Significant growth of open research across Japan as more institutions join F1000's Japan Institutional Gateway


Japan Institutional Gateway is the world’s first dual language (English/Japanese) open research publishing venue supported by the University of Tsukuba

Tokai University, Tsukuba University of Technology and Utsunomiya University have signed up as affiliates of F1000’s Japan Institutional Gateway (JIG), following the lead of the University of Tsukuba. These agreements enable researchers from these affiliated institutions to publish on the Japan Institutional Gateway. These new affiliates mark a significant expansion of the world’s first dual language open research publishing venue that looks set to continue to grow throughout the year, with more affiliates expected to join in 2023.

JIG was launched with the support of the University of Tsukuba in August 2022, allowing researchers from across the university to publish rapidly and with full transparency. It is open to submissions from Japanese research institutions who wish to participate in JIG’s affiliation program helping to accelerate the adoption of open research in Japan. Research in all subject areas can be published on the Gateway, and researchers in humanities and social sciences can choose to publish their articles in Japanese or English, showcasing their work in a Scopus-indexed, international publishing venue in the language that best befits their work.

The Gateway combines the benefits of rapid publication (enabled by post-publication peer review) with mechanisms to assure quality and transparency; rigorous pre-publication checks, open peer review, archiving and indexing.
All outputs published on JIG have open licenses, ensuring free access, and maximizing the opportunity for use and re-use. This publishing model is also used on the customized publishing platforms that F1000 provides for major global funders such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe programs.

Rebecca Lawrence, F1000’s Managing Director, commented:
“Everyone at F1000 is delighted to see this rapid and significant expansion of the Japan Institutional Gateway, showing not just the increasing importance of open research in Japan but also the success of a dual language publishing venue. Tokai University, Tsukuba University of Technology and Utsunomiya University are all pioneers, leading the way with open research both regionally and globally. “

Professor Toshiyuki Inazu, Vice President (in charge of Science) of Tokai University commented:
“Open access publication for research is a global trend, and Tokai University is proactively responding to this trend. In addition to this, we have decided to introduce JIG Open Access publishing at Tokai University with the aim of improving the method to evaluate research output and research indicators currently represented by counting the number of citations of academic papers. ”

Yasushi Ishihara, President of Tsukuba University of Technology commented:

“Tsukuba University of Technology is Japan’s only higher education institution dedicated to supporting hearing and visually impaired persons in the country. Our expertise in education and support for those with hearing and visual impairments gained since the university was founded, has enabled us to not only play a leading role in supporting students currently enrolled in the university, but also support students nationwide. By disseminating to the world, the knowledge and expertise that we have gained by supporting people with disabilities, we will contribute to fostering a socially diverse environment and to the realization of an inclusive society.”

Professor Kazutaka Yokota, Executive Director of Research of Utsunomiya University commented:
“We have decided to join JIG because we are attracted by its rapid and transparent peer-review publishing process. We expect that researchers in our university, especially those in the field of Humanities and Social Sciences, will actively use the JIG in the future – benefitting from rapid, open, and transparent publishing model.”

F1000 are currently seeking to grow the affiliation program, and we welcome expressions of interest from Japanese research institutions.

For more information about the JIG affiliation program please contact

About F1000
F1000 provides innovative open access publishing Platforms offering rapid publication and open peer review, whilst supporting data deposition and sharing for the research community. F1000’s own publishing Platform, F1000Research, was launched in 2013 and was the first open research publishing Platform combining the ability to publish rapidly with functionality to ensure transparency, robustness and reproducibility of research. Building upon the growth and success of its core Platform, F1000 also provides fully managed, open research publishing services directly to research funders and institutions, including Wellcome, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and soon to launch with the European Commission. F1000 Research Ltd is wholly owned by the Taylor & Francis Group, an Informa Group company.
Website: Twitter: @F1000

About the University of Tsukuba
The University of Tsukuba was originally founded as a Normal School in 1872, becoming the first institution of higher education in Japan. In 1973, it was relocated from Tokyo to Tsukuba Science City and re-born as a new concept university. Taking full advantage of being at the heart of Japan’s premier science city, the university has developed innovative systems in research, education and management. Over the years, it has flourished as one of Japan’s top research universities in diverse fields such as the humanities, social sciences, natural and life sciences, engineering, medicine, sports sciences, arts and design; boasting Nobel laureates, Olympic and Paralympic medalists as well as successful entrepreneurs amongst its faculty and graduates.

About Tokai University
Tokai University was originally founded in 1943 by Shigeyoshi Matsumae as a vocational school of aeronautical sciences in Shimizu City, Shizuoka Prefecture (at that time), and was authorized by the old university ordinance in 1946. Today, as a university with campuses across Japan, Tokai University aims to develop human resources with broad perspectives and flexible ideas based on the educational philosophy of "fusion of arts and sciences," which has been inherited since the founding of the university in accordance with the originating spirit set forth by the founders. In terms of research, we promote free and active research in line with the research ethics and principle of peaceful purpose, contributing to the development of a society in harmony with nature and to realize permanent peace and welfare of mankind.

About Tsukuba University of Technology
Tsukuba University of Technology was established in 1987 as a three-year junior college of technology as an institution of higher education for the hearing and visually impaired and became a four-year university in 2005.
Tsukuba University of Technology provides education and support to help students realize their potential and provides information that will serve as the foundation of their knowledge.
Tsukuba University of Technology is particularly conscious of the essential roles and functions of education, such as reliably conveying information to students with hearing and visual impairments, absorbing information as knowledge, integrating knowledge from various fields, and sublimating knowledge into wisdom, and will contribute to the realization of an inclusive society in substance, not just in philosophy. We will contribute to the realization of an inclusive society that is not just an ideal but a reality.

About Utsunomiya University
Utsunomiya University is a national university located in Utsunomiya City, about one hour from Tokyo by bullet train. The university was founded in 1949 as a merger of a Normal School established in 1872 and the Higher Agricultural and Forestry School established in 1922.
Currently, there are five schools with a total of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Based on the concept of "nurturing the future of students together with the community and nurturing the future of the community together with students," we are committed to fostering human resources and conducting research with an eye toward the future society while accurately grasping the needs of the community and society as a local "center of knowledge."
Aiming to be a "university that continues to grow" to meet the trust and expectations of the local community and contribute society’s well-being, we promote cutting-edge technology research such as optics, bioscience, and robotics. This focus on innovation contributes to sustainable urban development for the local community, multicultural awareness in the context of internationalization, and teacher-training.

F1000 Japan Institutional Gateway に3つの提携機関が加わり

Japan Institutional Gateway は 筑波大学がサポートする世界初の2か国語に対応したオープンリサーチ出版ゲートウェイです。研究者は英語もしくは日本語で出版可能です。
この度、筑波大学に続き、東海大学、筑波技術大学、宇都宮大学、が F1000 Japan Institutional Gateway (JIG)に提携機関として加盟しました。この協定により、提携機関に所属する研究者はJapan Institutional Gateway に論文投稿・出版が可能となります。新しい3つの提携機関の参加は、世界初の2か国語オープンリサーチ出版ゲートウェイの可能性を大きく拡大するもので、今後も成長を続けていくことが見込まれます。
JIGは、2022年8月に筑波大学のサポートにより開始され、提携機関に所属する研究者は迅速かつ透明性の高い研究成果の公開が可能となりました。日本におけるオープンリサーチの導入を促進するために、日本の大学及び研究機関からJIG 提携プログラムへの参加を希望する機関を募り、随時申し込みを受け付けています。JIG では全ての分野での論文発表が可能です。また人文・社会科学分野の研究者は、日本語または英語での論文発表を選択することができ、Scopus にも収載される国際的な出版ゲートウェイで各研究に最も適した言語で研究成果を発表
JIG で公開されるすべての研究成果にはオープンライセンスが付与され、自由なアクセスを保証しつつ研究の利用・再利用の可能性を最大限に引き出します。この出版モデルは、ビル&メリンダ・ゲイツ財団、ウェルカム・トラスト、欧州委員会のHorizon 2020およびHorizon Europeプログラムなど、世界の主要な資金提供団体にF1000が提供している、カスタマイズされた出版プラットフォームにも採用されています。

F1000のマネージング・ディレクターであるRebecca Lawrence は、次のようにコメントしています。

F1000チームはJapan Institutional Gateway のこの急速かつ意義ある成長を大変嬉しく思っています。日本におけるオープンリサーチの重要性が増していることを示すだけでなく、2か国語出版ゲートウェイが成功を収めていることを示すものです。東海大学、筑波技術大学、宇都宮大学はいずれもパイオニアであり、日本国内だけでなく世界的にオープンリサーチを先導しているといえるでしょう。

東海大学 副学長(理系担当)である稲津敏行氏は、次のように述べています。

筑波技術大学 学長 石原保志氏は、次のように述べています。

宇都宮大学研究担当理事 横田 和隆氏は、次のように述べています。

「JIG Affiliate(提携)プログラム」の詳細については、 までお問い合わせください。

F1000 Research Ltd.について
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