@F1000Research, another #OpenAccess journal publishing in ecology

In response to my recent posts on open access journals (here and here), I received a kind email from Michael Markie at Faculty of 1000 pumping up their new journal, F1000Research. The first thing I noticed was that their name sounds like an American-made pick-up truck, but one designed for academics. The second thing that I noticed was their business model and form of review and publication. It appears that one submits an article, and the accompanying data and it is published internally as an F1000Research manuscript with very basic review. Following this initial review, the data and manuscript will go out for peer review, and upon sufficient peer approval (which is also made openly available), the article is revised as reviewers recommend and made freely available, indexed with the major players of academic indexing. F1000Research also accepts data articles and negative results, offering free submission of negative results through August, in addition to the usual submission rates for other more traditional communications. I really, really like that all articles include the full data as right now I am a member of three different independent data/code/research archiving sites. If the trend of journals requiring data to accompany submissions picks up, pretty soon all journals will require full data, not just ESA journals who merely encourage data placement into Ecological Archives.

Way down below is the full text from Michael's correspondence. It seems that like PeerJ, they're actively soliciting submissions to earn their market share in the open access world. It also seems that the early days of open access journals are a make-or-break time, so it will be interesting to see if F1000's other popular products (namely F1000Prime, which sounds like a space robot) will generate interest in this new and intriguing open access venture. In the name of open science, I am excited to see new entries into the market (for now), but I realize that ecologists may grow tired of journals that publish in all branches of science rather than disciplinary or subdisciplinary open access ecology journals like Ecosphere or Riparian Ecology and Conservation.

See Michael's introduction below for more details on their product and links to a few papers:

Dear Nate,

I hope you are well, I have just been following your blog as of late and noticed you are interested in open access journals that publish on topics in ecology, and thus I would like to throw our journal F1000Research into the ring!
I’m not too sure how familiar you are with F1000Research (http://f1000research.com/) our new open access journal? We officially launched at the start of this year and have published nearly 200 articles to date. As the first Open Science journal for life scientists (see our Open Science statement), we offer significant advantages to authors that differ from other Open Access publisher’s such as PLoS One and BioMed Central (see http://f1000research.com/submit for details). 
The main differences from us and traditional OA journals apart from our completely transparent, post publication peer review system is the speed in which we publish articles (normally in under 14 days) and the wide range of article types we accept that other journals traditionally don’t (negative/null findings, data-only articles etc.). We also ensure that research is always accompanied by the complete dataset on which they are based, provided in a form enabling confirmation or reuse of the data by other researchers. These are all new facets of publishing that have excited the scientific community thus far. The F1000Research advisors and Board members include big Ecology names such as Simon Levin, Harold Mooney, Kevin Gaston and many more -  see the full list of Advisory Panel (http://f1000research.com/advisory-panel) and Editorial Board (http://f1000research.com/editorial-board).

We have had some really well accessed and popular ecology papers so far:

So as we are currently encouraging people to try out our new publication model, we would be delighted to offer you a free submission to the journal to try us out. If this is of interest to you then please let me know.



Michael Markie
Acquistions Editor, F1000Research
Editor, F1000Posters