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Science research collaboration, reference management and authoring technology launched by Faculty of 1000

Launch of F1000Workspace, a set of tools designed specifically for researchers in biology and medicine

Faculty of 1000

F1000Workspace has been created hand-in-hand with scientists around the world and is designed to assist biology and medicine researchers when writing research articles and grant applications, collecting and managing references, collaborating with co-authors and submitting correctly formatted articles for publication.

The technology will greatly improve collaboration within research teams, especially where a number of scientists are co-authoring a paper, and where references are inevitably drawn from a plethora of sources.

To help in the discovery of relevant references the technology uses proprietary algorithms to intelligently suggest relevant references recommended by the Faculty's 10,000 biomedical scientist members and other references in PubMed and elsewhere.

In summary, F1000Workspace will enable users to:

  • Eliminate wasted hours spent converting and merging reference lists submitted by co-authors

  • Discover key references based on tailored recommendations

  • Annotate web articles or PDFs directly in a web browser

  • Never misplace reference again thanks to the browser 'button' which allows users to save and organise references with a click.

Scientists using F1000Workspace will be able to make articles and research data available for immediate publication via a special "one click" route to F1000Research - F1000's open science publishing platform for life scientists that offers transparent peer review of research. This means a group of researchers working on a paper in F1000Workspace can get it published within days, with transparent peer review shortly afterwards. When approved, the paper is listed in PubMed and other listing services.

F1000Workspace is further complemented by another F1000 service called F1000Prime which provides qualitative assessment of literature. F1000Workspace is available immediately and without further charge to scientists who belong to subscribed institutions including UCL, King's College London, Yale, NIH, The Max Planck Institute and others. It will automatically format articles to match the style of all major scientific journals and F1000Research.

Vitek Tracz, chairman of Faculty of 1000, said: "F1000Workspace offers a set of services for writing and collaborating, and easy access to search all kinds of literature, including F1000 recommendations in the context of the documents users work on.

"Working in tandem with all of other F1000 services, F1000Workspace helps to make the entire publishing cycle faster, simpler and easier for scientists."

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For more information:

Andrew Baud, Tala (on behalf of Faculty of 1000), +44 (0) 20 3397 3383 or +44 (0) 7775 715775

Notes to editors

F1000 was founded by science publishing entrepreneur Vitek Tracz, a passionate advocate of open access publishing and open science. F1000 is a community of more than 10,000 biomedical experts who help scientists to discover, discuss and publish research.

F1000 offers the following services:

F1000Research - an open science publishing platform for life scientists that offers immediate publication and transparent peer review, avoiding editorial bias and ensuring the inclusion of all source data.

F1000Prime - a service which identifies and recommends important articles in biology and medical research publications.

F1000Workspace - a new research collaboration, reference management and authoring platform for scientists.

For more information go to http://www.f1000.com

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