies. The expert board of Academic Editors and staff work together to ensure the quality of published work. PLOS ONE offers the opportunity for reviewers to sign their reviews and authors to publish their Peer Review History to promote transparency, accountability, and credit.

Wide Reach

PLOS ONE offers immediate and wide exposure to research through the widest possible audience. PLOS ONE's dedicated media team partners with an extensive network of journalists to showcase noteworthy research. In 2022, PLOS ONE articles received over 100,000 media mentions globally, thereby allowing authors to broaden their reach both within and outside of their discipline.

Multi-Disciplinary Assessment

PLOS ONE offers a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to research, facilitating connections within and between disciplines. PLOS ONE welcomes over 20,000 new authors annually in over 200 research areas, promoting collaborations and shared knowledge.


PLOS ONE pioneered open access and is now leading the way with open science. PLOS ONE applies the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license to works published, ensuring that authors retain the copyright of their work and granting everyone, everywhere the right to read, share, and reuse articles, as long as the author and original source are properly cited. PLOS ONE prioritizes transparency throughout the peer review and publication process by offering various measures to enhance author attribution and identification. These measures include the use of the CRediT authorship taxonomy and ORCID iD, publicly posting protocols and data sets, facilitating preprint posting, and providing the option for Published Peer Review History.

Meaningful Metrics

PLOS ONE promotes the use of individualized article-level metrics to track the impact and reach of unique work with precision. Every article published by PLOS ONE provides viewership, downloads, media mentions, social sharing, and citations through Altmetric, enabling researchers to gain meaningful metrics.

Important Detail About PLOS

Information Details
Organization name PLOS (Public Library of Science)
Type of organization Non-profit publisher of open-access journals in science, technology, and medicine
Year founded 2000
First journal launched PLOS Biology (2003)
Number of academic journals published (as of 2022) 12
Indexed journals in Science Citation Index Expanded 7
Journals with impact factor 7
Inclusion in Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) Yes
Inclusion in Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association Yes
Membership in Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Yes
Founders Patrick O. Brown, and Michael Eisen
Launch funding sources Grants from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Sandler Family Supporting Foundation totaling US$13 million
Funding model Article processing charge (APC) paid by author, author's employer, or funder
Financial supporting organization (as of 2011) Healthcare Information For All by 2015 (HIFA2015)
Self-sustainability confirmation (as of July 2011) Yes, covering all operational costs
Headquarters Suite 225 in the Koshland East Building in Levi's Plaza, San Francisco
License for published journals Creative Commons "attribution" license
Stylization of organization name (as of 2012) PLOS (previously stylized as "PLoS")
Policy announcement for addressing neo-colonial research In 2021, announced a policy requiring changes in reporting for researchers working in other countries to address neo-colonial parachute research practices.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What's the latest impact IF of the PLoS ONE?

PLoS ONE latest impact IF is 3.75. It's evaluated in the year 2022. The highest and the lowest impact IF or impact score of this journal are 3.75 (2022) and 2.90 (2019), respectively, in the last 9 years. Moreover, its average IS is 3.27 in the previous 9 years.

What's the SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) of the PLoS ONE?

The PLoS ONE has an SJR (SCImago Journal Rank) of 0.885, according to the latest data. It is computed in the year 2023. In the past 9 years, this journal has recorded a range of SJR, with the highest being 1.559 in 2014 and the lowest being 0.852 in 2021. Furthermore, the average SJR of the PLoS ONE over the previous 9-year period stands at 3.27.

What's the latest h-index of the PLoS ONE?

The latest h-index of the PLoS ONE is 404.

Who's the publisher of the PLoS ONE?

The PLoS ONE is published by the Public Library of Science, with its country of publication being the United States.

What's the current ranking of the PLoS ONE?

The PLoS ONE is currently ranked 5108 out of 27955 Journals, Conferences, and Book Series in the latest ranking. Over the course of the last 9 years, this journal has experienced varying rankings, reaching its highest position of 2156 in 2014 and its lowest position of 5222 in 2021.

What's the abbreviation or short name for the PLoS ONE?

The standard ISO4 abbreviation for the PLoS ONE is PLoS ONE.

Is the "PLoS ONE" classified as a Journal, Conference and Proceedings, Trade Journal or Book Series?

PLoS ONE is classified as a journal that the Public Library of Science publishes.

What's the scope or major areas of the PLoS ONE?

The PLoS ONE encompasses the following areas:

  • Multidisciplinary

For a more comprehensive understanding of its scope, check the official website of this journal.

What's the ISSN of the PLoS ONE?

The PLoS ONE is assigned the following International Standard Serial Numbers (ISSN): 19326203.

What's the best quartile of the PLoS ONE?

The best quartile for the PLoS ONE is Q1 (2022).

What's the coverage history of the PLoS ONE?

The PLoS ONE coverage history can be summarized as follows: 2006-2022.

Credits and Sources

Impact Score, h-Index, and Other Important Details of These Journals, Conferences, and Books

Journal/Conference/Workshop/Book Title Type Ranking Publisher h-index Impact Score
Zeitschrift fur Germanistische Linguistik journal 22945 De Gruyter Mouton 15 0.19
Journal of Business Finance and Accounting journal 3221 Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd 84 3.68
Journal of International Financial Management and Accounting journal 6179 Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd 42 6.09
Marine Biology Research journal 13573 Taylor and Francis Ltd. 42 1.06
Modern Language Journal journal 918 Wiley-Blackwell 103 3.89
Socialism and Democracy journal 26162 Taylor and Francis Ltd. 17 0.09
Built Environment journal 12797 Alexandrine Press 43 1.15
Epigenetics journal 2362 Landes Bioscience 105 4.11
Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies journal 9246 Routledge 32 1.46
Genes and Nutrition journal 6154 BioMed Central Ltd. 61 3.28

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Year wise Impact Score (IS) of PLoS ONE

Impact Score Table

Year Impact Score (IS)
2023/2024 Coming Soon
2022 3.75
2021 3.56
2020 3.01
2019 2.90
2018 2.92
2017 3.01
2016 3.10
2015 3.51
2014 3.71

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