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UCL Child Health Open Research: New institute-focused publishing platform

26 June 2017

UCL Child Health Open Research

The Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health will become the first to launch an institute-focused publishing platform, UCL Child Health Open Research, when it begins publishing in late autumn 2017.  

The platform, provided and supported by F1000, will allow any UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health or other University College London (UCL) researcher studying child health to publish with greater speed and transparency.  This rapid, author-led, method of publication will allow the immediate publication of research followed by transparent invited peer review and inclusion of all supporting data.  This enables reanalysis, replication attempts and data reuse. 

UCL Child Health Open Research will publish a wide range of types of research, from traditional impactful research, methods and protocols, to case reports and small, negative or confirmatory findings.  The platform will help the dissemination of research outputs from UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, where some of the world's top research in child health takes place. 

Professor Rosalind Smyth, Director of ICH, said: “UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health has often led the way in the area of child health research, so it is only fitting that we lead the way being the first institute to launch this kind of publication platform. Publishing on UCL Child Open Research will mean that the results of our research can be made available in an immediate and transparent way and help inform decisions and other research in the area of child health.”

Dr Rebecca Lawrence, Managing Director of F1000, said: “It is fantastic to have UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health take this big step in becoming the first institute to launch their own publication platform. Joining the growing family of publication platforms demonstrates the vital role that research institutions can play, together with research funders, in supporting their researchers in improving the way that the findings of their work are communicated and helping reduce research waste.”