Supports publication of a wide range of outputs - from standard research articles to data sets, from new insights to confirmatory or negative results.
Authors can choose referees most appropriate to their subject and whose opinions they value, and can cite the open referee comments that vouch for the quality of their work.
The inclusion of supporting data facilitates reanalysis, replication and reuse and thus improves reproducibility.
How will the publishing model work?
Gates Open Research enables authors to control the publication process themselves: submitted articles and their accompanying source data are published after a rapid set of objective checks, ensuring that basic scholarly publication policies and standards are adhered to. The published articles then undergo invited and transparent peer review (referee names and the referee report are published alongside the article). Authors can then revise and update their articles when and how they wish. Articles that reach an adequate level of positive formal peer review will be indexed in PubMed and elsewhere.
Gates Open Research will publish any research that has been funded or co-funded by the foundation. This includes different types of studies, data sets, negative/null results, case reports, incremental findings, as well as larger research articles with substantial analyses.
Who owns Gates Open Research?
The publishing platform is owned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and will use technology provided by F1000.
Why can only grantees of the Gates Foundation publish on this platform?
With this platform, the foundation enables its grantees to publish all their research, increasing the sharing of results coming out of grants funded by the foundation.
We join Wellcome, another large funder of biomedical research in the U.K., which already uses a similar publishing platform for Wellcome-funded research - Wellcome Open Research.
Are grantees of the Gates Foundation required to publish their research outputs on Gates Open Research?
No, grantees can continue to choose where they wish to publish their research as long as it meets the foundation’s Open Access Policy requirements. However, we hope that the benefits of publishing on Gates Open Research, in particular the speed and ease of publication without hurdles, the transparency of the peer-review process, and the flexibility to publish a wide variety of research outputs, will persuade many grantees to consider this platform for their articles.
How will the foundation evaluate the outputs of its grantees who publish on Gates Open Research?
The foundation strongly supports initiatives aimed towards direct evaluation of research and that all outputs should be judged on their own merit regardless of the venue of publication. Gates Open Research is fully embedded in the established scholarly publication framework, ensuring all publishing standards are adhered to. Article-level metrics (e.g. citations, views, downloads, altmetrics) will enable direct evaluation of the research output itself, and are in line with initiatives that aim to improve the evidence base on which researchers are evaluated.
How does this platform relate to Chronos?
Chronos is also a new service provided by the foundation to make it easier for Gates-funded researchers to manage the open access publishing process. Authors will be able to select Gates Open Research from a list of journals that comply with the foundation’s open access policy. Chronos takes care of publisher payment processing, including the charges levied by F1000.
What will it cost to publish on this platform?
There will be no charge for authors. All publishing costs will be covered directly by the Gates Foundation, which will pay the service provider, F1000, a fixed charge (between $150 and $1000) per published article. F1000 will provide editorial, production and administrative support to authors throughout the publication and post-publication peer review process.
Is Gates Open Research a preprint server like bioRxiv?
No, Gates Open Research is similar to a preprint server in that authors can publish immediately anything they wish to share. A crucial difference from preprints is that all articles on Gates Open Research undergo formal, invited peer review, and those articles that pass peer review are indexed in major bibliographic databases and are hence part of the formal scholarly literature.