I really like the PLoS journals. Their mission — to make research freely available — is totally awesome. And, on top of that, the journals publish very interesting research. PLoS Biology is a top notch journal, with papers on par with those in Science and Nature. And the specialty journals, like PLoS Genetics and PLoS Computational Biology, consistently have articles that I find quite attractive.
But the website is totally fucked. I can’t access most of the articles in PLoS Genetics. Thankfully, the articles are all mirrored on PubMed Central, but it’s a major pain to track those down after following a failed link to the PLoS Genetics site. If you can’t access the articles on a journal’s website, what good is the website?
Hopefully the problem will be fixed soon. It’s been going on for a the past few days. Will this be the demise of PLoS? If you can’t read the articles, the journal is useless.