Research publishing gateway

The RCPath research publishing gateway provides an online research forum for those interested in the study of the pathology of human and animal diseases.

The gateway is hosted by F1000Research and gives our members the opportunity to rapidly publish original research, case reports and validation studies of laboratory methods and antibodies. Subject to satisfactory peer review by experts, articles will be approved for inclusion on Pubmed and other bibliographic databases. Members can also submit posters, slides, and documents including clinical audits.

The gateway – which has been funded by the College as a pilot up until Autumn 2019 – provides an exciting opportunity for both experienced researchers and trainees to build an online community where ideas can circulate rapidly and be developed with other pathologists.

Author publishing charges apply but the College is offering financial support to those looking to submit their work, further details of which can be found below.

Visit the Research Publishing Gateway

How does the publishing process work?

For articles

  • An article is submitted via a single page application form.
  • The F1000 editorial office review the article to make sure it meets F1000 quality guidelines.
  • If the article passes these checks, it is published online and is subject to open peer review by appropriate expert referees.
  • The reviews of the referees are published alongside the article, together with the authors’ responses and comments from registered users.
  • Articles that pass peer review are indexed in external databases such as PubMed, Scopus and Google Scholar.
  • Authors are encouraged to publish revised versions of their article.

For other materials (posters, slides, clinical audit reports)

  • Posters, slides and clinical audit reports are submitted via a single page application form.
  • After a basic review by F1000 editorial team, the documents are immediately available on the gateway and receive a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) – this takes one to two days.
  • There is no peer review of this kind of content, but open comments are allowed.

Who can submit their research?

Submitting original research 

The College is keen to facilitate the publication of original research by all those interested in the pathological sciences, including clinical scientists and those with medical, dental and veterinary backgrounds. However, for articles that include original data and results, at least one author of the material:

  • must be a Fellow, Associate, Affiliate or Registered Trainee with the College
  • must have an appointment at a recognised research or clinical institution.

Those who do not meet the standard authorship criteria will need to be endorsed by a Fellow of the College who meets the authorship criteria. The author(s) should email the name and details of their nominated endorser to the F1000 editorial office at Endorsers will be asked to confirm the expertise of the author(s), as well as the scientific standard of the submission. A statement to explain this, along with the endorser’s name and affiliation, will be included with the published paper.

Submitting reviews and opinion articles

The College encourages open, scholarly review and debate of biomedical research and topics that are of direct relevance to scientists and pathologists. However, the decision of whether a submitted review or opinion article is suitable for publication and subsequent peer review ultimately lies with the College Advisory Group.

Authors of reviews and opinion pieces should ensure that:

  • the submission represents a useful addition to the scientific literature
  • the submission is presented in a format that is suitable for peer review
  • all listed authors have made a clear contribution to the published article, and their contribution must be detailed in the 'Author contributions' section of the article.
  • anyone who has contributed but does not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the 'Acknowledgments' section
  • the involvement of any professional scientific or medical writer assistance must be declared
  • permission is obtained from all those mentioned in the Acknowledgments section to include their name and affiliation

If the author list of an article changes following its publication, a new version of the article can be published. More information can be found on the F1000 website.

Editorials, faculty reviews and faculty critiques are published by invitation only.

How do I submit my work?

To submit your work, simply visit the gateway and choose what kind of work you want to submit. You’ll be asked to fill out an online form, after which your work will undergo a basic editorial check before publishing on the Gateway and, dependent on the type of work, peer review.

There are charges attached to submitting work, which are set by F1000 and apply across all their research gateways. The article processing charges are currently provided in US dollars (converted to GBP before payment):

  • article less than 1000 words – $150 +VAT
  • article of 1000-2500 words – $500 +VAT
  • article of 2500-8000 words – $1000 +VAT
  • documents, posters, slides – £20 + VAT.

Discounts are available for F1000 referees, authors from low income countries and others. Full details are available from F1000.

Introductory subsidies for submissions

We are very keen to encourage the publication of work so, for a limited period, we are offering to subsidise the article processing charges for pathology trainees and Fellows making submissions to our research publishing gateway.

A subsidy to cover 100% of the article processing charge is available to support the publication of articles that:

  • are under 2500 words
  • have a lead author (first or last author) who is a Fellow or is a medical, dental or clinical scientist pathology trainee
  • have at least one co-author who is a Fellow of RCPath
  • do not qualify for any discount or waiver already offered by F1000 Research.

Other documents such as clinical audit reports, slides or posters are not eligible for a subsidy.

To apply, authors must send an application by email to prior to making a submission on the gateway, with:

  • their name
  • their College membership number(s) (if available)
  • the name of institution where they are currently employed as a trainee or work place
  • the name of institution where research described in the article took place (if different from employer)
  • their pathology specialty
  • the full title of article to be submitted
  • the word count of the article (maximum 2500)

This is a budgetary control process, and judgement will not be made on the content of the article. If granted, authors will receive a reimbursement of the article processing charges, after their article has been submitted to the gateway and approved.

Each Trainee or Fellow is only eligible to receive one subsidy as lead author during the period of the promotion.

The money to subsidise publications comes from a restricted fund held by the College that is available to support research in pathology. The fund is limited and the level of subsidy may be varied at any time by the College Advisory Group.