PLOS Computational Biology

PLOS Computational Biology  
Discipline Computational biology
Language English
Edited by Ruth Nussinov
Publication details
Publication history
Public Library of Science (United States)
Frequency Monthly
License Creative Commons Attribution License
Standard abbreviations
PLOS Comput. Biol.
ISSN 1553-734X (print)
1553-7358 (web)
LCCN 2004216490
OCLC no. 57176662

PLOS Computational Biology is a peer-reviewed computational biology journal established in 2005 and published by the nonprofit Public Library of Science in association with the International Society for Computational Biology. The founding Editor in Chief was Philip Bourne, and the current Editor in Chief is Ruth Nussinov. Its impact factor (2017) has dropped below 4.0 for the first time.


It publishes both original research and review articles. All articles are open access and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License.[1]The journal is known beyond its core field for its Ten Simple Rules series[2] of articles that capture the essence of selected aspects of research in computational biology or in science more generally, e.g. how to present a poster,[3] how to collaborate,[4] or how to edit Wikipedia.[5]

In 2012, it launched the 'Topic Page' review format, which dual-publishes peer-reviewed articles both in the journal and into Wikipedia.[6][7] It was the first publication of its kind to publish in this way.[8]

Due to their free licensing, files from PLOS Computational Biology can be reused in places other than the journal's website, e.g. to illustrate Wikipedia articles.

See also


  1. "PLOS Computational Biology: A Peer-Reviewed Open-Access Journal". Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  2. PLoS Computational Biology: Ten Simple Rules—a PLoS Collection
  3. Erren, T. C.; Bourne, P. E. (2007). "Ten Simple Rules for a Good Poster Presentation". PLoS Computational Biology. 3 (5): e102. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.0030102. PMC 1876493. PMID 17530921.
  4. Vicens, Q.; Bourne, P. E. (2007). "Ten Simple Rules for a Successful Collaboration". PLoS Computational Biology. 3 (3): e44. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.0030044. PMC 1847992. PMID 17397252.
  5. 1 2 Logan, D. W.; Sandal, M.; Gardner, P. P.; Manske, M.; Bateman, A. (2010). "Ten Simple Rules for Editing Wikipedia". PLOS Computational Biology. 6 (9): e1000941. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000941. PMC 2947980. PMID 20941386.
  6. Wodak, Shoshana J.; Mietchen, Daniel; Collings, Andrew M.; Russell, Robert B.; Bourne, Philip E. (2012-03-29). "Topic Pages: PLoS Computational Biology Meets Wikipedia". PLOS Computational Biology. 8 (3): e1002446. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002446. ISSN 1553-7358. PMC 3315447. PMID 22479174.
  7. "PLOS Collections: Topic Pages". Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  8. "Wikipedia's medical content: A new era of collaboration". Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
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