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PLOS Medicine

Aims and scope

PLOS Medicine gives the highest priority to papers on the conditions and risk factors that cause the greatest losses in years of healthy life worldwide. For a guide to the conditions and risk factors that we prioritize, see Tables 1.1 and 1.2 of Global Burden of Disease and Risk Factors. Within these priority areas we make decisions based on whether papers are likely to directly and substantially affect clinical practice or public health policy, or have implications of broad general interest for the direction of future, directly clinically relevant research. In addition, we seek to publish papers that address important topics in the ethics and reporting of medical research.


Responsiveness Average
Time from submission to first decision after peer review 7 weeks
Time to immediate reject Not Provided
Publication speed Average
Time from acceptance to print Not Provided
Total time to publication Not Provided
Time from submission to acceptance Not Provided
Time from acceptance to online 7 weeks


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Open Access Policy

Open access available Yes

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General information

Publisher PLOS (Public Library of Science)
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ISSN 1549-1676
eISSN 1549-1676
SNIP 3.612
Acceptance rate 15%
Publication Frequency Not provided
Publication Languages
  • English
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