The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is pleased to announce Gates Open Research, which is launching Fall 2017. This new open research platform was highlighted in the March 25th issue of The Economist: article and editorial. The foundation is providing this open research platform to get research out as rapidly as possible. The free, immediate, and unrestricted access research will help create a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy and productive life.
All researchers funded by the Gates Foundation will be able to publish any research outputs and data they wish to share. Authors can choose referees most appropriate to their subject and whose opinions they value, and can cite the open referee comments that vouch for the quality of their work. This platform will follow the same publishing model that has been established for F1000Research over the past four years, and that has been adopted recently by a similar funder platform Wellcome Open Research.
Gates Open Research complies with the foundation’s Open Access Policy and enables researchers to take control of the publishing process without barriers: immediate Open Access publication of articles and all associated source data, followed by transparent, and invited peer review. Full transparency will enable re-analysis, replication attempts, and data re-use; therefore, increase research integrity and accountability.
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