In December 2013 PLOS ONE published a unique article, Assessing “Dangerous Climate Change: Required Reduction of Carbon Emissions to Protect Young People, Future Generations and Nature”, by James Hansen and colleagues. The article calls for action on climate change to reduce fossil fuel emissions back to pre-industrial era levels. In coordination with the publication of this review, a PLOS ONE call for papers on the topic Responding to Climate Change was made, which in turn led to the launch of the PLOS Responding to Climate Change Collection in July, highlighting research that focuses on efforts to on mitigating and adapting to the effects of the changing climate.
In the year since, the call for papers has launched PLOS into the multidisciplinary territories of earth science. The impact has been great, not only from the Assessing “Dangerous Climate Change” article (nearly 100,000 views, 18 citations and counting), but also from the breadth of research published in this newly emerging field of climate research.
By choosing to publish their research in an Open Access journal, authors’ works are much more accessible to fellow scientists, policymakers, and the public. Allowing their work to be reused under the CC-BY license means that progress in this critical field is faster and unrestricted by copyright.
PLOS is attending the AGU 2014 Fall Meeting this week and, to coincide with the anniversary of James Hansen announcing the call for papers at AGU 2013, we are excited to announce an update to the collection. This selection of research recently published in PLOS ONE covers a wide variety of disciplines from the impact of collective human behaviour to alternative energy resources, such as wind power and its potential use in Australia.
Jenni Horsley is Editorial Project Coordinator of PLOS Collections. Find her on Twitter at @jennihy
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