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Why publish with F1000Research?

F1000Research, an F1000 publishing Platform, is committed to helping researchers in Africa and South Africa make a global impact with their research.

Our publishing model lets researchers take the lead on what, when, and how to publish research findings. Publish openly with us so you:

  • Don’t have to wait for your research to start making an impact with rapid publication and transparent peer review

  • Make your findings openly available worldwide to researchers, policymakers, and the public

  • Increase the visibility of your work and its potential to make a real difference

  • Join your peers from some of Africa and South Africa’s leading research institutions

  • Receive additional support through discounts or waivers if your main funder is Research4Life eligible

  • Benefit from indexation in Scopus and PubMed by publishing with a South Africa DHET-accredited publication

        How to publish with F1000: the workshop

              Watch our 30-minute F1000 workshop on demand to learn how to make your research publishable. We’ll cover:

              • The basics of open access, open data, and open peer review

              • How F1000Research differs from traditional journals

              • Strategies to maximize the impact of your research

              • How to avoid rejection at F1000

              What are the benefits?

              Choosing where to publish is an important decision for every author.

              When you choose our publishing Platform over a traditional journal you:

              • Maximize impact through the open access citation advantage

              • Increase discoverability enabling interdisciplinary collaboration on a global scale

              • Make a greater impact by sharing your data openly

                • Get recognition and citations for all your research outputs

                • Demonstrate research quality and integrity by sharing data openly

                Maximize your research impact with rapid publication

                Our speed of publication is among the top reasons our authors choose to publish with us.

                In fact, our current turnaround time from submission to publication allows us to publish 3 times faster than the average scholar publisher, based on a recent study on Scholarly Kitchen.

                With F1000Research, your work becomes easily and immediately accessible to others and can inform responses to societal challenges in real time.

                Avoid publication delays with our open peer review process

                Unlike most traditional publishers, peer review on F1000Research takes place after an article has been published openly on the Platform.

                This gives immediate access to those who need it most so they can read and use your research right away while while expert reviewers assess it. 

                A reviewer status next to each article makes it clear to readers whether a paper has been peer reviewed. Reviewer names and their reports are also published alongside articles minimizing the potential for bias.

                You can also view full reviewer reports and reply to reviewers with comments when you upload a revision.

                      Accelerate the pace of discovery with open data

                      As part of our open data policy, we ask our authors to share all data underlying their research findings in an open format, together with details of any software used to process the results.

                      It is essential that others can see the source data in order to be able to replicate the study and analyze the data, as well as in some circumstances, reuse it. But, what’s in it for you?

                      Icon of document with a tick representing credibilityBoost the credibility of your research
                      Open data enables replication and validation of your research, which in turn boosts its credibility and robustness. By sharing your data openly, your entire research project becomes more transparent.

                      Enhance the visibility of your research
                      Increase the discoverability of your research by reciprocally linking your article and its related datasets. Plus describing your data with rich, meaningful, machine-readable metadata makes it easy for humans and computers to find use.

                      Progress in your career
                      Researchers can benefit from increased credit and recognition for their outputs by sharing their research data, which in turn may lead to increased opportunities for collaboration – even across disciplines. Plus, one 2019 study suggests that open data can generate up to 25% more citations!

                      Develop a better understanding of your field
                      Open data supports learning and enables a deeper, richer understanding of the research topic – this is particularly useful in teaching, as students are able to interrogate raw research data for themselves.

                      How our publishing Platform differs from traditional journals

                              Authors can publish all their research outputs, not only Research Articles or Reviews.
                              This creates greater opportunities to publish citable research in the form of Data Notes, Software Tool Articles, Case Studies, and more.

                              We welcome submissions from all disciplines, from the life sciences to the humanities and the social sciences.
                              F1000Research is multidisciplinary and has subject-specific areas on the Platform, known as Gateways, to thematically group research.

                              We accept articles based on research quality, not research novelty.
                              All articles that meet our quality and ethical standards are published. We encourage the publication of confirmatory or null results.

                              Open peer review takes place after publication.
                              Articles that pass our pre-publication checks are immediately published and citable. Invited peer reviewers then conduct peer review and post their reports alongside the published article.

                                    Diversify your research output with F1000Research

                                    At F1000Research, we let authors decide what form they wish to publish their research in. That’s why we offer many article types that go beyond the traditional Research Article so that you can tell the full story and maximize the potential of your research.

                                      Supporting African researchers with fee discounts and waivers

                                      F1000Research fully supports the Research4Life Access to Research in Health Programme. For articles presenting original research:

                                      • A full waiver is given to authors whose main funder is in the HINARI Group A countries

                                      • A 50% discount to authors whose main funder is in Group B countries

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