F1000 (publisher)

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F1000 logo.png
Parent companyTaylor & Francis Group
FounderVitek Tracz
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters locationLondon
Publication typesReviews, scientific articles, posters, slides
Nonfiction topicsScience
Official websitef1000.com

Faculty of 1000 (abbreviated F1000) is a publisher of services for life scientists and clinical researchers. It split in January 2020 when F1000Research, one of the F1000 services, was acquired by the Taylor & Francis Group.[1]


Faculty of 1000 was founded in 2000 by publishing entrepreneur Vitek Tracz.[2]

Ownership changes[edit]

The company was initially part of the Science Navigation Group.[citation needed] In January 2020, Taylor & Francis bought the F1000Research journal from Tracz, while Tracz retained control of F1000Prime and F1000Workspace.[1]


Faculty Opinions[edit]

Faculty Opinions (previously F1000Prime)[3] publishes recommendations of articles in biology and medicine from a "faculty" of around 6,000 scientists and clinical researchers and 5,000 more junior "associate" faculty. The service covers 32 disciplines and around 3,700 journals.[4] It previously existed as two sister sites, F1000 Biology, launched in 2002, and F1000 Medicine, launched in 2006. In 2010, these services were combined as F1000.com. The service obtained its current name in 2012.[5] When faculty members recommend an article, they rate it as "good". The individual scores are used to calculate a total score for each article, which is used to rank articles in each discipline. This score is an article-level metric, or altmetric,[6][7] and is a potential indicator of the scientific impact of individual papers.[8][9]


F1000Research is an open access, open peer review, scientific publishing platform covering the life sciences. Articles are published first and peer reviewed after publication by invited referees. The peer reviewer's names and comments are visible on the site. As part of its open science model, the data behind each article are also published and are downloadable. F1000Research publishes multiple article types including traditional research articles, single findings, case reports, protocols, replications, and null or negative results.[10] The journal was criticized for unclear peer-review standards, and for its inclusion in PubMed. A journal representative later commented on the criteria for indexing articles in the PubMed and PubMed Central databases.[11][12] F1000Research also publishes posters and slide presentations in biology and medicine.

In October 2014, managing director Rebecca Lawrence took part in a Reddit Science AMA (Ask Me Anything) as part of Open Access Week, to answer questions about the F1000Research publication format and about open science in general.[13]

In January 2020, the publisher Taylor & Francis bought F1000Research.[1]


Sciwheel, formerly F1000Workspace, is a suite of tools to help scientists with writing, collaborating, reference management and preparation for publishing scientific papers.[14] The service was launched in May 2015.[15]

F1000 Specialists[edit]

F1000 Specialists is an affiliate program aimed at experienced users and advocates of F1000 services. F1000 Specialists receive in-kind rewards in exchange for being a local representative and contact for one or more F1000 services at their organization.

Open Research Central[edit]

In July 2017, F1000 launched Open Research Central, a "central portal for open research publishing".[16][17] The model has been running on F1000Research since 2013 and current partners include the Wellcome Trust's "Wellcome Open Research",[18] Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's "Gates Open Research",[19] and University College London's "UCL Child Health Open Research".[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Price, Gary (2020-01-10). "Scholarly Publishing: Taylor & Francis Acquires F1000 Research". LJ infoDOCKET. Archived from the original on 2022-02-07. Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  2. ^ Rabesandratana, T. (2013). "The Seer of Science Publishing". Science. 342 (6154): 66–7. Bibcode:2013Sci...342...66R. doi:10.1126/science.342.6154.66. PMID 24092726.
  3. ^ Andy Thorburn (2020-06-09). "F1000Prime is now Faculty Opinions". Faculty Opinions Blog. Retrieved 2021-08-19.
  4. ^ Wets K, Weedon D, Velterop J (2003-10-01). "Post-publication filtering and evaluation: Faculty of 1000". Learned Publishing. ALPSP. 16 (4): 249–258. doi:10.1087/095315103322421982.
  5. ^ "F1000Prime". The Charleston Advisor. The Charleston Company. 2014-01-01.
  6. ^ "Users, narcissism and control – tracking the impact of scholarly publications in the 21st century". SURF foundation. 2012. Retrieved 2015-06-26.
  7. ^ Eyre-Walker A, Stoletzki N (8 October 2013). "The Assessment of Science: The Relative Merits of Post-Publication Review, the Impact Factor, and the Number of Citations". PLOS Biology. 11 (10): e1001675. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001675. PMC 3792863. PMID 24115908.
  8. ^ "F1000 evaluations are an indicator of future citation impact". Medical Research Council. Archived from the original on 2014-03-04. Retrieved 2014-03-03.
  9. ^ Waltman, Ludo (15 March 2013). "F1000 recommendations as a new data source for research evaluation: A comparison with citations". arXiv:1303.3875 [cs.DL].
  10. ^ "About". F1000Research. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  11. ^ Anderson, Kent (2013-01-15). "PubMed and F1000 Research — Unclear Standards Applied Unevenly". Scholarly Kitchen. Retrieved 2013-08-14.
  12. ^ Lawrence, Rebecca (2013-12-12). "F1000Research now visible on PubMed and PubMed Central". F1000Research blog. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
  13. ^ Lawrence, Rebecca (2014-10-21). "Science AMA Series: I'm Rebecca Lawrence, Managing Director of F1000Research, an Open Science publishing platform designed to turn traditional publishing models on their head. The journal is dead – discuss, and AMA". Reddit. Retrieved 2015-06-26.
  14. ^ "Work smart with Workspace, our new platform for writing papers". 2015-05-06. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  15. ^ "Faculty of 1000 Workspace". Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia. Retrieved 2015-06-26.
  16. ^ "Open Research Central". openresearchcentral.org. Retrieved 2017-07-14.
  17. ^ "ORC – Open Research Central: 'repulsive and malevolent' or 'lover of rebellion and freedom' | F1000 Blogs". blog.f1000.com. 12 July 2017. Retrieved 2017-07-14.
  18. ^ "Wellcome Open Research". wellcomeopenresearch.org. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  19. ^ "Gates Open Research provides all Gates researchers with a place to rapidly publish any results they think are worth sharing". gatesopenresearch.org. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  20. ^ "UCL Child Health Open Research". childhealthopenresearch.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-11-07.

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