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, USA), and London (Great Britain).

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DisciplineBiology, medicine
Edited by
  • Jason Hoyt
  • Peter Binfield
Publication details
Publication history
FrequencyUpon acceptance
LicenseCC-BY 4.0
Standard abbreviations
OCLC no.793828439

Business model

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 October 1, 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 (basic membership) or five per year for $499 (premium membership).[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.


The journal is abstracted and indexed in Science Citation Index Expanded, PubMed, PubMed Central, Scopus, Web of Science, Google Scholar, the DOAJ, the American Chemical Society (ACS) databases, EMBASE, CAB Abstracts, Europe PubMed Central, AGORA, ARDI, HINARI, OARE, the ProQuest databases, and OCLC.[15] According to the Journal Citation Reports, it has a 2016 impact factor of 2.2.[16]

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.[17]

On September 12, 2013 the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers awarded PeerJ the "Publishing Innovation" of the year award.[18]

Computer science and chemistry journals

On 3rd February 2015, PeerJ launched a new journal dedicated to computer science: PeerJ Computer Science.[19] The first article on PeerJ Computer Science was published on 27th May 2015.[20]

On 6th November 2018, PeerJ launched five new journals dedicated to chemistry: PeerJ Physical Chemistry, PeerJ Organic Chemistry, PeerJ Inorganic Chemistry, PeerJ Analytical Chemistry, and PeerJ Materials Science.[21]

See also


  1. ^ a b Van Noorden, R. (2012). "Journal offers flat fee for 'all you can publish'". Nature. 486 (7402): 166. Bibcode:2012Natur.486..166V. 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".
  6. ^ a b "Scholarly Publishing 2012: Meet PeerJ".
  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".
  10. ^ "PeerJ preprints".
  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 2018-03-10.
  15. ^ "Impact factor and indexing". Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  16. ^ "PeerJ". 2016 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2017.
  17. ^ (2013-04-29). "The Idea Makers: Tech Innovators 2013". Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  18. ^ "ALPSP announces award winners".
  19. ^ - PeerJ announces new journal: PeerJ Computer Science
  20. ^ "Achieving human and machine accessibility of cited data in scholarly publications" by Starr and colleagues
  21. ^ - Get ready for Chemistry at PeerJ: Five new journals in Chemistry from Open Access publisher PeerJ

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