Faculty of 1000

Post-publication peer review

Don’t stop me now

Posted by rpg on 13 August, 2009

Excuse me while I indulge in some shameless company promotion here.

Scientific research is a pretty fast-moving place to be. In some places I’ve worked in there were unofficial competitions to notice a hot paper and send it round to your colleagues. Not sure what the prize was, to be honest: a golden computer mouse or something.

Seriously, if there’s hot news, you want to hear about it pretty quickly. Especially if it’s directly related to your own research. So one of the potential criticisms of F1000 is that there is a delay between research being published and you hearing about it. That’s pretty fair actually: someone has to read the paper, write about it; then our editorial team have to check it over and then it gets published to the website.

But how long does that all take? It’s reasonably difficult to get real numbers retrospectively, but I had a go.

Time to publication of first evaluation—Medicine

Time to publication of first evaluation—Medicine

Time to publication of first evaluation—biology

Time to publication of first evaluation—biology

These are pretty interesting data. First, it looks like we’re publishing evaluations before the papers themselves are published. This is simply because we had to take the publication dates as given by PubMed and sometimes (ofttimes?) the publication date is after the actual date the article was published for real.

The main point however is that we publish the first evaluation of a paper pretty rapidly after its publication. Integrating the area under the graph, we can estimate that half of all the first evaluations go live within about a month of the original publication date. It’s a bit slower for Medicine, and Medicine is slower overall, but I’m impressed.

(There are, as always, exceptions.)

And it’s important to remember that selection by F1000 predicts citation rates, beating the impact factor by two years or more.

That’s fast.

Here’s a closer look, just for gits and shiggles. This is combined Medicine and Biology counts, zooming in on that first month or two.

Rapid evaluation by f1000

Rapid evaluation by f1000

Look at that! We’re hot! And we’re fast!

F1000 is Ferrari-fast!

F1000 is Ferrari-fast!


2 Responses to “Don’t stop me now”

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  2. […] thing appears to be the timing: as I’ve said before, most of our evaluations are published quite quickly after the original article appears. We get around 90% of all evaluations within about three months of the publication date. So […]

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