All you can publish: go à la carte with Research Ideas and Outcomes Journal (RIO)

Science is Awesome!

This is something we truly believe in at Pensoft.

But, like everything in this world, science needs funding to sustain itself. Out there, some great minds are turning countless ideas into research proposals every year, yet only a small proportion would eventually get funded.

Sadly, most of the time few get to hear about a particular idea if it gets rejected.

RIO Journal – get credit for all your work

The Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) journal is created to provide a positive enhancement to a frequently inefficient funding system.  

RIO publishes all outputs of the research cycle: starting from the project proposals, through to data, methods, workflows, software, project reports and research articles. And it all comes together on a single collaborative platform, encompassing all areas of academic research, including science, technology, humanities and the social sciences. Learn more about our vision in the RIO video.


Why publish a research proposal?

Behind a proposal there’s always:

  • a good idea,
  • long hours of research
  • huge collaborative effort by scientists.

But when it comes to funding decisions, it all turns to a pile of paper with either an approval or rejection stamp on it. Wafer-thin decision margins mean that great projects often don’t get funded at the first time of asking.

We created RIO as an alternative that allows scientists to get credit for their ideas as citable publications. Thus, they can share the outcomes from the vast research effort spent on producing non-traditional research outputs such as proposals that are otherwise lost to science and society.

All published ideas and outputs on RIO have public article level metrics and comment sections – so the stamp of approval is now in the hands of the real end users: the community.

New thinking: science for society

The journal takes a step ahead with a collaborative platform that allows all ideas and outputs to be labelled with Impact Categories based upon UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and EU Societal Challenges.

These categories provide social impact-based labelling to help funders discover and finance relevant research.

Application FormAs RIO publishes research from across a wide range of disciplines, it is expected that the new Impact Category labels will help the journal to foster interdisciplinary research, allowing scientists from different fields to have their work discovered in novel-ways beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries,  providing real value for society. RIO is currently actively looking for editors from across disciplines, fill in a simple Editor Application Form and join us!

Innovation non-stop

RIO offers the most transparent, open and public peer-review process thus building trust in the reviewed outcomes.

The journal is published through ARPHA, the first publishing platform ever to support the full life cycle of a manuscript, from authoring through submission and public peer-review to publication and dissemination, within a single, fully-integrated online collaborative environment. RIO launches several innovative publishing features – a comprehensive list of these is available here.

And all that comes a-la-carte

Through RIO and ARPHA you can tailor our services towards your needs.

For a long time publishers ‘dictated the rules’ for the products and services that researchers  get. At Pensoft we believe in the opposite –  scientists, funders and communities should dictate to us their needs and we should aim to provide products and services to cover those needs.

Following this philosophy, at RIO you can choose exactly which publishing services you want according to your needs and budget.

You can write a manuscript in the RIO authoring tool, or submit it in other formats. Authors can also supply as many pre-submission reviews with your manuscript as you want and choose the style of peer-review that is appropriate for their output. They can also opt in and out from a number of additional services, such as proofreading or the services of our press office and many more. All options are available here.

Join us in the future

From the get-go Pensoft has always aimed to revolutionise the publishing field supplying authors with the latest innovations.

With RIO we are actively looking to expand. Not just in scope, by servicing all areas of academic research, including science, technology, humanities and the social sciences. But also to expand the mindset of a system haunted by old-fashioned prejudices.

RIO smashes the status-quo by publishing ALL research ideas & outcomes that constitute the research cycle, including: project proposals, data, methods, workflows, software, project reports and research articles. It’s simply a more accurate reflection of the real process of research.

All this supported by the latest innovations and tailored to your needs!

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