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NC3Rs: National Centre for the Replacement Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research

The NC3Rs gateway

About the gateway

The NC3Rs gateway is a dedicated, open access portal for our Grant holders to showcase their 3Rs research. Authors can publish the full extent of their work and methods, enabling others in the scientific community to adopt these new approaches and maximise their impacts, while addressing publication bias in the research we fund.

The gateway is hosted by F1000Research. Articles are published almost immediately, then undergo invited open peer review.

Please note that the NC3Rs gateway is open only to NC3Rs-funded researchers. To submit an article, you must contact the NC3Rs Office or your NC3Rs Regional Programme Manager, where applicable, prior to submission.

Two gateway authors and one of their reviewers talk about their experience of open peer review.

How to submit to the gateway

1. Contact the NC3Rs office

The NC3Rs gateway is open only to NC3Rs-funded researchers. To submit an article, you must contact the NC3Rs Office or your NC3Rs Regional Programme Manager, where applicable, prior to submission.

2. Incorporate article requirements

The NC3Rs has compiled specific guidance tailored to its gateway and article type formats. NC3Rs staff will provide guidance and advice to grant holders during the drafting process to assist them in aligning their article with the NC3Rs article requirements.

F1000Research advise authors to read their post-publication peer-review model and their policies prior to submission.

3. Submit to the gateway

Articles that have been discussed with the NC3Rs Office and align with the article type requirements can be submitted directly through the NC3Rs gateway.

The NC3Rs will pay for the Article Processing Charges for up to ten articles published on the gateway each year.

Articles can be submitted as Word (DOC or DOCX) or rich text format (RTF) files only. PDF, ZIP or TeX files will not be accepted. LaTeX users can submit via Overleaf, using an F1000Research journal article template.

What article types can be published on the gateway?

The NC3Rs gateway publishes a number of different article types. The format of article types has been customised to allow the 3Rs, scientific and practical benefits of the work, as well as its current and potential applications to be effectively showcased.

The NC3Rs has compiled specific guidance tailored to its gateway and article type formats to complement the article guidelines provided by F1000Research.

Article types

Gateway FAQs

You can read a list of the most frequently asked questions about publishing on our gateway on the F1000 site.