PLoS is launching the PLoS Synthetic Biology Community ( as a hub to allow readers and authors of synthetic biology literature to gather in one place. This resource will provide informal online avenues for researcher collaboration and discussion of PLOS-published research, it will help promote the synthetic biology collection, and it will contribute to demonstrate the benefits of open access thereby encouraging future submissions of synthetic biology manuscripts to the PLoS Journals. More information about the PLoS Synthetic Biology Community including instructions on how to participate is available on the community blog.