'F1000' Will Make Science Faster and Transparent | RealClearScience
"'Science news' is never actually new. When scientists publish a new scientific discovery, that discovery is at least several months old. It has gone through a long and anonymous review process that is meant to check and improve published research, but often ends up holding back the dissemination of new research. F1000Research is on a mission to change this system, and make scientific publishing faster and more transparent ... To solve these issues, F1000Research has developed a new way of publishing science. By using a combination of immediate publication, transparent refereeing, removal of editorial bias, and inclusion of all supporting data, this model enables the scientific community to have all the information they need to properly evaluate new scientific findings, and allows research to be published much faster. Rather than waiting several months for peer reviewers to critique the article and the authors to respond and make changes, F1000Research publishes manuscripts immediately after a brief in-house check (to ensure the manuscript is meeting ethical and editorial requirements). The peer review process then happens after the paper has been published: F1000Research invites expert reviewers, but doesn’t keep them anonymous. The reviews, along with the names and affiliations of the reviewers, are published alongside the paper. After peer review, authors can create an independently citable new version of their article, to accommodate referee suggestions, revisions, and updates to their work. The new version is accompanied by an update box, which tells the readers what has changed from the previous version. Once an article passes peer review, it will be open access and indexed in scholarly databases, such as PubMed, giving the article a much larger audience ... To further improve the sharing of new discoveries, F1000Research also asks authors to share the underlying data that they used to create the figures in their paper. By making the data available, researchers, referees and readers can access the data, check it, reuse it, and pave the way for more reliable scientific reporting ..."