Wiley/F1000Research pilot gives authors submission option

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John Wiley & Sons has launched a six-month pilot programme in partnership with F1000Research.

The pilot is aimed at offering authors whose articles don’t meet the specific criteria for publication in five Wiley journals the option to submit their manuscript to F1000Research, giving authors a process to get their work quickly and easily published online.

F1000Research is an Open Science publishing platform for all life scientists, offering immediate publication and transparent refereeing. It publishes biological and medical research articles that meet a set of basic criteria within a few days of submission, after which they are formally peer-reviewed using a completely open process.

The pilot program will help Wiley to assess the popularity of this service which will enable authors to quickly transfer manuscripts to a broad open access biomedical journal and to ascertain whether authors are open to the idea of publishing prior to peer review.

'The F1000Research publishing model is designed to remove the often significant delay in releasing new scientific knowledge, enabling other researchers to benefit from, and build upon, new information much more rapidly,' said Rebecca Lawrence, managing director at F1000Research.

'Our model reduces the bias in the peer review process by publishing the referee names and their reports alongside the article. We are delighted to take part in this exciting pilot with Wiley as it will enable authors to focus their time on making the next scientific discovery rather than on trying to find a suitable journal to share discoveries already made.'

Rachel Burley, vice president of business development and open access at Wiley, added: 'We know that speed to publication is a priority for many authors. This exciting collaboration offers authors the option of quickly transferring their manuscripts to F1000Research for immediate publication and peer review without the need to find another suitable specialist journal for their work. We will also be able to assess author receptivity to new models of peer review.'

The journals taking part in the initial six-month pilot are:

  • Journal of Separation Science;
  • Electrophoresis;
  • Plant, Cell & Environment;
  • Journal of Medical Virology; and
  • Journal of Pediatric Dermatology.