The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource. PLoS publishes several peer-reviewed journals, including the internationally recognized PLoS Biology and PLoS Medicine.
PLoS uses article-level metrics to provide relevant data on each journal article that can help users determine the value of the article to them and the scientific community in general. Often traditional metrics, like article citations, can take years to develop. A benefit of the PLoS article-level metrics is the ability to track real time use and value based on views, downloads, and blog posts.
To view the metrics for an article published in a PLoS journal,
1. Select the appropriate PLoS journal.
2. Navigate to the desired article.
3. Select the Metrics tab.
4. This page will contain all data available on the selected article.