Why I Believe in PLoS One

At the PLoS One Community blog I discuss why I joined PLoS One, believe in the open access mission, and contemplate how we view a paper’s novelty.

Dr. M (1720 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

3 comments on “Why I Believe in PLoS One
  1. Great interview, Dr. M!

    I was surprised to read that you grew up in Arkansas. Where ’bouts?

    I grew up in Rogers, AR in the Ozarks (though my first years were in Texas).

  2. Nice interview. The Census of Marine Life collection should be a coup for the journal PLoS One, and for you personally, Craig. Many people will probably have their first exposure to open access publishing when that volume comes out. As Lubchenco would say, the idea’s time has come.

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