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Submitting a Manuscript

  1. Before Submission
  2. Submission Instructions

1. Before submission

Please review the PLOS ONE Publication Criteria to ensure that your manuscript is appropriate for PLOS ONE.

Please also check to make sure your manuscript has been prepared in accordance to the relevant reporting guidelines and resources.

Prior to submission, all appropriate datasets, images, and information should be deposited in public databases, in accordance with community standards.

You should also prepare the following information:

  • The name, email address, institution, and contribution information of each author. Please note that all authors must see and approve the final version of the manuscript before you submit.
  • Cover letter
  • Manuscript, with figure legends and tables included in the same document as the main text
    • Your manuscript should be in Word, LaTeX, or RTF format. If using LaTeX, please see these LaTeX guidelines
    • Your manuscript must be written in clear, comprehensible English. If you have concerns about the level of English in your submission, please ensure that it is proofread before submission by a native English speaker or a scientific editing service prior to submission.
  • Figures in either EPS or TIFF format
  • Ethics information, including IACUC permit numbers and/or IRB name, if applicable
    • This information should be included in a subheading labeled "Ethics Statement" in the "Methods" section of your manuscript file, in as much detail as possible
  • Funding statement. This information should not be in your manuscript file; you will provide it via our submission system.
    • This information will be published with the final manuscript, if accepted, so please make sure that this is accurate and as detailed as possible. You should not include this information in your manuscript file, but it is important to gather it prior to submission, because your financial disclosure statement cannot be changed after initial submission.
    • Your statement should include relevant grant numbers and the URL of any funder's Web site. Please also state whether any individuals employed or contracted by the funders (other than the named authors) played any role in: study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. If so, please name the individual and describe their role.
  • Competing interests statement. This information should not be in your manuscript file; you will provide it via our submission system.
    • All potential competing interests must be declared in full. If the submission is related to any patents, patent applications, or products in development or for market, these details, including patent numbers and titles, must be disclosed in full.
  • Names of 2-5 suggested PLOS ONE Academic Editors (optional but recommended)
  • Names of at least 2 suggested reviewers (required)
  • Information on your institution's billing relationship with PLOS ONE, if applicable. You will not pay until your paper is published, but you will be asked a couple of questions about payment upon submission.

If you have difficulties as you follow the instructions below, please be sure to check our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for detailed answers to common submission questions.

We have also produced a number of brief (2 minute) video tutorials explaining how to resolve some of the most common problems that authors encounter when submitting their manuscripts, including:

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2. Submission Instructions

These are step-by-step instructions for submitting a manuscript to our online submission system. We recommend that you keep this page open for your reference as you move through the submission process.

Do not follow these instructions if you are resubmitting a revised manuscript, are responding to a technical check inquiry, or have otherwise already submitted this paper to PLOS ONE.

  • Begin. Go to Editorial Manager and log in.
  • Submit new manuscript. Click on the "Submit New Manuscript" link under the "New Submissions" heading. This will take you to a new screen.
  • Article Type. Next, select your article type. Most submissions will be either a Research Article or a Clinical Trial.
  • Title. Enter the title and short title of your manuscript. Please do not enter your titles in all capital letters.
  • Contributors. Next you will be asked to enter the names, email addresses, and institutional affiliations for each author. Each author should have made real and concrete contributions to the manuscript; you will have the opportunity to describe each author's contribution in a further step. Each author should also be aware of the paper submission and approve the manuscript submitted. PLOS does not condone or accept guest authorship. See the PLOS ONE Editorial Policies for more information about authorship.
  • Corresponding Author. Additionally, you will be asked to designate one author to act as corresponding author. Note that this is the person who will receive correspondence from the PLOS ONE editorial office, but does not need to be the person who will appear as corresponding author on the paper if accepted. The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that the author list and author contributions are accurate and complete. The person noted as the corresponding author should be the person who is actually responsible for ensuring that all the proper forms are submitted and accurate, and should be readily available for correspondence if PLOS ONE editors have questions or concerns. If a corresponding author will not be available for an extended period of time, s/he should inform PLOS ONE at plosone [at] plos.org.
  • Category. Next, you'll receive a prompt about your paper's Section/Category. If your paper describes primary research on human subjects, indicate that here by selecting the category Clinical; if not, select Other.
  • Abstract. This should exactly match the text of the Abstract in your manuscript file.
  • Keywords. These will help expedite the internal processing of your manuscript. You will not have another opportunity to edit these, so please make sure to add concise, accurate keywords at this point.
  • Classifications. Next, you will be prompted to classify your manuscript by selecting terms from a classification tree. Please add as many accurate classifications as possible; this will help to speed up the process of matching your paper to an appropriate editor. For more details, watch this short video.
  • Competing Interests. Please declare any affiliations or relationships that could be viewed as potentially competing interests. This information will be published with the final manuscript, if accepted, so please make sure that this is accurate and as detailed as possible. See the PLOS ONE Editorial Policies for more information about declaring competing interests.
  • Financial Disclosure. Please disclose your funders and the role they played in your manuscript. This information will be published with the final manuscript, if accepted, so please make sure that this is accurate and as detailed as possible. Please include relevant grant numbers and the URL of any funder's website. Please also state whether any individuals employed or contracted by the funders (other than the named authors) played any role in: study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. If so, please name the individual and describe their role. If no individuals employed or contracted by the funder(s), other than the authors, were involved in these tasks and the authors had unrestricted access to the data, please state, "The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript."
  • Ethics Statement. You must provide an ethics statement if your study made use of human or vertebrate animal subjects and/or tissue. The text in this field should exactly match the text of the ethics statement in the body of your paper; we recommend that you cut and paste your paper's ethics statement into this field. The information submitted here will be evaluated by the PLOS ONE editors to ensure that it meets our standards, so please include as much information as possible. See the PLOS ONE Publication Criteria for more information about ethics requirements.
  • Previous Interactions. If you are submitting your manuscript following a recommendation from another PLOS journal, or if you have had a previous interaction with PLOS ONE about the manuscript or closely related manuscripts, please indicate the extent of your previous interaction here.
  • Suggest Academic Editors. Please recommend 2-5 Academic editors from our board who you feel are qualified to handle your submission based on their areas of expertise.
  • Collections Submission. Please indicate if you are submitting your paper as a part of a collection. More information about collections can be found here.
  • New Taxon. If your paper describes a new taxon, please give its name. See the Manuscript Guidelines for requirements for manuscripts describing a new zoological, botanical, or fungal taxon.
  • Dual Publications. Please explain whether any of the elements of your paper have ever been published anywhere before. If so, we may have to consider copyright issues, so it is very important that you provide this information in full.
  • US Government Employee. If you are an employee of the US Government, please indicate that here.
  • Author Contributions. This is a series of questions that will enable you to state the contributions of each author. Each author listed on the manuscript should have made a real and concrete contribution to the submission, and each person who contributed to the manuscript should be listed. More information about authorship can be found in the PLOS ONE Editorial Policies.
  • Required Statements. Next you must enter your initials to indicate your agreement with four required statements regarding PLOS Editorial and Publishing Policies.
  • Direct Billing to Institutions and Funders. If your institution has a direct billing relationship with PLOS, please indicate this here.
  • Institutional Membership Discount. If authors at your institution receive a discounted publication fee at PLOS ONE, please explain here.
  • Publication Fees. Select the country that provided the primary funding for the research in the submission. For questions about publication fees, you must contact the Author Billing department directly at authorbilling [at] plos.org. DO NOT EMAIL plosone [at] plos.org ABOUT PUBLICATION CHARGES.
  • Enter Comments. You may enter comments for the editorial office here.
  • Suggest Reviewers. Please recommend 2-5 reviewers to comment on your paper. Suggesting reviewers helps us ensure that your paper will experience a swift and expedient review process. However, please note that we are unable to guarantee that your suggested reviewers will comment on your paper. Remember that you can suggest any qualified scientist to review your paper; your suggestions need not (and should not) be PLOS ONE academic editors.
  • Oppose Reviewers. If there are people you think should not be invited to review your paper, please provide their information here, as well as the reason for opposition. If there are any Academic Editors you think should not be invited to review your paper, please also provide their information here, making clear that they are an editor, not a reviewer. You must also provide an explanation for your opposition.
  • Attach Files. Now you will upload your cover letter and each of the files to be included in your manuscript. For each file you upload to the system, you will select the file type from the "Item" drop down menu. Enter or amend the autofill description for each file in the Description box. When you are done uploading files, you will have an opportunity to review your file inventory before finalizing your submission.
  • Review File Inventory. When you are satisfied, click "Next" at the bottom of this page. If you experience any issues with your figures, please watch this short video.
  • Create a PDF. In this step, the system will merge all of your files into a PDF for your approval. When you are ready, approve the PDF to finalize your submission.

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