AIMS Newsletter no.51, June 2016

Open Publishing in the Open Knowledge in Agricultural Development (OKAD) Article Collection

The Open Knowledge in Agricultural Development (OKAD) channel on the open publisher platform F1000Research enables researchers working on information management in the agricultural domain to publish their publications with reduced publishing times and a transparent review process.

Effective exchange of information is crucial to any scientific discipline, though even more so for the agricultural sciences which are key in combatting hunger, malnutrition and the unsustainable use of land and water resources.

Open research and publishing are not only beneficial to the agricultural sciences, but also to researchers: With OKAD - a channel for openly publishing original research findings, initiatives, case studies, perspectives and opinions relating to open knowledge initiatives within all areas in the context of agriculture, agri-food and agro-biodiversity - researchers are able to share their publications openly within a week and be cited immediately.

OKAD is currently one of 112 channels on the open publisher platform F1000Research. While the traditional publishing process often lacks transparency and may take months, the F1000Research platform makes it possible to publish content much faster. Unlike traditional pre-publish peer-review, the open review process on F1000Research starts after the content has been published. Expert referees are invited by the corresponding community to carry out reviews, and openly publish their feedback under a visible profile.

As well as this, other registered community members can add comments to the publications. In this way authors learn about possible improvements to their work and have the opportunity to submit revisions and updated versions. All published versions stay online and are citable, each with a different DOI. Once a publication has passed peer review, it is indexed in major bibliographic databases.

As part of F1000Research, OKAD not only allows the publication of research articles, but slides and posters, too. Furthermore authors are also encouraged to publish null and negative results, case reports, data notes and observation articles. In addition to the article, the source code and data are also published, and the article is built on these. Access to all content is free, as well as the publication of slides and posters. F1000Research only charges for the publication of articles.

OKAD was launched in May 2015 and is overseen by two experts in the field from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS). The OKAD channel advisory board includes 16 experts in the field from all over the world. The median time to two reviews is currently 35 calendar days.

Any author in contributing OKAD can submit publications on F1000Research, choosing “Open Knowledge in Agriculture” as the article channel.

For more information visit the OKAD homepage or contact [email protected].


  • Presentations from Open Science and Open Data in Agriculture Forums and workshops published on OKAD.  Presentations from the Forum in Namibia and the Myanmar workshop are now available. More info
  • Frontiers: a community-rooted, open-access academic publisher. Frontiers publishes several of the most cited Open Access journals in the world. More info
  • AGRIS – facilitating access to African agriculture, science and technology literature. AGRIS facilitates that researchers retrieve agriculture, science and technological information. More info
  • Research4Life-INASP Advocacy Competition. The competition calls for case studies demonstrating successful advocacy which has improved the research environment at your institution. More info
  • Forum on Open Data, Open Science and Open Access to Agricultural Information, Accra, Ghana. The final of Three Open Data and Open Science Forums in Africa is set to take place July 11 2016. More info
  • OA 2020: Open Access 2020 international initiative pushing towards Open Access publishing. An initiative under the umbrella of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. More info
  • GODAN Open Data Challenge launches ahead of #GODANSummit2016.  The challenge seeks individuals who can create practical solutions that will contribute to the open data infrastructure while solving specific challenges in agriculture and nutrition. More info
  • An evolution of Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition at international level. The contribution of GODAN. Read about recent GODAN’s activities to support proactive sharing of Open Data. More info

Upcoming Conferences, Workshops, Webinars

  • Joint EUDAT- OpenAIRE Webinar. How to write a Data Management Plan, 14.07.2016 16:00 pm CEST. More info
  • Conference. 5th International Conference on Data Management Technologies and Applications (DATA). More info
  • Conference. The 5th International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management. More info

  • Conference. Curating and Managing Research Data for Re-use Summer School. More info

  • Conference. 2016 Peer Review Conference. More info

  • Conference. IFLA World Library and Information Congress 82nd IFLA General Conference and Assembly. More info

More events at the AIMS Calendar

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