The Faculty of 1000 is an innovative Web-based literature awareness tool published by BioMed Central. This new research service provides scientists with a continuously updated insider's guide to biology's most important papers, based on the recommendations of a faculty of more than 1,400 selected leading researchers.

Each month these scientists review two to four of the most noteworthy papers they have read, which may or may not be authored by F1000 members, and post evaluations and comments on the Faculty of 1000 Web site. The reviews are organized by topic, so users can easily find articles in their particular field. Each specialty area has a Top 10 list, indexing the most highly rated articles in that field over the previous month. This list is updated daily. Only articles that have been actively picked in the preceding month are listed. A general Top 10 lists the hottest papers overall.

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