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Webinar@AIMS: OKAD & F1000Research: a very different approach to publishing agricultural research


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Open access has been a positive force in scientific publishing. But the removal of paywalls and restrictive licencing are not the only issues that need to be tackled; unnecessary delays to publication, irreproducible findings, publication biases, and poor access to underlying data and code also need to be addressed. This is especially important in agriculture and nutrition research where quick, unrestricted access to knowledge is crucial to solving urgent issues including food security, biodiversity conservation, and emerging infectious diseases in crops and animals.

This webinar will cover how the novel approaches taken by the publication venue Open Knowledge in Agricultural Development (OKAD) and the publishing platform it is hosted on, F1000Research, are addressing these issues. OKAD publishes academic articles, posters and slide presentations involving open knowledge projects within all areas of agriculture, nutrition and agro-biodiversity. By using F1000Research’s post-publication peer review platform, OKAD ensures rapid access to research within days of submission. Experts are invited to peer review upon publication, and their signed peer review reports are published alongside the article. All articles and any associated data and code are made publically available.

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Webinar@AIMS: OKAD & F1000Research: a very different approach to publishing agricultural research

  1. 1. Thomas Ingraham Publishing Editor, F1000Research Publishing Agricultural Research A Different Approach
  2. 2. PUBLISHING AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH The point of publishing agricultural research: Main Variables Access Time Quality Traditional system Paywalls/Open Slow Irreproducibility Article only Peer review? What is needed Open Quick Reproducible Diverse Peer review known
  3. 3. Presentations Articles (diverse) Posters Reviews DataCode IMPROVING ACCESS TO KNOWLEDGE + 9-30%
  6. 6. REDUCING PUBLISHING TIMES 80 28 7 66 + 101 days of being visible, shareable & citable + 35 days of knowing quality of research Rejection 1 1 1 1 Days inaccessible Days accessible Virulent infection case doubling time Ag Journal Published Published 2 reviews Next Journal Final Decision Key Plant Biology, Ecology & Environmental Science
  7. 7. ENSURING QUALITY - Improved reproducibility by including open data and code - Open signed peer review: allows assessment and improves reviews - Versioning (dynamic citations) - cles/3-298/v2 - F1000 Recommendations - cles/2-235/v1
  8. 8. - Technical and cultural barriers to Open Knowledge - OKAD a place to openly publish and share the outcomes of OK work - Scope: All agricultural Open Access, Open Data, Open Source & Open Educational initiatives - Articles (diverse), posters and slides (and soon documents) in line with F1000Research model - Median time to 2 reviews: 35 days OPEN KNOWLEDGE IN AGRICULTURE