Bev Acreman Is Appointed Commercial Director of F1000

Bev AcremanWe’re pleased to announce that Bev Acreman has been appointed Commercial Director of F1000.

Bev, who will take up the post at the beginning of April, was formerly Vice President of Marketing & Sales, Open Research, at Springer Nature – a global research, educational and professional publisher.

At Springer Nature, part of Bev’s role included a focus on collaborating with Chinese funders and universities to build a solid infrastructure and understanding of Open Access in this hugely important scientific market.

She has spoken at Chinese conferences organized by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Chinese Association for Science and Technology (CAST). She also set up and ran the inaugural Open Access Asia (OASPA) conference in Bangkok in 2014.

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Announcing the F1000 Specialist of the Year 2015

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It’s award season again! And that means it’s time to announce the F1000 Specialist of the Year 2015.

Last year was extremely busy for many of our F1000 Specialists, which made the decision even harder than in 2014. After a long round of deliberations, we’re pleased to highlight the achievements of five F1000 Specialists, one of whom takes away the title for F1000 Specialist of the Year 2015.

Cue drum roll please!
And the winner is…

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F1000 Faculty win top prizes in Israel and Germany

The Wolf Prize in Israel and the Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize in Germany are both prestigious awards that are sometimes used as indicators of potential future chances of a Nobel Prize. We’re therefore very proud to find F1000 Faculty among this year’s winners of both prizes!

Stuart Schreiber, Head of Faculty for Chemical Biology, and Lewis Cantley, Section Head for Cell Signalling, have both won a shared Wolf Prize this year. The prize is awarded annually by the Wolf Foundation in Israel, to support the work of outstanding individuals in select fields, internationally.

SchreiberSchreiber is Director of Chemical Biology and Founding Member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, where he is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. He is also the Morris Loeb Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. Schreiber shares the Wolf Prize in Chemistry with Kyriacos Nicolaou. With this prize, he is recognized for chemical insights into the logic of signal transduction and gene regulation, and for advancing chemical biology and medicine through the discovery of small-molecule probes.

CantleyLewis Cantley shares the Wolf Prize in Medicine with Harvard’s Ronald Kahn. Cantley is  the Margaret and Herman Sokol Professor and Director of the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital. His discovery of phosphoinositide-3 kinases and their roles in physiology and disease earned him his share of the prize.

AllisonIn Germany, the Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize was awarded to Jim Allison, Chair of Immunology at MD Anderson and F1000 Section Head for Immunomodulation. Allison received the award for his pioneering work in treating cancer by interfering with T-cells. His work has led to development of the drug  ipilimumab, which has reverted late-stage melanoma in many patients. Allison shares this year’s Prize with Carl June.

Schreiber, Cantley and Allison have all been involved with F1000 since we started fifteen years ago, and we’re pleased to see them continue to achieve such high honors in their respective research careers. Congratulations!


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F1000Workspace updates, including direct submission to F1000Research

We regularly add new features to F1000Workspace – some big, some small. Here is a list of some of the updates to F1000Workspace in the last few months:

  • Proxy support: If you access journal articles off-campus with a proxy, this now also works within F1000Workspace.
  • reading_iconReading list: Have you saved an article but not yet had time to read it? You can now quickly add it to your reading list by clicking the “open book” icon in your references. Articles in your reading list are shown with a dark icon. Once you’ve read it, you can click it again to remove it from the reading list (while keeping the article in its projects).


  • The desktop application can now handle files of up to 100MB in size.
  • Comments made in the manuscript section of Workspace are now available inside of Word.
  • From Word, you can now submit manuscripts directly to F1000Research. If you have linked the manuscript with a shared project, other members’ names will be added as co-authors. You will be able to edit them in the submission form.

SubmitF1RWithin your first year of registering your F1000Workspace account, you can publish one “short article” (<1000 words) free of charge on open science platform F1000Research, so the new “submit to F1000Research” feature is a great opportunity to claim your free article! The normal publication cost for a short article is $150.

If you don’t see the updates in the Word plugin yet, you can install the new update manually.


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Austin Hughes

HUghesWe’re sad to mark the death of Austin Hughes, who had been Faculty Member of the F1000 Immunology Faculty since 2003.

Hughes was Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina, and a week before his death on October 31st, his department had just nominated him for the Governor’s Award for Scientific Excellence.

An obituary for Austin Hughes on his university’s website includes some of the student comments from his teaching evaluations, which make it clear that he was a talented educator as well as researcher. We extend our sincerest condolences to his family, friends, students, and colleagues.

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Helmut Schwilden

Schwilden_gerWith regret, we received notice of the death of Helmut Schwilden, Section Head for Technology & Monitoring in Anesthesiology.

Schwilden was Professor Extraordinarius at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität in Erlangen-Nürnberg, and joined F1000 in 2008.

In his obituary in the Frankfurter Allgemeine, his colleagues praise his intelligence and the innovations he brought to the field of anaesthesiology.

We send our sincere condoleances to his colleagues, family, and friends.

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Top honors for our Faculty

It was a great start to the new year for some of our Faculty, whose work was recognized by none other than Queen Elizabeth II or President Obama.

Georgina MaceMace (Faculty Member in Conservation & Restoration Ecology) was named Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the UK’s New Years Honours. She received this recognition for her services to science.


Alastair CompstonKellyCompston (Head of Faculty for Neurological Disorders) and Deirdre Kelly (Faculty Member in Pediatric Gastroenterology & Hepatology) were both named Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Years Honours – Compston for services to multiple sclerosis treatment, and Kelly for services to children and young people with liver disease.

LevinMeanwhile, in the USA, Simon Levin (Section Head for Theoretical Ecology) was awarded the National Medal of Science for Biological Sciences, which he will receive in a ceremony at the White House.

Congratulations to all of them!

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Happy holidays from F1000!

2015 F1000 christmas card2015 has been another exciting year at F1000. We launched F1000Workspace, the paper-writing and collaboration tool, in May and, by November, over 1 million references had already been uploaded onto the service.

Rebecca Lawrence was announced Managing Director in November, Harold Varmus joined our International Advisory Board, and several F1000 Faculty won Lasker awards. We also received loads of interesting F1000Prime reviews from our wonderful Faculty and Associate Faculty Members – many thanks for your hard work!

Below, we sum up our year in tweets – the most popular one from each month.

On behalf of the team at F1000, have a wonderful festive period!



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Female arousal, marijuana vs fertility, and dystrophy mystery: the F1000 social media round up

The trending article recommendations on the @F1000 social media feeds this week, as well as interesting picks from the science Twittersphere.

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Featured F1000 Specialists – December 2015


Jabir Mohamed


Jastaran Singh

Jabir Mohamed and Jastaran (Jasty) Singh are graduate students at the University of Toronto, and both became F1000 Specialists earlier this year. Here they share what they’ve been doing since then, and their plans for 2016!

If you’d like to become an F1000 Specialist yourself, and tell your own colleagues about F1000, you can sign up here.


How have you spread the word about F1000 at UofT?

Since we began in September, we have focused our attention on familiarizing ourselves with all F1000 services, especially F1000Workspace, and connecting with F1000 Faculty Members currently active at our institution. We decided on this approach for two reasons: 1) Knowing the ins and outs of the services would enable us to distinguish F1000 from other online publishing platforms; and 2) building a rapport with Faculty Members would allow us reach their collaborators, post docs, and graduate students. On that note, I think we’ve done a great job so far, but these are ongoing tasks – you can never learn too much, and with more than 140 FM and Associate FMs represented at our institution, there’s always someone to connect with!

What are you planning for 2016 regarding F1000 Specialist activities?

In 2016, we plan to actively grow the F1000 community at our institution, both in terms of users and Specialists. Meet ups will be plentiful in the new year, and we plan to hold them at different locations in order to reach a broader audience. Our institution is affiliated with many research hospitals and institutes, so we’re hoping to bring together new faces each time. One initiative that we’re really excited about is the F1000 Faculty Spotlight Series: thirty-second promotional videos to highlight the work of F1000 FMs and how they are using F1000 services. Stay tuned!

What are you currently working on in the lab?

Jabir: I study consciousness and in particular how consciousness becomes impaired in temporal lobe complex partial seizures. The hope is to identify the brain structures, circuits and activity patterns essential to temporal lobe seizures that impair consciousness.

Jasty: I focus on generating specific types of immune cells, called T-cells from human stem cells. In my studies, an understanding of the biology and development of human T-cells is key in hopes of enhancing immune-related therapies for HIV infection and cancer transplantation.

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