Taking another step in our evolution to meet the needs of 21st Century researchers – Editor Resources

“I am extremely excited to be able to tell you about the addition of F1000 Research to the Taylor & Francis Group. F1000 Research is a trail-blazer in the evolution of research communication. In 2013, it launched the world’s first open research publishing platform, combining the opportunities offered by technology with a passion for identifying new ways to validate and share research. You can read more about their history and passion, and about why they have chosen to join the Taylor & Francis family in Rebecca Lawrence’s (their Managing Director’s) blog.

Building upon the growth and success of its core platform, F1000 Research also provides fully managed, open research publishing services directly to research funders and institutions, including Wellcome, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Health Research Board Ireland, as well as to other scholarly publishers such as Emerald Publishing. F1000 Research combines opportunities offered by technology with a passion for identifying new ways to validate and share research.

The philosophy, culture, and customer-focused approach which have made F1000 Research so successful are the reasons we’re so excited to be working with them, and these will not change. In fact, our aim is to “super-charge” F1000 Research, giving them the resources they need to grow, flourish, and continue to innovate in pursuit of their vision: to change and transform the scholarly publications system and to create a research system that maximises reach, utility and ultimately impact of new discoveries for all….”

Taking another step in our evolution to meet the needs of 21st Century researchers – Editor Resources

“I am extremely excited to be able to tell you about the addition of F1000 Research to the Taylor & Francis Group. F1000 Research is a trail-blazer in the evolution of research communication. In 2013, it launched the world’s first open research publishing platform, combining the opportunities offered by technology with a passion for identifying new ways to validate and share research. You can read more about their history and passion, and about why they have chosen to join the Taylor & Francis family in Rebecca Lawrence’s (their Managing Director’s) blog.

Building upon the growth and success of its core platform, F1000 Research also provides fully managed, open research publishing services directly to research funders and institutions, including Wellcome, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Health Research Board Ireland, as well as to other scholarly publishers such as Emerald Publishing. F1000 Research combines opportunities offered by technology with a passion for identifying new ways to validate and share research.

The philosophy, culture, and customer-focused approach which have made F1000 Research so successful are the reasons we’re so excited to be working with them, and these will not change. In fact, our aim is to “super-charge” F1000 Research, giving them the resources they need to grow, flourish, and continue to innovate in pursuit of their vision: to change and transform the scholarly publications system and to create a research system that maximises reach, utility and ultimately impact of new discoveries for all….”

The T&F buyout of F1000 neutralizes the Plan S threat infrastructures | Martin Paul Eve | Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing

“What is actually happening here is that T&F is neutralizing the threat of Plan S. The Plan states that funded research must be published in pure (not hybrid) gold OA venues or under zero-embargo green. If these venues do not exist, because publishers do not convert their journals, then funders plan to ‘in a coordinated way, provide incentives to establish and support them when appropriate; support will also be provided for Open Access infrastructures where necessary’. I call these the ‘threat infrastructures’.

But the threat infrastructures are now not threatening to T&F….”

F1000 Research deal ‘strengthens Taylor & Francis’ capabilities’ | Research Information

“Academic publisher Taylor & Francis Group has announced the addition of open research publisher F1000 Research.

The addition is being described as a further step in strengthening Taylor & Francis’ capabilities in open access and open research, and extending its range of publishing services. 

Annie Callanan, chief executive of Taylor & Francis, said: ‘The addition of F1000 Research significantly strengthens and extends our capabilities in open research and broader publishing services. It also brings with it a strong culture of innovation and challenging the status quo. This will be invaluable as we evolve to meet the research needs of the 21st century; offering options to create the impact needed to convert research into solutions quickly.’…”

F1000Research flies the nest – F1000 Blogs

“I am delighted to announce today that F1000 Research Ltd has been acquired by Taylor & Francis Group (part of Informa plc). This is a hugely exciting opportunity for us. For a start, it will expedite our growth through the greater financial support and resources of a very large established organisation with extensive geographical and disciplinary reach. But most exciting to me, it will give us the opportunity to directly influence one of the ‘Big 4’ publishers to support the transition towards more open and collaborative ways of working, enabled though new approaches to scholarly publishing.   

It will be no surprise to many that F1000 Research is now transferring to a new owner. Our founder, Vitek Tracz has an impressive track record of nurturing ideas through start-up companies, and taking them to a level where they are ready to fly the nest. We will be following in the footsteps of many of his companies that have gone on to exciting and successful onward lives in the hands of others including BioMed Central (where Vitek initiated the Open Access movement in collaboration with PubMed Central), Current Opinions series, Current Biology, Current Drugs, Current Patents, IDdb3, Telmap, The Scientist, and many more.

Since F1000 Research’s conception, Vitek has been adamant that he would only ever sell F1000 Research to an organisation that he is convinced is fully committed to not only maintaining our vision and supporting us to scale up but also to ultimately transform the whole industry over time. Both Vitek and I feel confident that we have found such an organisation in Taylor & Francis, its CEO Annie Callanan and her executive leadership team, and I am very excited to continue to lead F1000 Research in this next phase….”

Taylor & Francis buys F1000 Research | The Bookseller

“Taylor & Francis has acquired open research publisher F1000 Research from its founder Vitek Tracz. The acquisition sum was not disclosed.

Tracz will remain owner of F1000Prime and F1000Workspace, which are not included in the sale.

F1000 Research launched the world’s first open research publishing platform in 2013; it also provides open research publishing services directly to research funders and institutions including Wellcome, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Emerald Publishing. The venture currently employs 40 staff; it is planned for it to remain in London, where it will continue to operate independently, while also becoming a key component of T&F’s range of open research services and Plan S-compliant platforms….”

Leaked Dutch Contract with Elsevier Raises Significant Alarm Bells – SPARC

“In recent weeks it has emerged that Elsevier is negotiating a new deal with VSNU, a consortia of Dutch Universities. According to press reports on leaked details of the deal, Elsevier is discussing a contract to provide Dutch universities with access to its journals at no extra cost (a major concession after decades of significant annual increases for most of their customers). However, the deal comes with significant new strings: Elsevier will essentially accept a “zero revenue growth” position for its journal in exchange for the universities purchasing a large set of their data analytics products. While the exact details of the deal are unconfirmed (and Elsevier has indicated that there are several inaccuracies in the leak), we have no reason to believe that the main storyline is incorrect.

There are many reasons why signing a deal like this would represent a very insidious precedent for the academic community. …”

AAP: US Student Spending on College Materials Down 23 Percent in Fall

“Charting a five-year downturn in US college students’ average spend on course materials, the Association of American Publishers reports an autumn-semester drop of 23 percent….”

And the issue of course content costs for students as an ethical dilemma was brought into focus on Wednesday (December 11) with the publication at The New York Times of Columbia Law School professor Tim Wu’s opinion piece “How Professors Help Rip Off Students.” Wu’s piece examines what he calls “the professional ethics of allowing a book to be sold at exploitative prices to young people.” …

Asserting that instructors should at least survey “what’s out there” as an alternative to expensive traditional options, Wu lists several potential alternatives, writing, “The Rice University-based nonprofit OpenSTAX has spent years developing high-quality, peer-reviewed textbooks that are free or cheap for more than 20 of the most popular college subjects. MIT has an impressive collection of free online textbooks, and there are others. The publisher Cengage has been experimenting with a Netflix-style subscription model.” …”

Leaked document prompts fears of big publisher ‘lock in’ | Times Higher Education (THE)

Only this fragment of the first sentence is OA: “Elsevier could sell Dutch universities a bundle of journal access rights and software, raising concerns that universities could become stuck in one publisher’s software ecosystem….”