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Bioinformatics plays an important part in the development of emerging technologies within biology. Ensuring research outputs and data in this area are open access, rapidly available and reproducible is critical to giving us the best chance to meet these challenges, and to ensuring a more equitable and sustainable future for all.

At F1000Research, we feel strongly about representing a broad range of topics within bioinformatics, publishing and disseminating research in a discoverable, useable, and reproducible way. 

F1000Research is the ideal publishing platform for all your bioinformatics research outputs – from traditional Research Articles to more unique formats, such as Software Tool Articles, Data Notes, and Method Articles. We offer rapid, open publication as standard, meaning your article could be published rapidly, so your work can start to make impact sooner. All articles undergo post-publication peer review, with expert reviews freely available. F1000Research operates a unique post-publication open peer review process, enabling authors to engage with their reviewers transparently, whilst also making the research available to a global audience as quickly as possible.

Combining this unique publication model with our progressive Open Data Policy makes F1000Research the perfect home for bioinformatics research with the potential to make real-world impact.


Author Guidelines

Ready to submit your bioinformatics research? Read our author guidelines now, to ensure you’ve prepared your article correctly for submission to F1000Research.

Find the perfect home for your research

At F1000Research, there are a number of different publishing options to make the most of your bioinformatics research. Our Gateways provide personalized portals for regular publications from scholarly societies, funders, institutions and communities. Our Gateways provide thematic content hubs which collect together publications related to a particular organisation or research community. Submitting your article to a Gateway ensures additional visibility for your work and publication alongside other high quality contributions from your research community.

International Society for Computational Biology Community Journal

The ISCB Community Journal is a publishing venue for all ISCB Members, Communities of Special Interest and official and affiliated ISCB conferences.


The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) provides freely available data and bioinformatics resources that support life-science research, and performs basic research in computational biology.

The ELIXIR Gateway

ELIXIR unites Europe’s leading life science organisations in managing and safeguarding the increasing volume of data being generated by publicly funded research.


This gateway provides a place for researchers and developers using Cytoscape to publish software tool articles to promote their Cytoscape Apps.

Research outputs come in many forms. So do our article types.

At F1000Research, we really hate research waste. That’s why we welcome traditional Research Articles describing confirmatory or negative results, and why we publish null studies. It’s also why we offer a range of less traditional publishing formats, so that all forms of research output can get the credit they deserve. 

Software Tool Articles

These articles describe novel software tools created to support or conduct research in any field, including physical sciences. The articles explain:

  • Why the software was developed
  • Details of the code, method, and analysis used
  • Tips on how to maximize the tool’s potential

Software Tool Articles offer research software engineers a great way to get credit for their work, and increase the visibility of their novel software tools so that other researchers can use them too.

Data Notes

Effective data sharing extends way beyond simply depositing your scientific dataset in a repository. Data Notes make your dataset more discoverable, useable and reproducible by providing a detailed description of the data itself – without any analyses or conclusions. This format gives much-needed credit to data producers who often go unrecognized, and could even support new research collaborations across different fields of study.

Method Article

Method Articles describe new and well tested experimental, observational, theoretical or computational methods or procedures, either quantitative or qualitative. This includes new study methods, substantive modifications to existing methods or innovative applications of existing methods to new models or scientific questions. We welcome technical articles that describe tools that facilitate the design or performance of experiments, provide data analysis features or assist medical treatment.

Research Software Publishing: Challenges & Opportunities

In this presentation Vicky Hellon, Associate Publisher at F1000Research, explores how Software Tool Articles can support research software engineers, including:

  • What challenges face software developers working in research?
  • What does the future of software publishing look like?
  • What are Software Tool Articles on F1000Research?

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We've prepared guidelines for every article type we publish, from Research Articles to Data Notes. Check the relevant instructions for authors to ensure that you've prepared your paper correctly for submission to F1000Research.

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