Faculty of 1000

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F1000 (Faculty of 1000)
Parent companyScience Navigation Group
FounderVitek Tracz
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters locationLondon
Publication typesreviews, scientific journals, posters, slides
Nonfiction topicsScience
Official websitef1000.com

Faculty of 1000 (abbreviated F1000) is a publisher of services for life scientists and clinical researchers.



F1000Prime 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.[1] 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.[2] When Faculty Members recommend an article for F1000Prime, they rate it as 'Good'. F1000Prime uses the individual scores to calculate the total scores for each article, which are used to rank the articles in each discipline. The F1000Prime score is an article-level metric, or altmetric,[3][4] and is a potential indicator of the scientific impact of individual papers.[5][6]


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.[7] The journal has been criticized for unclear peer-review standards in relation to its inclusion in PubMed, but has since clarified how articles are indexed in the PubMed and PubMed Central databases.[8][9] F1000Research also publishes posters and slide presentations in biology and medicine. In October 2014, F1000Research's 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.[10]


F1000Workspace is a suite of tools to help scientists with writing, collaborating, reference management and preparation for publishing scientific papers.[11] The service was launched in May 2015.[12] It includes a Word plug-in, from which you're able to directly search PubMed, as well as save references or articles with just one click. F1000Workspace also allows you to directly annotate articles online, as well as share these notes - and whole projects - with co-authors.

F1000 Specialists[edit]

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


Faculty of 1000 was founded in 2000 by publishing entrepreneur Vitek Tracz, a scientific publishing pioneer and founder of the BioMed Central and Current Opinions journals.[13] The company is part of the Science Navigation Group, which also owns Web of Stories.

In March 2015, Tracz was featured in an article in Library Journal, titled "F1000’s Vitek Tracz: Redefining Scientific Communication",[14] discussing the problems with peer review and why he thinks it is "mortally sick".

Tracz also published an editorial piece in F1000Research in May 2015 about the "five deadly sins of science publishing", detailing the problems with the process of preparing and publishing research findings, and judging their veracity and significance. He explains how F1000 is starting to tackle these ‘deadly sins’.[15]

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 Wellcome Trust's Wellcome Open Research[18], Gates Foundation's Gates Open Research[19], University College London's, UCL Child Health Open Research[20] with more to come in the future.[21] The MNI Open Research platform was launched in August 2017.[22]

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  1. ^ Wets K, Weedon D, Velterop J (1 October 2003). "Post-publication filtering and evaluation: Faculty of 1000". Learned Publishing. ALPSP. 16 (4): 249–258. doi:10.1087/095315103322421982.
  2. ^ "The Charleston Advisor F1000Prime". The Charleston Advisor. The Charleston Company. 2014-01-01. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  3. ^ "Users, narcissism and control – tracking the impact of scholarly publications in the 21st century". SURF foundation. 2012. Retrieved 2015-06-26.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "F1000 evaluations are an indicator of future citation impact". Medical Research Council. Archived from the original on 4 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  6. ^ Waltman, Ludo (15 March 2013). "F1000 recommendations as a new data source for research evaluation: A comparison with citations". arXiv:1303.3875 [cs.DL].
  7. ^ "About". F1000Research. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  8. ^ Anderson, Kent. "PubMed and F1000 Research — Unclear Standards Applied Unevenly". Scholarly Kitchen. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  9. ^ Lawrence, Rebecca. "F1000Research now visible on PubMed and PubMed Central". F1000Research blog. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  10. ^ Lawrence, Rebecca. "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 26 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Work smart with Workspace, our new platform for writing papers". Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Faculty of 1000 Workspace". Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  13. ^ Rabesandratana, T. (2013). "The Seer of Science Publishing". Science. 342 (6154): 66–7. doi:10.1126/science.342.6154.66. PMID 24092726.
  14. ^ Henrietta Verma. "F1000's Vitek Tracz: Redefining Scientific Communication". Library Journal. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  15. ^ Tracz V (11 May 2015). "The five deadly sins of science publishing [v1; ref status: not peer reviewed, f1000r.es/5de]". F1000Research. doi:10.12688/f1000research.6488.1.
  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. 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.
  21. ^ "How it Works - Open Research Central". openresearchcentral.org. Retrieved 2017-07-14.
  22. ^ "You just can't do it alone | F1000 Blogs". blog.f1000.com. Retrieved 2017-08-31.

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