So, you submitted your manuscript to PLOS ONE and the editor issued a revise decision. What happens next? When you submit your revised manuscript to the journal, it will undergo a series of checks to
In 2011, PLOS ONE launched a series of short instructional videos to help our authors, reviewers, and Academic Editors navigate Editorial Manager, our online submission system. We recently updated and expanded these video shorts to provide a resource for PLOS authors, … Continue reading
My paper was recently published in PLOS ONE, but I’ve noticed an error. Can it be corrected?
PLOS ONE corrects major errors found in published articles via the addition of a Formal Correction to the paper. Formal Corrections are reserved for errors that significantly affect the understanding or utility of the paper. In addition to being published on the PLOS ONE website, corrections are also indexed in PubMed Central and PubMed.
When a paper has been corrected, a correction notice will appear in a gray box at the top of the article page. A CrossMark logo now appears on every PLOS article page and in the downloadable PDF; clicking the logo on a corrected article’s page will bring up a status box showing that the paper has been corrected.
To see the full correction, click the “View correction” link in the gray box. This will direct you to a page with the full correction details, including any updated figures, tables, or supporting information, along with a PDF version of the correction notice available for download. An example of a correction notice on the original article is shown below.
Example of a Formal Correction notice (click to enlarge)
If you notice an error in your published paper, you should contact our corrections team at email@example.com. Please include the title and DOI of your paper; a description of the problem; and any corrected figures, tables, or supporting information files. PLOS staff will decide whether a Formal Correction is appropriate and will work with you to publish a correction as quickly as possible.
If there is an error in one of your figures, tables, or supporting information files, the corrected items will be included in the Formal Correction. An example of a Formal Correction is shown below.
As we head into winter and as the holiday festivities begin, we wanted to let our authors know in advance that they may experience a slight delay in the peer review process of their manuscript if they submit anytime between now and the end of the year. This is because many of our academic editors and external referees will be out of the office at some point during the holiday season.
Despite many people being on vacation, the work of the journal continues and so we will endeavor to ensure that all manuscripts submitted to PLOS ONE are evaluated as quickly as possible, but please accept our advance apologies for any delays you experience.
In the meantime, we encourage you to visit the following links for information and answers to some of our common questions. For anything not covered here, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond as quickly as possible.
- Publication Criteria:
- Author Guidelines:
- Reviewer Guidelines:
- Author FAQ:
- PLOS ONE Video Shorts:
- Figure and Table Guidelines:
- Submission Checklist for Authors:
- Article Level Metrics:
- Open Access Information:
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Happy holidays from the staff at PLOS ONE!
As we are well into the winter months, we wanted to take this opportunity to notify our authors that there may be a slight delay in the review of their manuscript if they submit anytime between now and the end of January. This is because many of our editorial board members and reviewers are away from the office for the holidays and/or travel. Please rest assured that we will do our utmost to process your manuscript in a timely manner, but be aware that historically we have experienced some delays during the winter holidays. We will endeavor to ensure that all manuscripts submitted to PLOS ONE are evaluated as quickly as possible, but please accept our apologies in advance if you experience any delays.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us via the PLOS ONE inbox (email@example.com) and, between our offices in the UK and the US, we will reply as quickly as possible. However, in the meantime, you may wish to visit some of the following pages, which may help to answer your question:
- Publication criteria:
- Author guidelines:
- Reviewer guidelines:
- Most Commonly Asked Questions FAQ:
- PLoS ONE Video Shorts – Brief Editorial Manager how-to videos:
- Figure and table guidelines:
- Author submission checklist:
- Information about article-level metrics:
- Information about Open Access:
If you’ve just created a manuscript in Editorial Manager and you’re reviewing it before submitting to the PLoS ONE office, or if you’re a reviewer or Academic Editor providing feedback on a paper, you may be asking yourself the above question.
You can access all supporting information at the end of a manuscript through the hyperlinks at the top of the page. It will look something like this:
Our submission system is designed to create these hyperlinks because most often, the kind of data in a supporting information file is quite large, making it far too cumbersome to embed directly into the pdf.
First off, the Manuscript Guidelines, Publication Criteria and Editorial Policies pages on PlosONE.org have been revamped to include much more information in a much more searchable format. Finding the answer to a pre-submission inquiry, peer review question or tech check notification should be significantly simpler now that the information is updated and easier to navigate.
Second, a reminder to use the PLoS ONE Video Shorts. These were created by Editorial Staff to assist authors, Academic Editors and reviewers in navigating Editorial Manager and responding to Editorial requests. These videos are all under 3 minutes long and can help answer a variety of questions from How to Check Your Manuscript Image Quality, to How to Submit your Decision to How to Accept or Decline an Invitation to Review a Manuscript and more.
Lastly, we encourage you to use the links above and others on this site and PlosONE.org for the fastest solution to most queries but if necessary, don’t hesitate to contact the Editorial Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions for manuscripts that are in production or have been published should be directed to the Production Staff at email@example.com.
If your paper had a formal correction, then this is not a mistake: your paper will be listed on PubMed twice.
In short: it’s because the formal correction counts as a different publication. On the PLoS ONE journal site, the correction of the error will be integrated into the original article and this correction will be announced via text in a red box at the top of the article page; however, in PubMed, the original article and the corrected are listed separately.
In more detail: if a published paper contains a major error, we issue a formal correction to fix that error, and the formal correction has its own DOI, or Date of Original Issue, from PLoS ONE. The formal correction then receives its own, separate entry in PubMed in order to link to the original document. The corrected entry will contain the word “correction” in its title, while the original will not. PubMed mandates that the original and the correction must both be entered in its database, as you can see here.
Please note that your corrected paper will show up only once in PMC (PubMed central), because the correction will be embedded in the PMC entry.
If you discover an error after publication and you feel that it’s important that your paper be listed only once in PubMed, you have two options. First, you can request that PLoS issue a minor correction, which will appear only on the manuscript page and not on PubMed; alternatively, you can request a republication, although this option is only available to you if you catch the error 48 hours or less after the date of publication in PLoS ONE. An important proviso: it’s ultimately up to the PLoS Publication department to decide what type of correction to issue, so please understand that while we will do our best to accommodate your requests, we’ll also need to keep journal policies and procedures in mind.
As you can see, the corrections process is a little on the complex side, even if you have a PhD like many members of the PLoS community do! Since PLoS ONE doesn’t have an author proofing step, let me put in a plug here to remind you to double-, triple-, and quadruple-check your paper before you approve it for publication.
Frequently, authors will email our editorial team to ask what they need to do after their paper has been accepted by PLoS ONE, especially if they want to verify their figure quality or fix some minor typos before publication. Here is the most common query that I come across:
Now that my paper has been accepted by PLoS ONE, what actions do I need to take going forwards, who should I contact if I have any questions, and how long until my paper will appear online?
Congratulations on your acceptance with PLoS ONE! Shortly after the Academic Editor sends the Accept decision letter through our Editorial Manager system, our production staff will initiate general quality checks. You do not need to take any action at this point. In fact, we would recommend holding off asking any questions regarding your paper until the ONE production team emails the corresponding author with further instructions on how to proceed. This letter to the corresponding author is usually sent within a week, and it will specifically address whether there are any problems with the manuscript’s formatting or figure files and what steps you need to take going forwards towards publication.
In rare cases, a paper will not need further formatting changes. If you do not receive a letter a week after acceptance, and you have minor edits such as correcting typos, please send an email to ONE_Production@plos.org.
Commonly, authors are concerned about their figure files because they receive Artwork Quality warnings or failure messages. Please realize that you do not need to pay any attention to these messages. In general, the main requirements are as follows:
- Should be a .tif or .eps file
- The resolution should be between 300 and 600 dpi/ppi
- The file size should be under 10 MB. Try LZW compression if your figure is larger than 10 MB.
- The figure should be saved in RGB color mode.
- The print size should be between 83 mm and 173 mm wide.
- Each figure should have clearly legible lines and text.
After you have read the email sent by our production team to the corresponding author of your paper thoroughly, please feel free to email any further questions or concerns to ONE_Production@plos.org. After acceptance, all inquiries should be sent to this address.
It is very important to note that PLoS ONE does not provide author proofs. When the production team sends their requests letter to the corresponding author, you should use the opportunity to make sure everything in the manuscript is ready to publish including that all legends for figures match the images. Again, this will be your last chance to see your files before publication.
On average, it takes about a month after a submission has been accepted through peer-review to be published online. However, please realize that this time-frame varies greatly for each paper and it heavily relies on an author’s timely response. To learn more about the timeline for your paper to be picked up by Pub Med Central and indexed by PubMed please read this post.
Again, congratulations on your acceptance, and remember to wait for our capable production team to send their requests letter before taking any action. They will let you know if there are any technical problems with your paper including issues with formatting or figure quality.