Mission: To provide all Wellcome Trust researchers with a place to quickly publish any results they think are worth sharing.
Background: Wellcome Open Research publishes scholarly articles reporting any basic scientific, translational and clinical research that has been funded (or co-funded) by the Wellcome Trust. Each publication must have at least one author who has been, or still is, a recipient of a Wellcome grant. All articles must be original and are published using a fully transparent, author-driven model, which means authors are solely responsible for the content of their articles. Because Wellcome Open Research is an open access publishing platform, the publishing and peer-review processes are fully transparent. Articles and all research, including clinical trial results, systematic reviews, software tools, and method articles are welcome on the platform and are published irrespective of the perceived level of interest or novelty. Authors are asked to include detailed descriptions of their methods and to provide full and easy access to source data underlying the results to improve reproducibility.
Outstanding Web Features: Wellcome Trust grant recipients interested in submitting research must register on the site and agree to its Terms and Conditions. After an in-house quality check, accepted articles are published quickly. Peer review by experts (referees) suggested by the authors takes place openly after publication, with the focus of review on the scientific soundness of the article rather than its novelty or impact. Authors of published articles are encouraged to address referees' criticisms and publish a revised version of their article and/or respond to the referees by adding their comments to the referee reports. Because of the transparent referee process, referees get full credit for the time and effort put into generating their reports. Authors can save their pre-publication drafts and track their submissions in the My Account section. Post-publication, researchers can browse their published articles and/or search other published articles by subject, topic, article, or study type, and the site's blog frequently highlights articles of note that have been published on the platform. Last but not least, an advisory board works to promote Wellcome Open Research to the broader academic community.