[Discuss] HardwareX and PLOS One

Joshua joshua.m.pearce at gmail.com
Thu Apr 27 18:29:13 UTC 2017

Hi Orlando

I am one of the founding editors of HardwareX and I have published several
open hardware articles with PLOS One so I can give a good run down.

HardwareX is a journal dedicated to only open hardware with a template
based format that ensures that all hardware published with it contains all
the files necessary for reproduction in any easy straight forward way. It
is backed by Elsevier the largest scientific publisher -- and being on the
inside they are really truly backing it - having agreed with our vision
that one day (hopefully) every scientific paper comes with a link to the
hardware to replicate the experiment.

PLOS One is a much broader journal from the Public Library of Science that
will publish any scientific research that is sound (even if it is not
novel). It has published a nice amount of open hardware as you note. PLOS
One is a good place to submit content if you have a more traditional study
using open hardware.

They both are fully open access, but require an APC - For PLOS One it is
$1,495 <http://journals.plos.org/plosone/s/publication-fees> for HardwareX
it is $500
For the latter we will waive fees if there is a genuine need (particularly
if you qualify for the Research4Life program).

The field of free and open source scientific hardware overall is exploding
- and noticeably more difficult to keep up with - for my best attempt at an
ongoing lit. review see:  Appropedia-OSL
<http://www.appropedia.org/Open-source_Lab#External_Publications> (also
please feel free to add any papers with links that I missed).


Joshua M. Pearce, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Michigan Tech Open Sustainability Technology Lab
Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Michigan Technological University
601 M&M Building
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931-1295

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