Peer Review Week 2016

243202_final-artwork-900x300Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, we are delighted to announce that the 2nd Peer Review Week will be held from 19th to 25th September 2016.

Peer Review Week is a global event celebrating the essential role that peer review plays in maintaining scientific quality. The event brings together individuals, institutions, and organizations committed to sharing the central message that good peer review, whatever shape or form it might take, is critical to scholarly communications.

This year’s theme is Recognition for Review, exploring all aspects of how those participating in review activity – in publishing, grant review, conference submissions, promotion and tenure, and more – should be recognized for their contribution.

Planned activities include virtual and in-person events including webinars, videos, interviews and social media activities designed to improve understanding of the principle of peer review and how it is practiced within the scholarly community.

Plans and events for Peer Review Week will be announced via the Peer Review Week website in the coming weeks, and we hope that it will achieve our goal of engaging everyone who cares about peer review in a few days of celebrations and discussions.

We also hope that you will help support Peer Review Week by engaging with our social media campaign, sharing our content and perhaps creating your own (resources are available here).

If you are planning an event and would like it to be featured on the Peer Review Week website, please send a brief description of the event to, using the subject line “Peer Review Week”.

For more information about Peer Review Week, please visit

Join the conversation on Twitter #PeerRevWk16 and #RecognizeReview.


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Another Candle On The Cake!


F1000Prime celebrates its 15th birthday and so, to celebrate this auspicious occasion, Steven Lokwan, Director of Operations, takes a nostalgic trip down memory lane to reminisce on how we got to where we are today.

Steven Lokwan

Steven Lokwan

My, how quickly time passes! It’s hard to believe, but there was a time before F1000Prime or, as we knew it in the early days – Faculty of 1000 Biology. For those too young to remember, it was when a 56k dial-up internet connection was considered cutting edge and the humble fax machine still had pride of place in the office, but more on that later…

The aim of Faculty of 1000 Biology was, as it still is today in our current form as F1000Prime, to sing the praises of research by systematically and comprehensively highlighting the best articles based on the opinion of a peer-nominated Faculty comprising 1000 of the world’s most prestigious scientists — see, the name did make sense back then — though it quickly became apparent that, even for launch, we’d need a few more than a ‘mere’ 1000 Faculty Members to fully cover all fields.

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‘You can always learn more from good advice than a good result.’

Dr Maria-Paz Ramos

Dr Maria-Paz Ramos

Maria-Paz Ramos is July’s “F1000 Specialist of the Month”. She obtained her PhD in Biomedical Sciences at Einstein in NYC, working on stem cells and epigenetic transcriptional regulation. After living in the US for 8 years, she went back to Chile in order to contribute to the science progression in her country. 

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, you can sign up here.

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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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