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F1000Research Aims to Reduce Publication Bias
Open access life sciences journal, F1000Research, is taking a stand to reduce positive bias in the publication record, urging scientists to publish all valid results, including negative and null findings. From now until the end of August 2013, F1000Research is waiving its article-processing fees on all articles that present negative or null results.
Many manuscripts based on carefully designed and executed experiments are turned down by traditional journals simply because they don’t report an exciting new finding. F1000Research seeks to reduce this publication bias by encouraging the submission of all sound science.
F1000Research publishes a range of article types across the life sciences, using a transparent model of post-publication peer review and an open and inclusive approach to data sharing. The journal’s aim of opening up scientific research extends to supporting the publication of research that otherwise often goes unpublished, which particularly includes a large corpus of high-quality but negative data. This is why F1000Research is now announcing a grace period until Aug. 31, during which researchers can submit their negative results at no cost. F1000Research has already published some significant null or negative studies that were rejected by other journals.
All articles submitted to F1000Research are first subject to an in-house editorial check. Those that pass this check are then published online immediately and sent to selected peer reviewers. The peer review process is transparent, with all referee names and reports visible. Only articles that receive sufficient positive reviews from referees will be indexed in external databases such as PubMed.
Researchers wishing to take advantage of the offer to have the article processing fee waived for negative results papers submitted before Aug. 31, 2013 can use code NR13 when submitting their manuscripts.
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