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Discipline Biology, medicine
Language English
Edited by Peter Binfield
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Publication history
Frequency Upon acceptance
License CC-BY 4.0
ISSN 2167-8359
OCLC no. 793828439

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

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.[14] Submitted research is judged solely on scientific and methodological soundness (like at PLoS ONE), with peer reviews published alongside the papers.[15]

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.[16]

On September 12, 2013 the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers awarded PeerJ "Publishing Innovation" of the year.[17]

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