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PLOS Editorial Board Application

Are you a researcher looking to support the scientific community? If you believe that science, and the process of publishing science, should be fair, equitable, and accessible, you might be a fit for one of our Editorial Boards.


Editorial Board Criteria

PLOS Editorial Board members...
  • Have expertise in a relevant subject field
  • Have a robust publication record of peer-reviewed publications
  • Have enough room in their professional schedule to oversee peer review for a manuscript through to a final decision

They are also…
  • Engaged, active volunteers who are committed to their journal’s mission
  • Open to innovation in scholarly publishing and the dissemination of scientific communications to meet the community’s changing needs
  • Active in their scientific communities and, in service to those groups, encourage submissions and help promote journal offerings.
  • Eager to contribute ideas and lend their expertise to help shape journal goals, policies, and development

Journals Open for Applications

PLOS Climate unites researchers across disciplines and regions of the world to tackle the challenges of a changing climate at a global scale. 

PLOS Digital Health accelerates trusted, boundary-breaking research that uses digital tools, technologies and data science to advance every aspect of health care.

PLOS Global Public Health is a global forum of public health research of the highest ethical and methodological rigor that reaches across disciplines and regional boundaries. 

PLOS Sustainability and Transformation brings together research that drives critical progress in optimizing the use of renewable biological resources, transforming the global economy and achieving a sustainable future.

PLOS Water brings together research of the highest methodological and ethical standards that drives safe water sanitation and hygiene measures, as well as the sustainable consumption, management and supply of water as a vital resource for societies in every region of the world.

Apply to Join

Please complete this short form to apply for the Editorial Board of your preferred journal. The PLOS Editorial Board Services team will review your materials and be in touch within a few weeks to discuss your application.
Which Editorial Board would you like to apply to?*
*All journals have separate criteria and processes for evaluating candidates. We cannot guarantee consideration or a position at any journal.
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12. Highest degree (or equivalent) *This question is required.
This question requires a valid date format of MM/DD/YYYY.
14. Are you a principal investigator or do you lead a research group? *This question is required.
15. Do you currently have research funding? *This question is required.
18. Are you interested in handling manuscripts reporting the results of clinical trials*?
*Prior clinical trial experience required
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19. Please upload a copy of your CV here, including any prior or current editorial board experience.*
*To serve on a PLOS Editorial Board, concurrent editorial board memberships must adhere to COPE standards.
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