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PeerJ (USA, UK)
PeerJ is an open access peer-reviewed scientific journal covering research in the biological and medical sciences. It is published by a company of the same name that was co-founded by publisher Peter Binfield (formerly at PLOS ONE) and CEO Jason Hoyt (formerly at Mendeley), with financial backing of USD 950,000 from O'Reilly Media and O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures. It was officially launched in June 2012, started accepting submissions on December 3, 2012, and published its first articles on February 12, 2013. The PeerJ journal is indexed in PubMed, PubMed Central, Scopus, the DOAJ, Google Scholar, EMBASE, CAB Abstracts and the ACS databases. The company is a member of CrossRef, CLOCKSS, ORCID, and the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association. They have offices in Corte Madera (California) and London.
PeerJ uses a business model that differs both from traditional publishers - in that no subscription fees are charged to its readers - and from the major open-access publishers in that the publication fees are levied not per article but per publishing researcher and at a much lower level. PeerJ is complemented by a preprint service named PeerJ Preprints which launched on April 3, 2013. The low costs are in part achieved by using cloud infrastructure: both PeerJ and PeerJ Preprints run on Amazon EC2, with the content stored on Amazon S3.
PeerJ charges authors a one-time membership fee that allows them - with some additional requirements, such as commenting upon, or reviewing, at least one paper per year - to publish in the journal for the rest of their life. Authors are charged $99 to be able to publish one paper a year, $199 for two papers a year and $299 for unlimited publications. Submitted research is judged solely on scientific and methodological soundness (just like at PLoS ONE), with peer reviews published alongside the papers.
In April 2013 The Chronicle of Higher Education selected PeerJ and co-founder Jason Hoyt as one of "Ten Top Tech Innovators" for the year.
On September 12, 2013 the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers awarded PeerJ "Publishing Innovation" of the year.
- Van Noorden, R. (2012). "Journal offers flat fee for 'all you can publish'". Nature 486 (7402): 166. doi:10.1038/486166a. PMID 22699586.
- PeerJ (ISSN 2167-8359) at WorldCat
- New front in "open access" science publishing row - Reuters
- Tim O'Reilly Backs New Open-Source Publisher PeerJ - Dow Jones Venture Wire
- PeerJ accepted for indexing by PubMed Central, PubMed and Scopus - PeerJ Blog
- PeerJ accepted for indexing by CAB Abstracts - PeerJ Blog
- PeerJ accepted for indexing by the DOAJ - PeerJ Blog
- PeerJ accepted for indexing by EMBASE - PeerJ Blog
- Scholarly Publishing 2012: Meet PeerJ - Publishers Weekly
- PeerJ Preserves with the CLOCKSS Archive (WebCite archive)
- OASPA - list of members (WebCite archive)
- New Open Access Journal Lets Scientists Publish 'til They Perish - Science Insider
- Peerj preprints (ISSN 2167-9843) at WorldCat
- Pay (less) to publish: ambitious journal aims to disrupt scholarly publishing - Ars Technica
- PeerJ Raises $950K from Tim O’Reilly’s Ventures To Make Biomedical Research Accessible to All - Pando Daily
- New Publishing Venture Gives Researchers Control Over Access - Chronicle of Higher Education
- New OA Journal, Backed by O’Reilly, May Disrupt Academic Publishing - Library Journal
- http://chronicle.com/ (2013-04-29). "The Idea Makers: Tech Innovators 2013". Retrieved 2013-05-01.
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