We cover all areas of life sciences, but we know that different fields each have their own unique characteristics, and some features of our journal are of particular interest to certain disciplines.
For the coming months, one area we’ll be focussing on is ecology. To encourage ecologists to try F1000Research, we’re waiving the article processing charge for all first submissions of an ecology paper until 2014. (Use code ECOL15 when submitting).
“F1000Research is an ideal venue for publishing an ecology paper. Research, which includes full datasets, is openly available and its speed of publication and transparency in reviews makes it a refreshing alternative to traditional publishing.”
Gary Luck, Institute for Land, Water and Society, Charles Sturt University, Australia
Three good reasons to send your ecology papers to F1000Research:
1. Quickly reach a wide audience
All articles are fully open access and include all data, and with our post-publication peer review model, your article can be online within a week. (Find out more about our speedy publication process.)
2. Report from the field
Data articles include methods and results, without any conclusions or interpretations. This means they’re quick to write, and you can report field data before you even return from field work. Most publishers have confirmed that they will still publish a full research article based on F1000Research data articles, and the list includes several ecology journals and publishers.
In a few weeks we will also announce a new type of article, which will allow you to publish serendipitous observations: things you’ve seen during field work that were interesting and worth reporting, but for which you had no hypothesis or methodology. Our Editorial Board member Ferdinando Boero has recently written an opinion article on why he thinks publishing observations are important, and you’ll hear more about these papers soon when we publish the first one in the next couple of weeks.
Both data articles and observation articles are at the much lower article processing charge of $500 compared with $1000 for full-length articles. (Of course, as mentioned above, your first F1000Research ecology article will be free if you submit before year end, so this is just something to note for the future!)
3. More engagement for citizen scientists
Many areas of ecology use citizen scientists to help with data collection. With F1000Research, they can engage more actively with the final publication of the work. Everything is open, and we include all data, so participants can see how the data they collected fits into the complete research project. They can also comment on the article, or leave a response to one of the public referee reports.
Tell us your thoughts!
We’d love to hear your feedback about the various features of F1000Research, and how we can help you publish your research effectively. You can leave a comment here, or visit our booth at the INTECOL conference in London later this month.
And remember to take advantage of our free offer for ecologists! Submit your first F1000Research ecology paper before the end of December with code ECOL15 and we will waive the article processing charges. This is valid for all fields of ecology, from plant ecology to marine biology.
(Images from two F1000Research ecology papers: “Longhorned beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) diversity in a fragmented temperate forest landscape” and “An a posteriori measure of network modularity“)