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Open Plus Books

Evolving knowledge for research communities

Open Plus Books, from F1000 and Taylor & Francis, fuse F1000’s open research technology and publishing process with the traditional books model, reimagining open access books.

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How do Open Plus Books work?

  • Open Plus Books are published on a dynamic, updateable, and interactive open research publishing Platform, such as F1000Research.
  • Chapters are rapidly published as standalone content that can be updated, revised, and amended at any time before the book is formally published and available under either the Routledge or CRC Press imprint at Taylor & Francis.
  • Commissioned by our editors in the usual way, all Open Plus Books proposals undergo both in-house and peer assessment prior to contract.
  • Chapters have the same benefits as Research Articles published with F1000 – including versioning, rapid publication, and open data distribution.
  • Authors can choose for their chapters to undergo invited and transparent post-publication peer review.
  • Open Plus Books can be published alongside a full range of related research output, such as posters and data sets, providing a unique opportunity to improve the academic record, as well as rigor and replicability.

Our publishing process for books and chapters

Why choose Open Plus Books?

Rapid publication 

Individual chapters can be published as soon as they are complete; there is no need to wait for all chapters to be delivered. Chapters are published open access on the open research Platform in as few as 14 days of submission and acceptance of the final work.

Flexible and dynamic 

Books are no longer static publications, but dynamic and evolving. Authors and book editors can add additional chapters at any time to reflect developments in research, thinking, and knowledge. The format is suitable for authored and edited books as well as conference proceedings, handbooks, and encyclopedias.


Authors can use the “versioning” functionality on the Platform to keep chapters up to date through timely new versions – such as updates to data, standards, codes, policy, research – which can be reviewed and commented on. All versions of the text are linked and can be accessed via the book page on the Platform. 

Data and interactivity

Where applicable, chapters can include underlying data and interactive figures, enabling visualization, interaction, reanalysis, replication, and reuse. This also supports scholars getting credit for their contributions to research. Publications on the Platform benefit from support for code syntax highlighting, so code is fully readable in the body of the chapter.


Authors, not publishers, decide when they want to make updates or amendments, and when they want to have the book published in print. Further updates can be included in subsequent editions of the print and open access book.

Open peer review

Once an Open Plus Book is published the author can choose post-publication, invited open peer review via the Open Plus Book+ option. Authors can then choose to revise their chapters in light of the comments.

Evolving knowledge 

An Open Plus Book can reflect the research journey. The author, and those invited by the author, can add to the collection of chapters at any time. This means that the content of an Open Plus Book can evolve and expand as the research and knowledge grows. Open Plus Books are ideal for authors, research communities, organizations, departments, societies, and funders looking to collate their research output in a highly visible and impactful way.

Supporting research communities

Open Plus Books enable and encourage collaboration within and between research communities to evolve knowledge in single disciplines, as well as across disciplines. The opportunity to comment on content and/or to contribute additional content to an Open Plus Book enables communities to build upon new ideas quickly. This innovative way of publishing reduces barriers to collaborative research through data sharing, transparency, and attribution.

Author care and support

From proposal to publication, authors and editors will receive the same high level of support and engagement from the Routledge and CRC Press Editorial Teams as for any other book we publish.

Start your Open Plus Books publishing journey today

Open Plus Books are book publishing at its most flexible. If you have an idea for an Open Plus Book, or are interested in Open Plus Books across your institution, please email and our Editorial Team will be in touch.