F1000Research, an open science journal

F1000Research is the first Open Science Publisher and we work strictly within the rules below. We also provide a range of services that make the submission of research findings and the relevant data as easy as possible. We encourage communication and commentary between authors and readers, and we provide tools for readers so that they can make efficient use of the information we publish. We aim to be an effective and ethical publisher servicing the needs of researchers.

Our Model

Final Submission to Publication DAYS
Article submission
In-house pre-publication check
+ Data repository
Open refereeing
+ User commenting
Article revision

Our approach to Open Science publishing means:

No Publication Delay
The traditional system of publishing research findings produces an inevitable delay of months, often over a year. This is due to a number of factors, chief among them being the way refereeing is implemented. F1000Research publishes all submitted research articles rapidly - after a quick internal check for obvious inappropriateness - making the new research findings open for scrutiny by all who want to read them. This publication then triggers a structured process of post-publication peer review, and the status of that process is clearly stated at all times. Avoiding lengthy delay in making new findings available can bring significant benefits to authors and readers.
All Data Included
We believe that it is essential in reporting new findings to provide a full set of data on which the findings are based (being sensitive to areas where there are genuine data protection issues), in a form that other scientists can use. This enables others to judge the validity of the report, repeat and verify the findings, and combine the data with other data to seek deeper understandings and new findings. This is an ambitious goal, but F1000Research is working hard to come as close to achieving this as is practical. We continue to seek close collaborations with the many groups currently developing tools to improve the presentation and storage options for data in forms that can be actively explored and manipulated.
Post-publication Peer Review
F1000Research carries out full and thorough peer review, ensuring as far as possible that every article is refereed by at least two nominated experts. The peer-review process is triggered by the rapid publication of the article, and the peer review status is always clearly visible as part of the essential citation information for each article. All papers that pass peer review will be placed in PubMed Central and listed in PubMed and other significant bibliographic databases.
Open Refereeing
F1000Research believes that there are many benefits in completely removing the traditional secrecy and anonymity of peer review. All referee responses are published as soon as they are received, with the names and affiliations of the referees openly stated.
Full Open Access
F1000Research is produced by part of the group that launched BioMed Central, one of the first to enter the battle to remove the restriction of access to published research findings. The benefits of Open Access are now generally accepted and we believe it will become the standard in science publishing, especially in biology and medicine. F1000Research ensures full unrestricted access to all the articles we publish, and we encourage reuse and redistribution of published articles and data - providing that the integrity of the information is maintained and attribution to authorship is always provided.
Our goal is to improve the way research findings are communicated, and the key points we describe above are the rules we have set ourselves in order to achieve this. If we succeed, we believe that F1000Research and others like it will bring significant benefit to scientific communication, and communication is the very essence of scientific research. We recognise that what we have detailed above will be hard to do, and we know it is ambitious. We will be open to criticism and we will work with our authors, readers and referees to make our systems better, day by day, as we continue to develop the many new tools and practices needed for Open Science publishing.
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