PLoS Journal Exemplifies Moral Science

The exclusively online journal, entitled PLoS for Public Library of Science, stands atop such prestigious journals as Nature with regards to moral standards. The following information on the research community can be sourced to lectures by Dr. Borgon, researcher and biological methods teacher at UCF, and the cited PLoS website. A sort of schism has occurred between major research journals. This split is best understood, however if the reasons behind it are outlined first. Within the research community, researchers have become fed up with having to pay to see peer research from journals, like Nature, that charge a hefty fee. The argument is that if the government funds the research, then journals should not be allowed to charge money for it because the research belongs to the taxpayer. Moreover, many researchers believe that the major journals charge much too high a cost to publish their research, as these cost can exceed thousands of dollars per paper. Finally, researchers find it difficult to publish unless they make a find that is a groundbreaking, positive result.

PLoS, in an attempt to oblige these researchers, is different from other journals in three significant respect. The first is that they are open-access, meaning that everyone has access to the journals which they have published. Second, PLoS charges a minimal publishing fee. And, lastly, this journal vows to publish anything that adheres to the scientific method. Each of these qualities promotes an optimal, honest scientific community. They represent the most noble delivery system for the scientific journal.


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