App of the Week – F1000 Faculty of 1000

We are continuing a series called App of the Week, wherein we recommend the best apps to support the academic experience. Please let us know what you think, and feel free to provide suggestions for apps we should review.

F1000 (2)Ever hear of F1000? No, not the open-wheel class of Formula 1 car racing Formula 1000, but Faculty 1000, the literature discovery service highlighting the best research articles in biology and medicine.

Faculty of 1000, or F1000, can help you F1000 logo animalthrough the daunting process of digesting scientific literature. If you’re feeling stuck on how to evaluate literature, why not let the Faculty make some recommendations for you on the best articles? The articles in F1000 are read and rated by the top senior scientists and their associates, leading experts in all areas of biology and medicine. Articles are rated on a scale from 1 – 5 (5 being the highest rating), with short explanations for their selections. It covers 40 disciplines from 3,500+ journals.


Think of F1000 like an Amazon review for journal articles. You can “try it” (read the review) before you read the entire article. Reviews provide classification tags, such as “new finding,” “good for teaching,” “controversial” or “technical advance,” etc. Read the review and then make your own critical analysis. You can also expand to the abstract for more detailed information and get related articles.

F1000 iPad article screenshot (2)

Articles are recommended based on their individual merit, rather than by association with a particular journal’s image or impact factor.

Most helpful features:

  • Discover the best research articles in your field of interest
  • Easily find related articles
  • Browse Faculty Member profiles by area of interest or by name
  • Read additional articles recommendations from faculty profile page

F1000 iPad Faculty screenshot

  • First-time users are required to register before using
  • App does not offer a link to full-text article. Functionality is better at the website, where linking to the USMA Library collection is possible.
  • Still developing as an iPad app

Bottom line:

Faculty recommendations to the most important articles on a subject might be a good starting point at your understanding of a topic. It saves you time digging for a good article, since the articles are recommended by highly regarded faculty in their field. After reading their reviews, you can make your own critical analysis for your paper. Use the app to help you zero in on a topic, then copy and paste the DOI (the permanent article ID number) into the USMA Library Scout search box to get the full-text article. In this reviewer’s opinion the app has a way to go, but it is worth checking out. And those interested in further research may use the parent tool, Faculty of 1000, in the Library’s database list.

As always, if you give F1000 a try, feel free to let us know what you think!

Further Reading: Reviews on Faculty of 1000 (not on the iPad app)

Stoneham, I. CardioPulse Articles A twenty-first-century approach to post-publication peer review. European Heart Journal (2013) 34(8):549-556

Vardell E, Swogger S. F1000Prime: A Faculty of 1000 Tool. Medical Reference Services Quarterly [serial online]. January 2014; 33(1):75-84

The views expressed in this post are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government. No endorsement or recommendation of any specific products or services is intended or implied.

Contents contributed by Manja Yirka, Continuing Resources Librarian