PeerJ, the peer-reviewed journal in biology, life sciences, and medicine, received a first (partial) Impact Factor of 2.1 in June 2015.
For those not familiar with this metric, the 2014 Impact Factor is the number of citations in 2014 to articles published in 2012 and 2013 divided by the number of articles published in 2012 and 2013. Our very first Impact Factor can be classed as partial, because PeerJ only began publishing articles in February 2013, therefore the citation data was drawn from only 10.5 months of published articles rather than the standard 24 months. A full impact factor can be expected in 2016. Learn more about PeerJ's Impact Factor and the journal's views on responsible usage.
To receive an Impact Factor PeerJ is indexed in the Web of Science databases, including the Journal Citation Reports ('JCR').
That of course depends on the time frame looked at, however taking the typical time frame of two years then the citation distribution as of May 2015 is:
And remember that many more download, read, and utilize than ever formally cite a paper.
PeerJ is fully indexed in PubMed, PubMed Central (PMC), the Science Citation Index Expanded (aka the Web of Science), the Journal Citation Reports (the journal received a 2014 Impact Factor), Google Scholar, Scopus, Europe PMC, Biological Abstracts, BIOSIS Previews, CAB Abstracts, the ACS Databases, EMBASE, the DOAJ, AGORA, ARDI, HINARI, and OARE. Other indexing locations are being added, for example Microsoft Academic Search, MEDLINE, etc.
The individual publishing decisions will be up to each individual Academic Editor, not the publisher. That said, the acceptance rate of PeerJ is similar to other journals that ask peer reviewers to judge the merits of a manuscript based solely on the soundness of its methodology and conclusions, rather than novelty or expected impact. In November 2015 we added our Acceptance rates to the PeerJ Blog, and as you can see we Accept approximately 58% of all submissions (though this varies between subjects etc).
With this in mind we do our best to get a first decision back to authors as rapidly as possible, where the current time has a median of just 27 days across all subject areas.
PeerJ considers submissions of Research Articles in the Biological and Medical Sciences (this scope includes, for example, disciplines such as the life & biological sciences; biotechnology; basic medical sciences; medical specialties; health sciences and other similar fields).
PeerJ Computer Science covers most areas of computer science
For a full list of subjects, visit our subjects page.
Please also check your "Promotions" tab if you have tabs enabled, in addition to your spam folder.
Step #1: Go to the promotions tab and find any emails from PeerJ that you instead would like to receive in your "Primary" tab.
Step #2: Drag the email over to the "Primary" tab. Or right click and choose "Move to tab" then "Primary."
PeerJ started out with per author Memberships. However, some organizations do not allow personal memberships for reimbursement.
Another reason is that our mission is to make high quality Open Access and peer-reviewed publishing as affordable as possible. Some articles may have a lot of authors, and so the APC fixed price would be the cheaper option.
Finally, for some the fixed per article "APC" is easier to explain to co-authors or funding agencies.
Not at the moment. You can still pay the "APC" per article charge if that is the cheaper option for you versus new memberships for co-authors.
APC - no requirements
Any reviewing requirements are only for memberships, and do not apply when paying for the one-off Article Pricing Charge (APC).
Memberships - annual reviewing commitment (see definition of review below)
We aim to make PeerJ a community, and no one is forced to provide a review if they choose not to do so. To help the community though, we are incentivizing participation by inviting those with paid memberships to submit a review at least once per year.
If you choose not to perform at least one review every 12 months, then at our discretion your membership could lapse and you will need to pay $99 to reactivate your plan the next time you want to publish with PeerJ. We think this give-and-take is fair to the community as it incentivizes participation in the ongoing task of peer review and will collectively reduce everyone's burden.
Yes. You can pay for yourself, a few, or all of your co-authors in a single payment. Once you have submitted your manuscript you will see the payment options at the bottom of your manuscript dashboard.
The second option is to pay for the article, rather than individual memberships. Look for the "APC" or article pricing after submitting.
Authors who choose to pay for a publishing plan at submission get the cheapest rates, however authors can choose to submit for 'free' and pay only once accepted - in that instance their publication rates are slightly higher.
Our base model is for you to get a publishing plan on or before submission. However, when you pay at the point of submission, then there is the risk that having taken your money, we still unfortunately reject your manuscript. Therefore, you might not want to take this risk. In addition, because this is a new business model, people are not necessarily used to paying on submission.
We want everyone to be comfortable with their PeerJ experience, therefore we also allow people to submit for free. However, in that instance they need to pay after final acceptance and before final publication.
If you pay for a publishing plan at time of submission then you get the cheapest rates available (for example, $199 for the Basic plan), but if you choose to submit for free and pay only upon acceptance then you will pay an additional premium of $50.
We hope you agree that $199 for life is already an incredibly good deal! That said, we do recognize that some people are unable to pay this amount. Therefore, we offer a no questions asked fee waiver, on request, to anyone from countries that are classified by the World Bank as Low-income economies. The waiver simply applies to the publication in question, and is not a waiver for a full publishing plan. We only allow one waiver per person per year.
In addition, any co-author who was an undergraduate at the time of the research may request a waiver (provided the paper has senior co-author(s) who have at least a Basic publishing plan, and provided the article passes peer review as normal). Read more about this policy.
Yes. So for example when you sign up with PeerJ you can use a personal email address (e.g. Gmail, Yahoo), but when confirming your author details in a submission you can choose your institutional email address (corresponding authors emails are published with the manuscript). Since PeerJ publishing plans last a lifetime, this is helpful if you change institutions and no longer have access to the old institutional email (presumably you keep your personal email, Gmail, Yahoo, etc).
To change your PeerJ account email visit https://peerj.com/settings/account/ after logging in. When you confirm your author details on any submitted manuscript use the link that we email out to you to change the manuscript email.
Many estimates put the average cost of an article in a subscription-based journal at $5,333 ($US). And the most popular Open Access journals still charge more than $1,300 per article. One way or another these costs come out of money that could be going to research.
The millions already saved by publishing with PeerJ is based on the average subscription-based article cost less the cost of authors having published in PeerJ. Divide that number by ~5.5 to get the savings over popular Open Access venues. And remember, this is for life, so subsequent publications from the same author continue to save even more.
Finally, PeerJ Preprints (research that hasn't been formally peer-reviewed) are free for authors if made public. The research savings would be even greater than that reported on the frontpage if preprints were included.