F1000 and preprints: bringing together the best of both worlds

In recent months, there has been a lot of discussion in the biology research community about the potential of preprints as a tool to accelerate the dissemination of scientific results and ideas.

Preprints in biology

While preprints are well-established in other fields of science (particularly physics, mathematics and computer science through arXiv), they are still a recent phenomenon in biology. After a slow start, the volume of preprints published in bioRxiv is growing steadily in 2016 following Ron Vale’s preprint on the topic (first posted in September 2015 in bioRxiv and later published as a Perspective in PNAS) and after the highly publicised ASAPBio meeting at which there was general support from researchers, publishers and funders. Unsurprisingly, we are now starting to see research findings published as a preprint receiving endorsement in their own right as important for others to note, and potentially use and build upon. Continue reading

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Head of Faculty wins Kavli Prize in Neuroscience

Carla Shatz

Carla Shatz

Congratulations to our Head of Neuroscience Faculty, Carla J Shatz, who has won this year’s Kavli Prize in Neuroscience. She shares the prize with Eve Marder, former Faculty Member of the Neuronal Signaling Mechanisms Section, and Michael M Merzenich ‘for the discovery of mechanisms that allow experience and neural activity to remodel brain function.’

The Kavli Prizes are presented every two years in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience to recognise pioneering advances in our understanding of existence.

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We’re headed to the Sunshine State!

By Snowman Guy [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Snowman Guy [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The weather has decided to get warm just in time for June, and the F1000 crew is ready to enjoy some sunshine. We will be visiting Philadelphia in the Keystone State for the Special Libraries Association (SLA) meeting, as well as Boston in the Bay State, for the American Society for Microbiology conference – ASM Microbe. Then on to the Sunshine State, and more precisely Orlando, for the American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Meeting. We are looking forward to seeing some old friends, making some new ones, and featuring F1000Workspace, our exclusive easy-to-use software that helps with writing, collaborating, reference management and manuscript preparation.

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EU Open Science Agenda – rethinking incentives

eu-712739_1920I am delighted to have been selected to serve on the High-Level Advisory Group ‘Open Science Policy Platform’ (OSPP) at this important juncture in the EU’s vision on bringing open science to the way research across the EU is conducted and communicated.

At the Dutch Presidency’s Open Science conference in Amsterdam in April, European Commissioner Carlos Moedas announced his vision for an Open Science Policy Platform. The meeting was attended by key players from governments, universities, funders, researchers, publishers and other interested parties, and set out a draft Open Science Agenda.

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F1000 Specialist of the Month

Dr. Sylvia Samaniego

Dr. Sylvia Samaniego

Dr. Sylvia Samaniego is a Senior Scientist at LakePharma. As F1000 Specialist she has helped organize meet-ups and assisted F1000 at conferences, among many other things. Here we asked Sylvia about her experience.

F1000 Specialists are PhD students, postdocs, clinicians and researchers who help their colleagues use F1000Prime, F1000Workspace and F1000Research, and spread the word about F1000 within their institutes. If you’d like to become an F1000 Specialist yourself and tell your own colleagues about F1000, you can sign up here.
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Ilkka Hanski has died

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Photo courtesy of Linda Tammisto

We were sad to learn that Ilkka Hanski, Head of the Ecology Faculty, passed away on May 10th after a long illness.

Dr Hanski joined F1000 as a Faculty Head in 2004. He was a highly renowned and widely cited ecologist, considered the father of metapopulation theory. A leading researcher in ecology and evolutionary biology, Ilkka Hanski was the Director of the Metapopulation Research Center at the University of Helsinki. Continue reading

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Taking the pain out of searching your notes: a year of F1000Workspace

Journals_highlighter3If you peer back through the mists of time – back to the last century – and picture an academic, it is likely her office would be full of journals, papers covered in post-it notes, highlighters and unwieldy scribblings in the margins. You may not, though, need to look so far as you probably know lots of labs and offices like this today. The evolution of technology has dramatically changed our world, but it seems to have bypassed many of our community. Continue reading

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Kindness in the lab; how to make your lab a happier place.

Have you ever wished your workplace would be a more social place? A place where, sure, you have to work hard, but you can also have a chat or a laugh with people you like being around? Below are several ideas to help you transform your lab into a nicer place to spend your time.

Random Acts of Kindness
First, I would like to introduce you to Random Acts of Kindness. A Random Act of Kindness is basically doing something nice for someone you don’t know without benefit for yourself. Although you will definitely benefit from doing this, because it’s an instant recipe for feeling good! (If you would like to read more about the original Random Acts of Kindness idea, please have a look here.)

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Featured F1000 Specialist – April 2016

Nihal Okan is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School. As F1000 Specialist he has helped organize meet-ups, invited the F1000 Outreach team to his institute, and much more. Here he tells about his experience.

If you’d like to become an F1000 Specialist yourself, and tell your own colleagues about F1000, you can sign up here.
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Widening the piste of research incentives: the opportunities of open science

This is a cross-post from the F1000Research blog.

F1000-EU3I recently attended the EU Presidency Conference on Open Science in Amsterdam.  Refreshingly (and speedily), on the day after the conference, a draft Call for Action was issued.  The challenge is for the various working groups being convened by the EC to turn the Call into action.

Open science is often talked about as a way to change what is wrong about how science is currently published, shared and incentivised.  We talk about providing open access to articles to enable access to essentially print versions of articles that would previously have been visible behind journal pay-walls, and we talk about providing alternative’ views of how an article is used, so using alt metrics) to take us beyond a reliance on journal-level metrics and academic citations.  Addressing these two issues should be among the outcomes of open science, but its goals are much more forward looking and ambitious.
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