The Public Library on Science (PLoS), a non-profit US-publisher, announced the launch of a new flexible publishing channel. "PLoS Currents: Disasters" makes available research results and operational analyses derived from the study or management of all types of disasters in a timely and flexible manner. PLoS thus supports one of the core goals of the UNIDSR Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 by strengthening “the sharing of research findings, lessons learned and best practices”. The new publishing channel responds to the need to disseminate up-to-date information in the field of disaster and risk management quickly and easily, since slowness in sharing knowledge can be the difference between life or death.
All research in "PLoS Currents: Disasters" is open-access, citable and permanently archived in PubMed Central as well as indexed in Scopus and PubMed. PLoS has implemented an integrated authoring, editorial, and peer-review system called Annotum, a new publishing platform, which could cut the publishing time down to a few weeks, or even days. Authors directly compose or insert their manuscript in the web-based application and peer review occurs within it. All of the content is published under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CCBY), which means that articles are immediately free to read but more importantly can then be reused in any way, provided that the authors are attributed correctly.