PLOS’s HQ in the UK is a house?? Surely some mistake.

Originally posted on my old blog

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

McDawg had three scheduled meetings yesterday whilst still in London after attending Science Online London 2009.For my final meeting, as planned, I took the express train from King’s Cross Station to Cambridge and then took a cab to the offices of the Public Library of Science (PLOS).

I was rather perplexed however at what I saw:-

In the centre of the above street view photo, you will see two blue doors. The one on the left is number 7. PLOS are based at number 7 Portugal Place. According to the Google map of that area that I printed off a week ago, I was indeed standing in Portugal Place:-

So, I was left thinking that PLOS HQ (UK) is not an office, but instead, a small terraced residential house ???? Confused? I sure as hell was. For a nano-second, I was tempted to ring the bell of number 7 but my brain told me, “there’s something not right here”.

Placed a short call to PLOS. Essentially, I was extremely close to where I was meant to be, “stay where you are and I’ll come out and get you”. “I’m wearing a PLOS ONE t-shirt”, I said. The above map is slightly misleading in that I was standing in Portugal STREET not Portugal Place.

Whilst sitting in a meeting room (within PLOS), I couldn’t help but notice a stack of colourful, in-print copies of PLOS Journals. I had no idea that PLOS used to publish in paper format several years ago. Interesting.

Very much enjoyed the discussions I had with Ginny Barbour and Theo Bloom. Thank you both kindly for taking the time out to speak with The International Man Of Mystery and Patient Advocate

Before I left, I asked if it would be OK to take a couple of photos inside PLOS HQ (UK). Since there were no objections from PLOS staff……

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