Opening up: Wellcome Trust launches new publishing platform

Research and Innovation Development Office

Category: Research news

19 July 2016

The Wellcome Trust recently announced plans to launch a new publishing platform, Wellcome Open Research.

The new platform will allow Wellcome Trust grantholders to publish all outputs from their research rapidly, including standard research articles, and data sets to case reports, protocols, and null and negative results. To speed up access, every submission will be published once it passes a series of objective checks. The Trust hopes this will help overcome the bias introduced when researchers leave null and negative results to gather dust in a long-forgotten file drawer rather than publishing them.

The platform also includes a transparent post-publication peer review process, to encourage constructive feedback from experts focused on helping the authors improve their work, rather than on making an editorial decision.

For more info, check out the full announcement from Robert Kiley, Wellcome's Head of Digital Services.

Want to understand Open Access in research a bit more? If you're an ARU academic or research staff member, book a place on our Research Funding Observatory seminar Open Research: Sharing and storing your research, to be held in Chelmsford on 10 August. See you there!

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