MNI Open Research

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MNI Open Research

Tanenbaum Open Science Institute

A platform for rapid, author-led publication and open peer review of any research conducted at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital.

What is it?

MNI Open Research is a science publishing platform offering near-immediate publication of research conducted by research groups at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (MNI). The platform, a pillar of the MNI’s Tanenbaum Open Science Institute, supports research integrity, reproducibility and transparency by using an open access model that incorporates open, post-publication peer review, alongside a robust open data policy.

How will it work?

All researchers affiliated with the MNI can publish any research and data they wish to share. The platform will use the same model that has been established for F1000Research and Wellcome Open Research.

Why are we doing this?

The MNI is convinced a no-barrier approach to sharing research data, materials and ideas will improve the quality of neuroscience research and accelerate the discovery of effective treatments for neurological disease. Last year, the MNI announced its intention to become the world’s first Open Science institution, with the recently established Tanenbaum Open Science Institute helping the MNI implement its vision.

MNI Open Research will play a key role in this approach, ensuring any research conducted at the MNI can be published without barriers in a way that supports reproducibility and adheres to the institute’s Open Science principles.

When will it happen?

MNI Open Research is scheduled to launch in November 2017. You can stay up-to-date with the latest developments by signing up for alerts.

Dr Guy Rouleau, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPC, OQ

The mission of the MNI’s new Tanenbaum Open Science Institute is to develop and spread a new model of discovery and innovation based on the usage of Open Science principles as accelerators, for the benefits of patients and community, and for the development of best practices globally. MNI Open Research is designed to ensure that our community can quickly share their discoveries.

Dr Guy Rouleau, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPC, OQ
Director, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital


What are the advantages of publishing in MNI Open Research?

MNI Open Research offers researchers affiliated with the institute a new option for publishing their research. There are many benefits to publishing on this new platform:

  • Near-immediate publication allows new findings to be shared within days of submission, accelerating discovery and innovation.
  • Inclusion of all supporting non-sensitive data enables reanalysis, replication and reuse, which improves research reproducibility.
  • Supports publication of a wide range of outputs – from research articles to data notes, and case reports to negative results.
  • Authors, not editors, choose what they wish to publish.
  • Authors can suggest peer reviewers most appropriate to their subject and whose opinions they value, and can cite the open referee reports that vouch for the quality of their work.

Who owns MNI Open Research?

The platform is owned by the MNI and will use technology and services provided by F1000.

What research will this platform publish?

MNI Open Research will publish any research with at least one contributing author who is affiliated with the MNI. The platform will consider all research outputs, including traditional research articles, clinical trials, systematic reviews, study protocols, data sets, negative/null results, case reports and many others.

What will it cost to publish on this platform?

There will be a fixed charge (between £116 and £775, depending on the article length) per published article. F1000 will provide editorial, production and administrative support to authors throughout the publication and post-publication peer review process.

Are MNI researchers required to publish their research outputs on MNI Open Research?

No, all research staff can continue to choose where they wish to publish their research as long as it meets the MNI’s Open Science Policy requirements. However, we hope that the benefits of publishing on MNI Open Research, in particular the speed and ease of publication, the transparency of the peer-review process, and the flexibility to publish a wide variety of research outputs, will persuade many researchers to consider this platform for their articles.

How will funders and research institutions evaluate outputs published on MNI Open Research?

Many institutions and funders now strongly support initiatives aimed towards direct evaluation of research and judging all outputs on their own merit regardless of the venue of publication. MNI Open Research is fully embedded in the established scholarly publication framework, ensuring all publishing standards are adhered to. Article-level metrics (e.g. citations, views, downloads, altmetrics) will enable direct evaluation of the research output itself, and are in line with initiatives that aim to improve the evidence base on which researchers are evaluated.

How will the publishing model work?

MNI Open Research enables authors to control the publication process themselves: submitted articles and their accompanying (non-sensitive) source data are published after a rapid set of objective checks, ensuring adherence to basic scholarly publication policies and standards. Published articles then undergo invited and transparent peer review where referee names and reports are published alongside the article. Authors can then revise and update their articles when and how they wish. Articles that pass formal peer review will be indexed in major bibliographic databases.

Is MNI Open Research a preprint server like bioRxiv?

No, MNI Open Research is similar to a preprint server in that authors can publish immediately anything they wish to share. A crucial difference from preprints is that all articles on MNI Open Research undergo formal, invited peer review, and those articles that pass peer review are indexed in major bibliographic databases and are hence part of the formal scholarly literature.