F1000Research agrees OA deal with Max Planck Digital Library

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F1000 and the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) have reached an agreement whereby MPDL will cover the cost for Max Planck Society-affiliated authors to publish on F1000Research. 

 The F1000Research publishing model has been designed to remove barriers and delays that researchers can face when sharing their research findings. It operates a post-publication, open peer review publishing model that it says combines the benefits of pre-printing with expert peer review.

F1000Research also provides a route to achieving immediate ‘gold’ open access (OA); all content is licenced by the authors under Creative Commons licenses (CC-BY for articles or CC0 for research data) and available without charge for others to view, access and use. F1000Research is fully compliant with research funder and institution OA requirements, which is particularly relevant given recent developments relating to Plan S. 

Rebecca Lawrence, managing director at F1000, said: 'We are excited to be working alongside the MPDL in its aim to drive OA uptake among Max Planck researchers and to make research as discoverable, accessible and useable as possible.'

Kai Geschun, open access and license manager at MPDL, added: 'F1000Research excellently demonstrates how open access innovates scholarly publishing in terms of transparency, swiftness, inclusiveness, and costs. We are happy to include this pioneering journal in our offer of centrally funded open access publishing venues.' 

Since its introduction, F1000Research has seen increasing adoption among researchers and F1000 is now working with a number of high-profile funding agencies, research institutions and organisations across the world, including the Wellcome Trust, Gates Foundation and African Academy of Sciences, to provide open research and data publishing services.

Authors at Max Planck Institutes also have access to the related services F1000Prime and F1000Workspace. F1000Prime is a literature recommendation service helping researchers to quickly discover the articles of greatest relevance to their work, while F1000Workspace is a suite of tools to help researchers to work collaboratively to discover, organise and discuss the literature and use this to support them in writing their manuscripts.