Open Access Venture Incoming from the Gates Foundation

Open access continues to gain ground with advocacy from Bill and Melinda Gates’s Gates Foundation. Nature reported on the global health charity’s move to self-fund it own publishing channel. In addition, the European Commission will be deliberating on the same possibility.

The Gates Foundation, also known as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, will launch the “open-access publishing venture” in late 2017.

It will be called Gates Open Research, modelled on another system developed by Wellcome Trust. The basic idea is to increase the rate of the publication of articles and data from research, which will be funded by the charity.

What is the Gates Open Research platform? According to the website, it states:

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.

The European Commission will spend €80-billion (US$86-billion) on its own programme, its Horizon 2020 research programme. F1000Research has been contracted by both the Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust charity.

It is an “open-access platform that rapidly publishes papers and data sets after an initial sanity check by its in-house editors. Papers are peer-reviewed after publication, and the reviews and the names of their authors are published alongside.”

There will be zero oversight in terms of editorship by the Gates Open Research foundation, according to Bryan Callahan as reported by Nature. He noted that the Gates Open Research foundation will help the masses of researchers in developing countries, as well as helping to “avoid predatory publishers.”

The Wellcome Open Research has been able to publish peer reviewed papers within one week after submission. This is a relatively rapid turnaround for the submissions-to-publications (or rejections) process compared to the average.

In addition to this, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations will provide the funding for the production of about 2,000-2,500 research papers per annum with “one of the most stringent open-access policies of any research funder.”

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