Curated by experts, PLOS Channels highlight the latest research from across the published literature, preprints, commentary and news of interest to a community. The community can nominate content via email or Twitter. Channels are not limited to traditional journal articles, including preprints, AV content, news, conferences and grey literature. Channels include: Antimicrobial Resistance, Cholera, Complexity, Disease Forecasting & Surveillance, Microbiome, Open Source Toolkit, Responding to Climate Change, Tuberculosis, Veterans Disability & Rehabilitation Research, Ebola Outbreak
Goals and intentions
The project is the result of community feedback who wanted a single location to discover research and news in their field, and also authors of PLOS ONE who were concerned their papers were being "lost" in a megajournal. Users reported being overwhelmed by the amount of literature (both peer-reviewed and not) and wanted guidance from trusted and respected leaders in their field as to the most interesting and impactful content on an easy to use and regularly updated platform.
User-led design resulted in the decision to be publisher agnostic. Publishers have previously created showcases for their own content but these were reported by users as of limited use given it showed just a fraction of the relevant material.