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.
You don't have to wait to submit either, use the multi-author/group payment form after which you will receive a paid publishing plan link to share with each of them.
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, $99 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 $40.
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 publishing plans to submit a review at least once per year (and we consider a 'review' to be an informal comment on a submission to PeerJ PrePrints; a formally requested peer review* of a paper submitted to PeerJ; or an informal comment on a published paper). If you choose not to perform at least one review every 12 months, then at our discretion your publishing plan will 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.
* Formal peer reviews will come as an invitation from an Academic Editor and only qualified researchers are asked to peer review.
We hope you agree that $99 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 savings you see on the frontpage of 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. At just $99 per author, this means PeerJ saves a considerable amount with each new publication. 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.