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Gates Open Research
A platform for rapid author-led publication and open peer review of research funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
What is it?
Gates Open Research is a scholarly publishing platform that makes research funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation available quickly and in a format supporting research integrity, reproducibility and transparency. Its open access model enables immediate publication followed by open, invited peer review, combined with an open data policy.
How will it work?
All researchers funded by the Gates Foundation will be able to publish any research outputs and data they wish to share. Gates Open Research will follow the same publishing model that has been established for F1000Research over the past 4 years and adopted recently by a similar funder platform, Wellcome Open Research.
Why are we doing this?
Gates Open Research directly supports the Gates Foundation’s Open Access policy and data sharing initiatives. Research findings will be disseminated without delay, which is especially crucial during public health emergencies and crop losses caused by drought or pests.
When will it happen?
Gates Open Research is scheduled to launch in the third quarter of 2017. You can stay up-to-date with the latest developments by signing up for alerts.
The Gates Foundation is dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value and everyone deserves the opportunity to lead a healthy and productive life. To solve the challenges of the 21st century, we must accelerate open access to high-quality research on health, education, and economic development. Gates Open Research is designed to ensure that the research we fund can be of immediate benefit to society.
Trevor Mundel
President of Global Health, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
What are the advantages of publishing in Gates Open Research?
Gates Open Research is another publishing option for the foundation’s funded research. There are several benefits to researchers who choose to publish on this new platform:
  • Authors, not editors, choose what they wish to publish.
  • Immediate publication allows the sharing of new findings without any delay.
  • Supports publication of a wide range of outputs - from standard research articles to data sets, from new insights to confirmatory or negative results.
  • 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.
  • The inclusion of supporting data facilitates reanalysis, replication and reuse and thus improves reproducibility.
Who owns Gates Open Research?
The publishing platform is owned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and will use technology provided by F1000.
What type of research will this platform publish?
Gates Open Research will publish any research that has been funded or co-funded by the foundation. This includes different types of studies, data sets, negative/null results, case reports, incremental findings, as well as larger research articles with substantial analyses.
What will it cost to publish on this platform?
There will be no charge for authors. All publishing costs will be covered directly by the Gates Foundation, which will pay the service provider, F1000, a fixed charge (between $150 and $1000) per published article. F1000 will provide editorial, production and administrative support to authors throughout the publication and post-publication peer review process.
Are grantees of the Gates Foundation required to publish their research outputs on Gates Open Research?
No, grantees can continue to choose where they wish to publish their research as long as it meets the foundation’s Open Access Policy requirements. However, we hope that the benefits of publishing on Gates Open Research, in particular the speed and ease of publication without hurdles, the transparency of the peer-review process, and the flexibility to publish a wide variety of research outputs, will persuade many grantees to consider this platform for their articles.
Why is this platform only open to grantees of the Gates Foundation to publish?
With this platform, the foundation enables its grantees to publish all their research, increasing the sharing of results coming out of grants funded by the foundation.

With this platform, we join Wellcome, another large funder of biomedical research in the U.K., which already uses a similar publishing platform - Wellcome Open Research.

How does this platform relate to Chronos?
Chronos is also a new service provided by the foundation to make it easier for Gates-funded researchers to manage the open access publishing process. Authors will be able to select Gates Open Research from a list of journals that comply with the foundation’s open access policy. Chronos takes care of publisher payment processing, including the charges levied by F1000.
How will the foundation evaluate the outputs of its grantees who publish on Gates Open Research?
The foundation strongly supports initiatives aimed towards direct evaluation of research and that all outputs should be judged on their own merit regardless of the venue of publication. Gates Open Research is fully embedded in the established scholarly publication framework, ensuring all publishing standards are adhered to. Article-level metrics (e.g. citations, views, downloads, altmetrics) will enable direct evaluation of the research output itself, and are in line with initiatives that aim to improve the evidence base on which researchers are evaluated.
How will the publishing model work?
Gates Open Research enables authors to control the publication process themselves: submitted articles and their accompanying source data are published after a rapid set of objective checks, ensuring that basic scholarly publication policies and standards are adhered to. The published articles then undergo invited and transparent peer review (referee names and the referee report are published alongside the article). Authors can then revise and update their articles when and how they wish. Articles that reach an adequate level of positive formal peer review will be indexed in PubMed and elsewhere.

Gates Open Research will use the F1000 model, which is also used by Wellcome Open Research.

Is Gates Open Research a preprint server like bioRxiv?
No, Gates Open Research is similar to a preprint server in that authors can publish immediately anything they wish to share. A crucial difference from preprints is that all articles on Gates Open Research undergo formal, invited peer review, and those articles that pass peer review are indexed in major bibliographic databases and are hence part of the formal scholarly literature.
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