By Joern Fischer
Some of you may know of the Faculty of 1000. It’s a bunch of supposed “experts” who recommend papers that might be interesting to others in the field.
The Faculty of 1000 has recently launched its own research journal for the life sciences (i.e. including things like conservation biology but not including truly broad conceptions such as sustainability science) — it’s called F1000 Research. This journal is pretty different to most (all?) others out there at the moment.
When you submit your paper, it immediately goes online. All data that was part of the work (when reasonable/ethical/legal) needs to be provided, too. Next, after it’s already online people can review the papers and say they are basically sound or not sound. If something does not get any “basically sound” ratings, it gets taken off again. If it gets “basically sound” assessments, it is then possible to write in-depth reviews for the paper. The authors can then consider those reviews and write a new version of their manuscripts. So, that part is like normal peer-review in a way, apart from the fact it’s all completely open and transparent; including who reviews; and the whole world can witness the whole process.
From what I understand — and I’d be interested in comments on this — the initial “basically sound” assessment can only be made by members of the Faculty of 1000. But then detailed peer reviews (I think?) can be submitted by anyone. I am not sure though if I understood this part correctly, so if you can confirm this (or otherwise), please use the comments field below.
And the whole thing is open access, so anyone can read it.
In many ways this sounds kind of neat. What do you think? Is this the way forward? Should we be publishing there, even though there’s no impact factor yet, and few people know of this journal? Is it kind of like PLoS One, or is it way more radical and hence better or worse?
I am trying to make up my own mind about this new journal, and for that reason, I’d be really interested in what readers of this blog think. Thanks in advance for commenting!