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Wellcome Open Research platform open for submissions

Published Tuesday 1 November 2016

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All researchers funded by Wellcome Trust are eligible

The new Wellcome Open Research publishing platform is open for submissions from all researchers funded by the Wellcome Trust.

The Wellcome Trust has recently launched Wellcome Open Research, a platform which facilitates publishing a range of scholarly outputs Open Access. Wellcome Open Research offers rapid publication of your research followed by a transparent, post-publication, invited peer review process, free of cost to researchers funded by the Wellcome Trust.

This new open publishing model shifts away from current mainstream publishing practices, where journal reputation and impact factor can dictate where researchers publish, often outweighing researchers' concerns for article processing charges and the way in which research findings are peer reviewed and disseminated.

Robert Kiley, Head of Digital Services, Wellcome Trust, stated

One of the long-term aims of this approach is to start a shift in research and researcher assessment away from journal-based measures and towards direct assessment of the output itself, whether it be an article, or in another form such as a dataset or software tool.

Wellcome Open Research publishes all kinds of research outputs, including clinical trials, datasets, systematic reviews, method articles and study protocols. Authors retain the full rights to their work and are responsible for the content of their submissions. There is no editorial bias and the publication of null findings is encouraged. The emphasis is on transparency, reproducibility and avoiding unnecessary duplication of research effort. Research data is made available alongside research papers.

The editorial team conducts rapid checks on all submissions to ensure that articles follow author, ethical and editorial guidelines, and are written intelligibly. If articles pass initial checks, they are published within an average of just seven days from submission. Articles that fail editorial team checks will be returned to authors to address issues. Once published, authors are responsible for finding suitable unbiased referees to provide reports on their articles.  Constructive feedback from experts is encouraged to help researchers to improve their work. The peer review status of articles is noted transparently throughout all stages of the peer review process, and referees' reports are displayed alongside articles. Once an article receives two "Approved" statuses, or two "Approved with Reservations" statuses and one "Approved" status, it will be indexed in PubMed and Europe PMC.