Here at CiteAb we are interested in developments in scientific publishing, and were excited by the launch of the F1000Journal Club last week. We thought we’d take a look at what it is all about.

You might remember that we interviewed F1000 last year for our blog, and that the company had lots of early-stage innovative ideas to help researchers and to enhance open access publishing. The F1000Journal Club appears to do exactly that, allowing researchers to discuss and organise research articles.

The team at F1000 has reacted to the fact that a lot of highly useful critique and discussion around academic research is lost, and have set up the Journal Club to address this.

In practice, the club will allow online meetings, making discussion more open and efficient. It will also have the knock on impact of giving scientists recognition for their contribution to a piece of work, associating their name with the comments and contributions they make within a discussion.

F1000 will organise, archive and share the results of F1000Journal Club meetings, and will recommend articles to individuals in areas that interest them.

We’re looking forward to seeing how the opinions of 6,000 leading scientists and those of the wider F1000 community will contribute to discussion and the development of research. This is an exciting step in open access publishing and gives a great deal of transparency to the critique and development of academic research.

What do you think? Are you planning to get involved with the new F1000Journal Clubs? Have you seen other innovations in research publishing, sharing, and discussion? We’d love to hear from you – leave a message below or send us a tweet to @CiteAb!

– Matt and the CiteAb team