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Introducing Policy Briefs to maximise the potential of evidence-based policy

Policy Briefs will now be published as stand-alone articles on F1000Research. Gearoid O Faolean, Publisher at F1000, introduces the new article type and its importance for bridging the gap between research and policy.

Previously Policy Briefs have been published alongside research articles, meaning they have not always achieved the prominence needed to help to implement change. Being hidden away, these valuable findings and recommendations could be overlooked, rather than reaching key stakeholders and being used to make informed decisions to drive change, whether this be for education, health or the environment. 

Publishing with F1000Research enables researchers to gain the credit they deserve with the rapid dissemination of research. A Policy Brief is short, succinct, concise and should be no longer than 3000 words in length. Once submitted your Policy Brief will undergo open and transparent peer review, which promotes constructive feedback and open discussion.

Publish across a wide variety of disciplines such as those below: 

  • Psychology
  • Public health
  • Environment and agriculture 
  • Sociology
  • Education
  • Social issues 

We would like to support you throughout the process and help you to join experts in your field by publishing cutting-edge research that can positively influence the future. Get in touch or take a look at our comprehensive website which has a detailed 'Preparing a Policy Brief' and 'About' section. 

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Preparing a Policy Brief

Ready to publish your Policy Brief? Read our author guidelines before submission to ensure you have prepared your recommendation correctly.
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Why Publish with F1000Research?

  • Immediate open access publication of research in as little as 14 days.
  • Transparent, post-publication peer review by invited experts so authors can liaise directly with them.
  • Gives authors greater control and boosts the credibility of their research. 
  • A range of article types including research and review articles, case studies, data notes, software tools and more.
  • Inclusion of all source materials and data to help further the open research movement.
  • Plus, one 2019 study suggests that open data can generate up to 25% more citations

Hot off the press: F1000Research has published its first Policy Brief

Global resilience through knowledge-based cooperation: a new Protocol for Science Diplomacy is Featured in the Research on Research, Policy & Culture Gateway and awaiting peer review. The article shares a new protocol for science diplomacy to support the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Introducing Policy Briefs to maximize the potential of evidence-based policy

Policy Briefs are clear and concise articles written for non-specialist audiences. Evidence of policy-related issues and the proposed solutions are presented in non-technical and jargon-free language, so they are an effective way of bringing important research and evidence-based policy to the attention of local authorities, policy makers and governments.

“Policy briefs have no use, if they’re not freely accessible to a wide audience. They should convey and translate research results and conclusions to the practitioner community. An open access platform with transparent peer-review process, such as F1000Research, accomplishes this. Add to that a professional language and editing service and you have increased your chances of achieving the intended societal impact!”

-Ewert Aukes, Corresponding Author, Global resilience through knowledge-based cooperation: a new Protocol for Science Diplomacy [version 1; peer review: awaiting peer review]

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F1000Research advocates for transparency and reproducibility in research, and our unique publishing model supports this at every stage. Articles can be published in as few as 14 days, with post-publication peer review creating an open dialogue between authors and their research community.

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