F1000 Prime And Public Library Of Science Collaborating On Article-Level Metrics

Press Release | Faculty of 1000 (F1000), Public Library of Science (PLOS) | August 8, 2013

Faculty of 1000’s F1000Prime (http://f1000.com/prime) article recommendation service has partnered with Public Library of Science (PLOS), to provide enhanced information to researchers on the impact of their published articles.

'F1000Prime recommended’ badges and scores have been added to all PLOS journal articles that have been selected for inclusion in F1000Prime by F1000’s Faculty of peer-nominated life scientists and clinicians. Adding F1000Prime scores to PLOS’s sophisticated article-level metrics (ALMs) gives authors of important articles more information on the impactof their work and its recognition by respected scientists, and will help guide readers to expert commentaries on important papers.

ALMs offer a rapid and broad view of the reach and impact of research articles through an ever-increasing range of metrics. These metrics include traditional citation data, through to article downloads, discussions on science blogs, and usage of articles on a variety of social media and online bookmarking services.

Iain Hrynaszkiewicz, Outreach Director at Faculty of 1000, said: “ALMs are becoming increasingly important for researchers and their funding agencies. F1000Prime recommendations are a well-established way of identifying important research in away which merely looking at citations might miss. PLOS are leaders in ALMs and are an ideal partner to  make innovative uses of F1000Prime data.”

“F1000Prime recommendations are a unique and important indicator of an article’s impact and PLOS is pleased to add another metric to our growing ALM suite,” said John Chodacki, Director of Product Management, PLOS. “Along with F1000Prime recommendations, researchers now have an ever diverse combination of metrics that more comprehensively evaluate the impact of an article.”

More than 3,000 articles published in PLOS journals have so far been selected for inclusion in F1000Prime – a directory of important articles in biology and medicine. PLOS have also introduced new classifications for their ALMs, which make distinctions between scholarly metrics such as F1000 recommendations, and social media discussions about research, which includes non-scientists.

Research by the Medical Research Council has shown that articles recommended by F1000Prime are more likely to be highly cited, and there are many  other ways ALMs can help understanding of the diverse impact of research. PLOS and Faculty of 1000 will be working together to study associations between F1000 recommendations and other measures of research impact.

Faculty of 1000 and PLOS are both supporters of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which launched in May 2013, and promotes the use of more scientific ways, than the Journal Impact Factor, to assess individual research articles and authors.

To find out more about Faculty of 1000 and its partnership with PLOS, please contact Iain Hrynaszkiewicz on +44 (0)20 7079 4888 or email [email protected]. For more information, visit http://f1000.com.


About Faculty of 1000 (F1000)

Faculty of 1000 is the publisher of four unique services that support and inform the work of life scientists and clinicians. F1000Prime and F1000Trials provide a layer of expert opinion and guidance on published articles, and F1000Research and F1000Posters present original and useful work via open access websites that encourage transparency, sharing and debate. Members of F1000’s executive team have helped to create and launch many successful online scientific resources, including the world’s first Open Access publisher – BioMed Central.

About PLOS

PLOS is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization founded to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. PLOS engages in Open Access advocacy, innovation, and publication of scientific research, making articles immediately available foreveryone online, free of restrictions. The organization launched its first journal in 2003 and now publishes PLOS ONE, PLOS Biology, PLOS Medicine, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Pathogens, and PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. PLOS is headquartered in San Francisco, CA with additional offices in Cambridge, UK.