Last Updated on June 22, 2023

PLoS ONE- Impact Score, Ranking, SJR, h-index, Citescore, Rating, Publisher, ISSN, and Other Important Details

Published By: Public Library of Science

Abbreviation: PLoS ONE

Impact Score

The impact Score or journal impact score (JIS) is equivalent to Impact Factor. The impact factor (IF) or journal impact factor (JIF) of an academic journal is a scientometric index calculated by Clarivate that reflects the yearly mean number of citations of articles published in the last two years in a given journal, as indexed by Clarivate's Web of Science. On the other hand, Impact Score is based on Scopus data.








Important Details

Title PLoS ONE
Standard Abbreviation PLoS ONE
Type of Publication Journal
Discipline Multidisciplinary (Q1)
Impact Score 3.75
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 0.885
h-index 404
Overall Rank 5108
Publisher Name Public Library of Science
Publication Country United States
International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) 19326203
Coverage and History 2006-2022
Official Website Visit Website
Wikipedia Page Visit Wikipedia
Best Quartile Q1
Total Citations Received
(Last 3 Year)

About PLoS ONE

PLoS ONE is a journal published by Public Library of Science. This journal covers the area[s] related to Multidisciplinary, etc. The coverage history of this journal is as follows: 2006-2022. The rank of this journal is 5108. This journal's impact score, h-index, and SJR are 3.75, 404, and 0.885, respectively. The ISSN of this journal is/are as follows: 19326203.

The best quartile of PLoS ONE is Q1. This journal has received a total of 184362 citations during the last three years (Preceding 2022).

PLoS ONE Impact Score 2022-2023

The latest impact score (IS) of the PLoS ONE is 3.75. It is computed in the year 2023 as per its definition and based on Scopus data. 3.75

It is increased by a factor of around 0.19, and the percentage change is 5.34% compared to the preceding year 2021, indicating a rising trend.

The impact score (IS), also denoted as the Journal impact score (JIS), of an academic journal is a measure of the yearly average number of citations to recent articles published in that journal. It is based on Scopus data.

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Prediction of PLoS ONE Impact Score 2023

Impact Score 2022 of PLoS ONE is 3.75. If a similar upward trend continues, IS may increase in 2023 as well.

Impact Score Graph

Check below the Impact Score trends of PLoS ONE. This is based on Scopus data.

Year Impact Score (IS)
2023/2024 Coming Soon
2022 3.75
2021 3.56
2020 3.01
2019 2.90
2018 2.92
2017 3.01
2016 3.10
2015 3.51
2014 3.71

PLoS ONE h-index

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The h-index of PLoS ONE is 404. By definition of the h-index, this journal has at least 404 published articles with more than 404 citations.

What is h-index?

The h-index (also known as the Hirsch index or Hirsh index) is a scientometric parameter used to evaluate the scientific impact of the publications and journals. It is defined as the maximum value of h such that the given Journal has published at least h papers and each has at least h citations.


The International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) of PLoS ONE is/are as follows: 19326203.

The ISSN is a unique 8-digit identifier for a specific publication like Magazine or Journal. The ISSN is used in the postal system and in the publishing world to identify the articles that are published in journals, magazines, newsletters, etc. This is the number assigned to your article by the publisher, and it is the one you will use to reference your article within the library catalogues.

ISSN code (also called as "ISSN structure" or "ISSN syntax") can be expressed as follows: NNNN-NNNC
Here, N is in the set {0,1,2,3...,9}, a digit character, and C is in {0,1,2,3,...,9,X}

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PLoS ONE Ranking and SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

The PLoS ONE is ranked 5108 among 27955 Journals, Conferences, and Book Series. As per SJR, this journal is ranked 0.885.

SCImago Journal Rank is an indicator, which measures the scientific influence of journals. It considers the number of citations received by a journal and the importance of the journals from where these citations come.

PLoS ONE Publisher

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The publisher of PLoS ONE is Public Library of Science. The publishing house of this journal is located in the United States. Its coverage history is as follows: 2006-2022.

Call For Papers (CFPs)


Please check the official website of this journal to find out the complete details and Call For Papers (CFPs).

Publication Fees

PLOS employs several business models to support equitable Open Access. A full list of our publication fees, funding initiatives and fee assistance information is available here.


Review Speed



The International Organization for Standardization 4 (ISO 4) abbreviation of PLoS ONE is PLoS ONE. ISO 4 is an international standard which defines a uniform and consistent system for the abbreviation of serial publication titles, which are published regularly. The primary use of ISO 4 is to abbreviate or shorten the names of scientific journals using the technique of List of Title Word Abbreviations (LTWA).

As ISO 4 is an international standard, the abbreviation ('PLoS ONE') can be used for citing, indexing, abstraction, and referencing purposes.

How to publish in PLoS ONE

If your area of research or discipline is related to Multidisciplinary, etc., please check the journal's official website to understand the complete publication process.

Acceptance Rate

  Jan - Jun 19 Jul - Dec 19 Jan - Jun 20 Jul - Dec 20
Time to First Editorial Decision (Rejection or Peer Review) 13 13 12 16
Time to First Decision 43 47 44 47
Time to Final Decision (Rejection or Acceptance) 84 88.5 83 84
Time to Acceptance 157 141 144 149
Time to Publication 171 162 169 162
Time from Acceptance to Publication 9 9 13 11
Desk Rejections without peer review (%) 26.3% 22.3% 23.0% 22.8%
Acceptance Rate* 46.9% 43.1%    
All times are in days and are median numbers
*Acceptance rates are calculated from submission cohorts and are therefore only available with delay


There are several factors that influence the acceptance rate of any academic journal. Here are some critical parameters that are considered while calculating the acceptance rate:

  • Interest/demand of researchers/scientists for publishing in a specific journal/conference.
  • The complexity of the peer review process and timeline.
  • Time taken from draft submission to final publication.
  • Number of submissions received and acceptance slots
  • And Many More.

The simplest way to find out the acceptance rate or rejection rate of a Journal/Conference is to check with the journal's/conference's editorial team through emails or through the official website.

Submission Guidelines


Visit the official website of the journal/conference to confirm the submission guidelines, notification date, and submission deadlines.

Why Researchers Should Consider PLOS ONE

Inclusive Publication Criteria and Scope

PLOS ONE offers a wide scope of inclusivity, accepting research across over 200 subject areas that cover science, engineering, medicine, social sciences, and humanities. The evaluation process of research is based on scientific validity, strong methodology, and high ethical standards. PLOS ONE welcomes multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research, replication studies, negative and null results, Registered Reports, and Protocols.

Fair and Robust Review Process

PLOS ONE is committed to a fair, fast, and thorough peer review process, meeting high ethical and methodological standards that align with editorial policies. The expert board of Academic Editors and staff work together to ensure the quality of published work. PLOS ONE offers the opportunity for reviewers to sign their reviews and authors to publish their Peer Review History to promote transparency, accountability, and credit.

Wide Reach

PLOS ONE offers immediate and wide exposure to research through the widest possible audience. PLOS ONE's dedicated media team partners with an extensive network of journalists to showcase noteworthy research. In 2022, PLOS ONE articles received over 100,000 media mentions globally, thereby allowing authors to broaden their reach both within and outside of their discipline.

Multi-Disciplinary Assessment

PLOS ONE offers a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to research, facilitating connections within and between disciplines. PLOS ONE welcomes over 20,000 new authors annually in over 200 research areas, promoting collaborations and shared knowledge.


PLOS ONE pioneered open access and is now leading the way with open science. PLOS ONE applies the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license to works published, ensuring that authors retain the copyright of their work and granting everyone, everywhere the right to read, share, and reuse articles, as long as the author and original source are properly cited. PLOS ONE prioritizes transparency throughout the peer review and publication process by offering various measures to enhance author attribution and identification. These measures include the use of the CRediT authorship taxonomy and ORCID iD, publicly posting protocols and data sets, facilitating preprint posting, and providing the option for Published Peer Review History.

Meaningful Metrics

PLOS ONE promotes the use of individualized article-level metrics to track the impact and reach of unique work with precision. Every article published by PLOS ONE provides viewership, downloads, media mentions, social sharing, and citations through Altmetric, enabling researchers to gain meaningful metrics.

Important Detail About PLOS

Information Details
Organization name PLOS (Public Library of Science)
Type of organization Non-profit publisher of open-access journals in science, technology, and medicine
Year founded 2000
First journal launched PLOS Biology (2003)
Number of academic journals published (as of 2022) 12
Indexed journals in Science Citation Index Expanded 7
Journals with impact factor 7
Inclusion in Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) Yes
Inclusion in Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association Yes
Membership in Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Yes
Founders Patrick O. Brown, and Michael Eisen
Launch funding sources Grants from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Sandler Family Supporting Foundation totaling US$13 million
Funding model Article processing charge (APC) paid by author, author's employer, or funder
Financial supporting organization (as of 2011) Healthcare Information For All by 2015 (HIFA2015)
Self-sustainability confirmation (as of July 2011) Yes, covering all operational costs
Headquarters Suite 225 in the Koshland East Building in Levi's Plaza, San Francisco
License for published journals Creative Commons "attribution" license
Stylization of organization name (as of 2012) PLOS (previously stylized as "PLoS")
Policy announcement for addressing neo-colonial research In 2021, announced a policy requiring changes in reporting for researchers working in other countries to address neo-colonial parachute research practices.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the impact score of PLoS ONE?

The latest impact score of PLoS ONE is 3.75. It is computed in the year 2023.

What is the h-index of PLoS ONE?

The latest h-index of PLoS ONE is 404. It is evaluated in the year 2023.

What is the SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) of PLoS ONE?

The latest SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) of PLoS ONE is 0.885. It is calculated in the year 2023.

What is the ranking of PLoS ONE?

The latest ranking of PLoS ONE is 5108. This ranking is among 27955 Journals, Conferences, and Book Series. It is computed in the year 2023.

Who is the publisher of PLoS ONE?

PLoS ONE is published by Public Library of Science. The publication country of this journal is United States.

What is the abbreviation of PLoS ONE?

This standard abbreviation of PLoS ONE is PLoS ONE.

Is "PLoS ONE" a Journal, Conference or Book Series?

PLoS ONE is a journal published by Public Library of Science.

What is the scope of PLoS ONE?

The scope of PLoS ONE is as follows:

  • Multidisciplinary

For detailed scope of PLoS ONE, check the official website of this journal.

What is the ISSN of PLoS ONE?

The International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) of PLoS ONE is/are as follows: 19326203.

What is the best quartile for PLoS ONE?

The best quartile for PLoS ONE is Q1.

What is the coverage history of PLoS ONE?

The coverage history of PLoS ONE is as follows 2006-2022.

Credits and Sources

  • PLoS ONE Official Website
  • PLoS ONE Wikipedia
  • Scimago Journal & Country Rank (SJR),
  • Journal Impact Factor,
  • Scopus,

Note: The impact score shown here is equivalent to the average number of times documents published in a journal/conference in the past two years have been cited in the current year (i.e., Cites / Doc. (2 years)). It is based on Scopus data and can be a little higher or different compared to the impact factor (IF) produced by Journal Citation Report. Please refer to the Web of Science data source to check the exact journal impact factor ™ (Thomson Reuters) metric.

Impact Score, SJR, h-Index, and Other Important metrics of These Journals, Conferences, and Book Series

Journal/Conference/Book Title Type Publisher Ranking SJR h-index Impact Score
Dermatologia Kliniczna Journal Cornetis 25442 7 0.00
SPE Production and Operations Symposium, Proceedings Conference And Proceedings 15907 21 0.00
Milan Journal of Mathematics Journal Birkhauser Verlag Basel 3120 28 1.79
Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice Journal Wiley-Blackwell 338 185 12.75
Child and Family Social Work Journal Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd 8628 67 2.20
World Englishes Journal Wiley-Blackwell 4960 60 1.97
Studies in Continuing Education Journal Routledge 6011 38 2.81
Korean Journal of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology Journal Korean Society for Applied Microbiology 22033 0 0.00
Epigenetics Journal Landes Bioscience 2362 105 4.11
Journal of Medical Toxicology Journal Springer New York 8639 55 2.01

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PLoS ONE Impact Score (IS) Trend

Table: Impact Score

Year Impact Score (IS)
2023/2024 Updated Soon
2022 3.75
2021 3.56
2020 3.01
2019 2.90
2018 2.92
2017 3.01
2016 3.10
2015 3.51
2014 3.71

Top Journals/Conferences in Multidisciplinary

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American Association for the Advancement of Science | United States

The Innovation
Cell Press | United States

Science advances
American Association for the Advancement of Science | United States

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
National Academy of Sciences | United States

National Science Review
Oxford University Press | United Kingdom

Science Bulletin
Elsevier BV | Netherlands

American Association for the Advancement of Science | United States

Tsinghua Science and Technology
Tsing Hua University | China

Elsevier Inc. | United States

Journal of Advanced Research
Cairo University | Egypt

Proceedings of the Japan Academy Series B: Physical and Biological Sciences
Japan Academy | Japan

Scientific Reports
Nature Publishing Group | United Kingdom

Citizen Science: Theory and Practice
Ubiquity Press | United Kingdom

Fundamental Research
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