You are already intrigued, thinking “rules…for what???” There are MANY lists of 10 rules, thanks to a long-running series of articles from PLOS Computational Biology entitled,“10 Simple Rules.” Here are ten reasons to check it out.
- To date, there are eighty-four “Ten Simple Rules” articles by multiple authors. According to the editors, the series “provide a quick, concentrated guide for mastering some of the professional challenges research scientists face in their careers.”
- The first article in this series was published on October 28, 2005: “Ten Simple Rules for Getting Published.” The most recent article was published on December 7, 2017: “Ten Simple Rules for International Short-Term Research Stays.” That’s twelve years of articles!
- Topics in the series cover “everything you always wanted to know about science (but perhaps were afraid to ask),” including “Ten Simple Rules for…”: “Getting Grants,” “a Good Poster Presentation,” “Choosing between Industry and Academia,” “Building and Maintaining a Scientific Reputation,” and “Starting a Company.”
- Each article compiles the ten rules in an easy-to-read list next to the main text, allows for comments, and provides related content.
- All of the articles include metrics. For example, “Ten Simple Rules for Taking Advantage of Git and GitHub,” has 22,166 Views, 7 Citations, 249 Saves, and 219 Shares.
- The most viewed article, “Ten Simple Rules for Writing a Literature Review,” has 972,853 views. Even the least viewed article, “Ten Simple Rules for Successfully Completing a Graduate Degree in Latin America,” has 2,883 views, and it was just published September 2017.
- “Ten Simple Rules” articles are freely accessible in PubMed Central.
- The series is one of many collections curated by PLOS—the Public Library of Science. The PLOS Collections are broadly categorized into six topics: Biology & Life Sciences, Medicine & Health Sciences, Research Analysis & Science Policy, Computer & Information Sciences, Earth & Environmental Sciences, and Physics, Chemistry, & Materials Science.
- “Ten Simple Rules” is part of the Research Analysis & Science Policy Collection, which includes topics such as “Open Data” and “The Missing Pieces: A Collection of Negative, Null, and Inconclusive Results.”
- Interested in writing your own “Ten Simple Rules” article? Be sure to read “Ten Simple Rules for Writing a PLOS Ten Simple Rules Article” (which helped with facts three and six), including information for potential authors.