Public Library of Science (PLOS) is a publisher of seven peer-reviewed and open-access journals which users can search through an online portal that has recently undergone some major renovations. I first looked at the PLOS network back in April 2012, and I concluded that PLOS is another useful non-patent literature resource that professional patent searchers can utilize during an extensive prior art search, especially in the biomedical field. Since April 2012, the PLOS portal has seen some big changes to the appearance, search, and navigation features of the site, including a makeover to the visual appearance of the network in July 2012 and a redesign of all PLOS journals in December 2012. Herve Basset of the Science Intelligence and InfoPros blog recently announced the December 2012 redesign of the PLOS network, so I decided to jump over to the portal and take a look at the updated search and navigation options, including new metrics data and alert options for registered users.
Read on for an overview of recent changes implemented to enhance the usability, access to key information, and navigation on the PLOS network!