Plos ONE Impact Factor

Here in this post, apart from PLoS ONE Impact Factor, I have tried to compile all the necessary information a research scholar would seek before publishing an article in the journal.

About PLoS ONE Journal

PLoS ONE is a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science since 2006.

PLoS ONE accepts research in over two hundred subject areas across science, engineering, medicine, and the related social sciences and humanities.

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PLoS ONE Impact Factor

Impact Factor (IF) or often called journal impact factor (JIF) is an index provided by an analytics company named Clarivate. The impact factor is calculated by dividing the number of times the articles are cited in the last two years by the total number of publications in those two years.

  • Total Citations in 2020 and 2021 = 500
  • Total Number of Publications in 2020 and 2021 = 100
  • Impact Factor of the Journal in 2022 = 500/100 = 5

PLoS ONE Impact Factor (2017-2022)

  • PLoS ONE Impact Factor 2018 – 3.240
  • PLoS ONE Impact Factor 2019 – 2.740
  • PLoS ONE Impact Factor 2020 – 2.776
  • PLoS ONE Impact Factor 2021 – 2.766
  • PLoS ONE Impact Factor 2022 – 3.752 (updated 29 June 2022)

PLoS ONE Impact Factor 2022

PLoS ONE H-index

The h index is a metric for evaluating the cumulative impact of an author’s scholarly output and performance; measures quantity with quality by comparing publications to citations.

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The h index of PLoS ONE Journal is 367, which means among all the published articles in this journal, 367 of these publications have received at least 367 citations each.

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PLoS ONE CiteScore

CiteScore (CS) of an academic journal is a measure reflecting the yearly average number of citations to recent articles published in that journal.

PLoS ONE SCImago Rank

The SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) indicator is a measure of the scientific influence of scholarly journals that accounts for both the number of citations received by a journal and the importance or prestige of the journals where the citations come from.

Year SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

PLoS ONE Editorial Board Members

Below are the latest editorial board members of PLoS ONE


  • Emily Chenette

Deputy Editor-in-chief

  • George Vousden

Managing Editor

  • Michelle Dohm

Behavioral and Social Sciences, Neuroscience, Mental Health

  • Yann Benetreau – Division Editor
  • Vanessa Carels – Senior Editor
  • Avanti Dey – Associate Editor
  • Steve Zimmerman – Associate Editor
  • Katrien Janin – Associate Editor

Public Health and Medicine

  • James Mockridge – Division Editor
  • Marianne Clemence – Senior Editor
  • Tom Phillips – Associate Editor
  • Lucinda Shen – Associate Editor
  • Lorena Verduci – Associate Editor
  • Jamie Royle – Associate Editor
  • Emily Alcock – Associate Editor
  • Johannes Stortz – Associate Editor

Life Sciences

  • Alejandra Clark – Division Editor
  • Miquel Vall-llosera – Camps Senior Editor
  • Sebastian Shepherd – Associate Editor
  • Jianhong Zhou – Associate Editor
  • Thomas Tischer – Associate Editor

Physical Sciences and Engineering

  • Carla Pegoraro – Division Editor
  • Hanna Landenmark – Senior Editor
  • Natasha McDonald – Associate Editor
  • Hugh Cowley – Senior Editor

PLoS ONE Publication Fee

PLoS ONE is an open-access journal. The publication fee for PLoS ONE is given below

Registered Report Protocol $1,380
Registered Report Article $800
Lab Protocols $1,135
Study Protocols $1,805
All other articles $1,805

Publication in any PLOS journal is free for authors whose research is funded primarily (50% or more of the work contained within the article) by an institution located in a Research4Life Group A country.

Authors from Group B countries who need additional support should apply for PLOS Publication Fee Assistance (below) instead of Research4Life

Group A countries – Group B countries

PLoS ONE Review Time

The average time for PLoS ONE first decision from Editor is around 14 days.

PLoS ONE First Decision – Editorial14 days
PLoS ONE First Decision43 days
 Jul – Dec 19Jan – Jun 20Jul – Dec 20Jan – Jun 21Jul – Dec 21
Time to First Editorial Decision (Rejection or Peer Review)1312161215
Time to First Decision4744474853
Time to Final Decision (Rejection or Acceptance)88.5838490105
Time to Acceptance141144149157170
Time to Publication162169162170177
Time from Acceptance to Publication91311109
Desk Rejections without peer review (%)22.3%23.0%22.8%22.30%21.80%
Acceptance Rate43.3%48.2%48.6%

PLoS ONE Reference Style

PLoS ONE uses the reference style outlined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), also referred to as the “Vancouver” style. 

Published articlesHou WR, Hou YL, Wu GF, Song Y, Su XL, Sun B, et al. cDNA, genomic sequence cloning and overexpression of ribosomal protein gene L9 (rpL9) of the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca). Genet Mol Res. 2011;10: 1576-1588.
Accepted, unpublished articlesSame as published articles, but substitute “Forthcoming” for page numbers or DOI.
Online articlesHuynen MMTE, Martens P, Hilderlink HBM. The health impacts of globalisation: a conceptual framework. Global Health. 2005;1: 14. Available from:
BooksBates B. Bargaining for life: A social history of tuberculosis. 1st ed. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press; 1992.
Book chaptersHansen B. New York City epidemics and history for the public. In: Harden VA, Risse GB, editors. AIDS and the historian. Bethesda: National Institutes of Health; 1991. pp. 21-28.
Deposited articles (preprints, e-prints, or arXiv)Krick T, Shub DA, Verstraete N, Ferreiro DU, Alonso LG, Shub M, et al. Amino acid metabolism conflicts with protein diversity. arXiv:1403.3301v1 [Preprint]. 2014 [cited 2014 March 17]. Available from:​

PLoS ONE Endnote Style

You can download the PLoS ONE Endnote Style and PLoS ONE Zotero Style

PLoS ONE Abbreviation

The ISO 4 standard abbreviation for abstracting, indexing and referencing purposes of PLoS ONE is “PLOS ONE

PLoS ONE Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate of a journal is the ratio of the number of articles submitted to the number of articles published.

The average acceptance rate of PLoS ONE journal is 46%

PLoS ONE Rejection Rate

The average rejection rate for PLoS ONE falls around 22%

PLoS ONE Indexed in

Science is indexed in Scopus, SCImago, Web of Science, and UGC journal ranking

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