Since August 2008, student contributions to PLOS Medicine have been hosted on the PLOS Medicine community blog, Speaking of Medicine.
As the post introducing the student section of the blog stressed, it is a venue for medical students worldwide to share their experiences, views on critical health issues, hopes for the future of medicine, opinions on the medical education system, as well as any other thoughts about topics relevant to global health issues.
We are interested in hearing the views of medical students on issues that are relevant to all medical students worldwide, as well as issues that are controversial or provocative.
Read the first two blog posts from the student section to get an idea of how they are structured:
To contribute, students should e-mail pieces between 200-700 words in length to studentforum [at] plos.org. A PLOS Medicine editor will evaluate each submission, and if a piece is approved for posting, a member of the staff will post it on the student's behalf. Students will be informed in advance of their piece being posted. We hope to make decisions and post quickly.
The student section Speaking of Medicine blog is now the primary way in which students can contribute to PLOS Medicine. Prior to the blog, PLOS Medicine published essays called Student Forums and these can still be found in the archive.
The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) has formally endorsed the concept of open-access publishing, and has formally partnered with PLOS Medicine.
The Latin American Federation of Scientific Societies of Latin American Medical Students (FELSOCEM) has also endorsed open-access publishing and has also formally partnered with PLOS Medicine.