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PeerJ - the peer reviewed journal

PeerJ is a new peer reviewed journal with the belief that it doesn't cost thousands to publish Open Access or maintain high scientific integrity.

Aims & Scope

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PeerJ is an Open Access, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal. It considers articles in the Biological Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Health Sciences (see these subject areas for a fuller list).
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PeerJ does not publish in the Physical Sciences, the Mathematical Sciences, the Social Sciences, or the Humanities (except where articles in those areas have clear applicability to the core areas of Biological, Medical or Health sciences).
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PeerJ only considers Research Articles. It does not accept Literature Review Articles, Hypothesis Papers, Commentaries, Opinion Pieces, Case Studies, Case Reports etc. which may instead be submitted to PeerJ PrePrints.
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PeerJ evaluates articles based only on an objective determination of scientific and methodological soundness, not on subjective determinations of 'impact,' 'novelty' or 'interest'.
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PeerJ applies the highest standards to everything it does - specifically, the publication places an emphasis on research integrity; high ethical standards; constructive peer-review; exemplary production quality; and leading edge online functionality.
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PeerJ does not accept pre-submission enquiries; however, if you are unsure whether or not your article fits our Scope then please email us at: editorial.support@peerj.com.

Peer Review Criteria

Articles are peer reviewed against criteria which aim to judge whether or not an article should join the Scientific Literature. These criteria are grouped into 3 broad categories:
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Basic Reporting
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Experimental Design
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Validity of the Findings
The specific guidelines for each of these categories can be found on the Editorial Criteria page.

Role of the Academic Editor

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All submissions which pass our basic submission checks are peer reviewed and the peer review process is overseen by an Academic Editor on our Editorial Board.
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Academic Editors are experienced scientists in their field. They act independently from PeerJ and make independent decisions on submissions.
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Individual Academic Editors take on responsibility for individual submissions. They solicit expert peer reviewers to comment on the article and they make an editorial decision based on their knowledge of the field utilizing the input of those reviewers.
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Academic Editors are not permitted to accept a submission unless it has been reviewed by at least one external reviewer. On average, we expect that all submissions will be reviewed by two peer reviewers (in addition to the Academic Editor).
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Academic Editors are required to treat all submissions confidentially; to declare any potential conflicts of interest; and to adhere to the highest prevailing standards of publication ethics.
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The Academic Editor who made the Acceptance decision is named on all published articles.