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Discipline Biology, medicine
Language English
Edited by Peter Binfield
Publication details
PeerJ (USA, UK)
Publication history
February 2013-present
Frequency Upon acceptance
License CC-BY 4.0
ISSN 2167-8359
OCLC no. 793828439

PeerJ is an open access peer-reviewed scientific journal covering research in the biological and medical sciences.[1][2] 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),[3] with financial backing of USD 950,000 from O'Reilly Media and O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures.[4] It was officially launched in June 2012, started accepting submissions on December 3, 2012, and published its first articles on February 12, 2013.[1] The PeerJ journal is indexed in PubMed, PubMed Central, Scopus, the DOAJ, Google Scholar, EMBASE, CAB Abstracts and the ACS databases.[5][6][7][8] The company is a member of CrossRef,[9] CLOCKSS,[10] ORCID,[9] and the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association.[11] 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.[12] PeerJ is complemented by a preprint service named PeerJ Preprints which launched on April 3, 2013.[13] 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.[14]

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.[15] Authors are charged $99 to be able to publish one paper a year, $199 for two papers a year and $299 for unlimited publications.[16] Submitted research is judged solely on scientific and methodological soundness (just like at PLoS ONE), with peer reviews published alongside the papers.[17]

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.[18]

On September 12, 2013 the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers awarded PeerJ "Publishing Innovation" of the year.[19]

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