Wellcome Open Research: first year in numbers

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Michael Markie, Publisher at F1000, and Robert Kiley, Head of Open Research, Wellcome, highlight Wellcome Open Research’s many achievements in its first year of publishing. 

Wow, it’s been a whole year since Wellcome Open Research was launched as the world’s first funder-based publishing platform.

In this time a number of milestones have been reached including hitting the 100 articles published mark in August (a total which now stands at 142) and the fact that by volume of publications indexed in PubMed, the platform is the fifth most used publication venue for Wellcome-funded researchers.

One major benefit of this model of publication is that the costs are much lower than other publishing venues. Specifically, the average Article-Processing Charges (APCs) to date on Wellcome Open Research is GB£793.  In contrast, the average APC Wellcome paid in the 2015-16 year was GB£2044.

More broadly, Wellcome Open Research has helped to encourage other funders, organisations and institutions to launch their own publishing platforms. Just last week, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation published its first few articles on the Gates Open Research platform and only yesterday the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) announced they will be following suit with their own platform. Similar announcements have been made by the Irish Health Research Board, the Montreal Neurological Institute and UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Heath. Over the coming months we expect other funders and institutions to make similar announcements.

To celebrate this successful first year, we have created an infographic highlighting some of the key numbers that represent our achievements to-date (also available as a PDF here). Onwards and upwards for the next year!

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