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PLOS Medicine at 10 Years: Two Imperatives

On the occasion of the journal's tenth anniversary, the PLOS Medicine Editors reflect on the challenge of attaining universal availability for high-quality medical research.

Noting that publishing medical research "combines an ethical imperative to ensure the reliability of published research with an ethical imperative to ensure universal accessibility and reuse," the editors encourage medical researchers to take an active role in improving the publishing landscape by submitting their work to journals that uphold these two imperatives.

The editors highlight several PLOS Medicine papers that have challenged the status quo in medical publishing, including guidelines for improving research reporting, reports of unhealthy industry practices, and a broad data availability policy.

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