Charities have worked together to launch a new publishing platform that will make research results freely available, accelerating progress towards new and better treatments.
Parkinson's UK is 1 of 24 members of the Association of Medical Research Charities that have worked in collaboration to develop and launch a new open publication platform – AMRC Open Research.
By removing traditional barriers and delays to publication, the new platform will help speed up the delivery of new and better treatments for Parkinson's by making it possible for every output from the research we fund to be rapidly and openly shared.
What's different about this platform?
The traditional route to publishing research can be a long and slow process. It takes months, sometimes years, for articles to be reviewed, and too often results are never published at all.
Most journals require an additional fee to make the article free to view for everyone – known open access. Not paying this fee limits who can view the findings.
What are the benefits?
AMRC Open Research allows researchers to rapidly publish any research results they think are important to share – irrespective of the perceived level of interest or novelty.
On average, articles are published within 7 days of submission. This accelerates the progress of research meaning new insights, innovations and treatments become available to those who need them more rapidly.
Once published articles are open-access, meaning the results are freely available for anyone to view, including those living with Parkinson's. This enables others to build upon new ideas right away, wherever and whoever they are.
Bunia Gorelick, our Head of Planning & Performance, comments:
"We believe that it is vitally important that the results of the research we fund are available to everyone - researchers and supporters.
"AMRC Open Research allows researchers to publish their work quickly and barrier-free. It also provides a platform for publication of null results, PhD student work and shorter articles that often can’t find a home in traditional journals."