The Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development (JRRD), housed within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Rehabilitation Research and Development Service (RR&D), is being phased out. The final print edition of JRRD will occur in September; manuscript submissions are no longer being accepted.
However, JRRD/RR&D have entered into conversations with PLOS, an open-access publisher of seven biomedical journals, that is interested in continuing the JRRD veteran-focused mission. Toward this end, JRRD/RR&D recommend that researchers consider submitting manuscripts to PLOS.
PLOS is developing a publishing venue called PLOS Channels, specifically designed as an ingathering place that can offer research communities, such as rehabilitation, a new way to publish and disseminate research. By leveraging the publishing machinery of PLOS and the journal, PLOS ONE, Channels have an established peer review and publication pipeline. In addition to research articles, Channels centralizes other content, information, and resources relevant to the rehabilitation community, including scientific discourse and content beyond the journal or research paper, such as blogs and events announcements.
PLOS offsets publication expenses-including those of peer-review management, journal production, and online hosting and archiving-by charging a publication fee, also known as an article processing charge (APC), to authors, institutions, or funders for each article published. If assistance is needed in paying this charge, there are resources and initiatives available, including the PLOS Fee Assistance program. PLOS publication decisions are based solely on editorial criteria and are completely independent of fee payments.