May 16, 2022

Report: “Gates Open Research: A Summary of Year Three”

From F1000 Research:

The Gates Open Research (GOR) platform, a partner platform with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, marks three years of publication this month. Over this time the platform has grown in popularity and size.


In 2019 we published 121 articles; an increase of almost 60% on the previous year, taking us to a total of 201 publications in total. Since launch, almost 1300 authors have published on the platform and 10% of them have returned to publish at least twice. Our authors come from over 450 different institutions in 57 different countries, representing the platform’s global appeal and ability to reach researchers across the varied programs funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


The speed at which articles are published on the platform is one of the unique features of GOR. The median time from submission to publication on the platform in 2019 was 28 days. From publication, the average time to receive the first peer review comment was 21 days (median). Once an article has received two “approved” statuses from reviewers (or one “approved” and two “approved with reservation” statuses), articles are submitted for indexing in PubMed and other bibliographic databases. The median time from publication to indexing in 2019 was 63 days, with the total time from submission to indexing a median of 87 days.

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