29 September 2021

IOM3 partners with T&F to launch Open Research publishing platform

IOM3 is delighted to be working with Taylor & Francis to launch an exciting, new Materials Open Research publishing platform, utilising Taylor & Francis’ open research publishing arm, F1000.


IOM3 joins the platform as the first affiliate partner with our own research gateway, extending the pre-existing publishing partnership between IOM3 and Taylor & Francis. This platform enables IOM3 and future affiliate partners in the materials science field to be the first adopters of a more open and transparent approach to publishing materials science research.  

Dr Colin Church CEnv FIMMM, IOM3 CEO said , 'IOM3 is pleased to be the founding participant on this Materials Open Research platform, which brings the innovative model of Open Research publishing and peer review pioneered by F1000 to materials, minerals and mining science and engineering. This will undoubtedly enhance the publishing experience for our researchers and will really help to drive the discussion around related topics, offering different opportunities to those within the materials, minerals and mining communities.'

All researchers working in materials science are eligible to publish in Materials Open Research. The platform enables all research outputs to be published open access, so free for anyone to read, and combines the benefits of pre-printing (providing rapid publication with no editorial bias) with mechanisms to assure quality and transparency. These include invited and open peer review, article versioning, archiving and indexing.

Materials Open Research has several benefits and enhancements for authors, including a more streamlined submission process, rapid publication, a variety of article types accepted, article versioning and the additional input of F1000’s expert in-house editorial team. This support, alongside F1000’s innovative technology, will make the publication process faster and more transparent for authors.

F1000 endorses the FAIR Data Principles so authors will be able to share their underlying data, further accelerating the pace of discovery, providing credit and recognition for authors, and improving public trust in research. 

As well as research articles, Materials Open Research will feature a variety of article types including method articles, study protocols, software tools, systematic reviews, data notes, brief reports, and opinion articles. The platform welcomes null, negative, replication and confirmatory studies, which aim to improve the transparency and reproducibility of research. Materials Open Research will also provide the option to publish non-peer reviewed materials including technical reports, training materials, posters, slides, and other documents.