PeerJ

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PeerJ  
PeerJ logo transparent.png
Discipline Biology, medicine
Language English
Edited by
Publication details
Publisher
PeerJ
Publication history
2013–present
Frequency Upon acceptance
Yes
License CC-BY 4.0
2.183
Indexing
ISSN 2167-8359
OCLC no. 793828439
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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 CEO Jason Hoyt (formerly at Mendeley) and publisher Peter Binfield (formerly at PLOS ONE),[2][3][4] with financial backing of US$950,000 from O'Reilly Media and O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures.[5] 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 company is a member of CrossRef,[6] CLOCKSS,[7] ORCID,[6] and the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association.[8] The company's offices are in Corte Madera (California), and London.

Business model[edit]

PeerJ uses a business model that differs from traditional publishers – in that no subscription fees are charged to its readers – and also used to differ from the major open-access publishers in that publication fees were not levied per article but per publishing researcher and at a much lower level.[9] PeerJ is complemented by a preprint service named PeerJ Preprints which launched on April 3, 2013.[10] The low costs were said to be in part achieved by using cloud infrastructure: both PeerJ and PeerJ Preprints run on Amazon EC2, with the content stored on Amazon S3.[11]

Originally, PeerJ charged authors a one-time membership fee that allowed 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.[12] Submitted research is judged solely on scientific and methodological soundness (as at PLoS ONE), with a facility for peer reviews to be published alongside each paper.[13]

However, since 1 October 2016 at least, PeerJ has reverted to a more conventional open access model of charging per article published, coupled with an alternative lifetime membership subscription. The current charges for publishing a single article in PeerJ are $1095.00, and life-time membership permitting one free paper per year for life is $399.00 [14]. Because all authors on a paper are required to be members, it may sometimes be cheaper to pay the per publication charge than paying membership fees for all authors.

Reception[edit]

The journal is abstracted and indexed in the Science Citation Index Expanded, PubMed Central, Scopus, EMBASE, CAB Abstracts, and ACS databases.[15][16][17][18] According to the Journal Citation Reports, it has a 2015 impact factor of 2.183.[19]

In April 2013 The Chronicle of Higher Education selected PeerJ CEO and co-founder Jason Hoyt as one of "Ten Top Tech Innovators" for the year.[20]

On September 12, 2013 the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers awarded PeerJ the "Publishing Innovation" of the year award.[21]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Van Noorden, R. (2012). "Journal offers flat fee for 'all you can publish'". Nature. 486 (7402): 166. doi:10.1038/486166a. PMID 22699586. 
  2. ^ "New front in open access science publishing row". Reuters. 
  3. ^ "Jason Hoyt". 
  4. ^ "Pete Binfield". 
  5. ^ "Tim O'Reilly Backs New Open-Source Publisher PeerJ". dowjones.com. 
  6. ^ a b "Scholarly Publishing 2012: Meet PeerJ". PublishersWeekly.com. 
  7. ^ PeerJ Preserves with the CLOCKSS Archive (WebCite archive)
  8. ^ OASPA - list of members (WebCite archive)
  9. ^ "New Open Access Journal Lets Scientists Publish 'til They Perish". sciencemag.org. 
  10. ^ "PeerJ preprints". worldcat.org. 
  11. ^ "Pay (less) to publish: ambitious journal aims to disrupt scholarly publishing". Ars Technica. 
  12. ^ "Pando: PeerJ Raises $950K from Tim O'Reilly's Ventures To Make Biomedical Research Accessible to All". Pando. 
  13. ^ "New OA Journal, Backed by O'Reilly, May Disrupt Academic Publishing - The Digital Shift". The Digital Shift. 
  14. ^ "Open Access publication prices". Retrieved 2017-04-19. 
  15. ^ PeerJ accepted for indexing by PubMed Central, PubMed and Scopus - PeerJ Blog
  16. ^ PeerJ accepted for indexing by CAB Abstracts - PeerJ Blog
  17. ^ PeerJ accepted for indexing by the DOAJ - PeerJ Blog
  18. ^ PeerJ accepted for indexing by EMBASE - PeerJ Blog
  19. ^ "PeerJ". 2015 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2016. 
  20. ^ http://chronicle.com/ (2013-04-29). "The Idea Makers: Tech Innovators 2013". Retrieved 2013-05-01. 
  21. ^ "ALPSP announces award winners". researchinformation.info. 

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