Faculty Opinions: Find the most important in biology and medicine

Originally “F1000 Prime”, the website had changed its name to “Faculty Opinions,” and the other two services, Sciwheel (originally F1000Workspace) and F1000Research allow free access. The three services above are provided by F1000, and please refer to the introduction below:

Faculty Opinion

It contains over 8,000 comments on periodicals of experts from the biology and medicine field. In other words, users can trace which articles are read by specialists and their comments on the articles. This helps users learn the essence of their interested field of study, grasp the key articles of a field, and know the interests of specialists through Faculty Opinion.

In addition to the comments written by professionals, Faculty Opinion database further classifies articles into categories such as “Good”, “Very Good”, “Exceptional”, or “Dissent”.

Commenters would sort articles depending on their properties. The categories include Changes in Clinical Practice, Confirmation, Controversial, Good for Teaching, Interesting Hypothesis, New Finding, Novel Drug Target, Refutation, Technical Advance, and more. Users can filter articles of their needs by the categories above.

Faculty Opinion database is also connected to PubMed to create an instant connection to the summary or the full text from Open Access for the users. It can also connect to the online content webpage, yet the access to full text depends on whether the user’s institution orders the corresponding E-journal.

The homepage of Faculty Opinion is as below, and it has five sections: (1) Article Recommendations; (2) Collections; (3) Rankings;(4) The Faculty;(5) Faculty Reviews.

1. Article Recommendations

Users can browse the articles recommended by professionals and filter them by their topic, the category they belong in, their rate from experts, article type, whether they are preprints, when it was published, and etc. It also provides an advanced search function.

2. Collections

Collections are updated on key areas and topics in the medical and life sciences, providing users with comprehensive literature reviews and significant new research.

3. Rankings

Based on the evaluations and ratings that Faculty Members attribute to articles and expressed as the Faculty Opinions Score. “Rankings” lists articles by their categories in the order of score rankings.

4. The Faculty

Users can find the Faculty Members by filtering the section, position, country, and member status or by searching name, keyword, or institution, and subscribing to them. Whenever the subscribed scholar recommends an article, related information will be sent to the user’s e-mail. (This function requires registering a free account of Faculty Opinion.)

The positions of  the Faculty Members includes 4 types:

(1) Heads of Faculty: The most eminent individuals in the field overseeing the development of the subfields, divide faculty into its major disciplines, and appoint Section Heads of these fields.

(2) Section Heads: Leading authorities in their respective discipline, who provide editorial oversight and appoint Faculty Members to review the literature to ensure the full breadth of the field is covered.

(3) Faculty Members: Leading experts who recommend the most noteworthy articles in their fields, sharing their perspectives and opinion to help you understand the key points and context.

(4) Associate Faculty Members: Appointed by Faculty Members to assist them with the recommendation process. They also scan the tables of contents of the major general and specialist journals to ensure that the literature is systematically and comprehensively covered.

5. Faculty Reviews

Biology and Medicine-related article reviews written by members of Faculty Opinion published by Faculty Opinions Ltd. The reviews cover new ideas and progress in the fields for the past 1-3 years.

In addition, there are functions such as “Librarian Resources” and more at the bottom of every Faculty Opinion page.

“Librarian Resources” provides resources introducing Faculty Opinion, such as fliers, guides, videos, and also links to the Blog of designated databases to see the latest news, expert interviews, and research focuses.


F1000Research is the new platform for open access to journals, and it allows instant publication and peers comments.

Every article has a record of its edited versions, and the reviewer reports displaying the comments and suggestions from the reviewers are open to all viewers.


Reference: “The Faculty.” Faculty Opinions, https://facultyopinions.com/prime/thefaculty

by Yu-Ting Huang

Updated by Mei-Mei Chang 2022/12/29

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