We're getting in touch to follow up discussions of publishing national or regional
data from Your DNA, Your Say, and with a proposal for discussion at our meeting in
Your DNA, Your Say has the potential to generate a large number of country and regional
papers, as well as the meta-analyses papers. Our intention is to continue to direct the
meta-analysis papers to international journals. However, we are also focussed on finding
publication avenues for the national and regional analyses that are ongoing.
To date, analyses of individual countries (e.g. Germany) or small groups of countries
(e.g. UK/USA/Canada/Australia) have been published in journals such as the European
Journal for Human Genetics. However, single journals are likely to be overwhelmed if
multiple papers are targeted to them, while distributing the project's findings across
multiple journals would make it more difficult to follow our findings across countries.
Providing a central home for publication would mean that a reader could easily access
publications across the study countries.
We were recently contacted by Wellcome Open Research (WOR)
) about the possibility of hosting our findings there.
WOR is an online, open access journal owned by the Wellcome Trust and open to all
Wellcome-funded research. This includes YDYS through the Sanger group (Anna et al.).
WOR includes topic collections similar to an edited collection. We suggest that such a
collection would be a great publication target for papers reporting country findings from
Your DNA, Your Say, forming a collection on global public perceptions of sharing genomic
and health data. In addition, alongside the YDYS research papers, we can also include
invited commentaries and reflections (called Open Letters) on the implications of the
findings. This would extend the reach of the project and contribute to the wider impact.
We don't need to wait for all papers to be ready before submission - once four or so
papers have been published, the collection would be launched. However, we would propose
aiming to have all papers in by March 2021 with the aim of launching the collection then.
WOR enables rapid publication, because the papers are made available online and peer
review occurs post-publication. Peer review is open, and reviews are published alongside
Existing collections can be seen here https://wellcomeopenresearch.org/collections
details are here https://wellcomeopenresearch.org/for-authors/article-guidelines
We're happy to talk about this in more detail at our meeting in January but it would
be great to hear your thoughts, specifically:
1. Is this something you're interested in and are you happy to target your YDYS
country level analysis to a WOR collection?
2. Do you expect to have your analysis ready to submit by February/March 2021?
3. Are you able to propose 1-2 reviewers for your paper, at least one of whom should
be outside your institution and country?
We hope you're keeping well, and we're looking forward to speaking soon
Richard and Anna
Dr Richard Milne
Senior Social Scientist, Society and Ethics Research, Wellcome Genome Campus
Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow, University of Cambridge
Co-Lead, ELSI theme, Cambridge Public Health
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