Why PeerJ?

The benefits of publishing with PeerJ

We know there are a number of different considerations when deciding where to publish your research. The information below highlights PeerJ's distinct advantages compared with other leading publishing options.

If you have a question about any aspect of publishing with us: support@peerj.com.


Excellent reputation

Publishing high-impact research from the world's top academics and institutions
  • Authors at 2,000+ institutions, including all top universities.
  • A high-calibre editorial board, including 5 Nobel Laureates.
  • Full members of COPE and OASPA, as well as 12 other publishing partners.
  • Articles regularly featured in the mainstream media.

Since our launch 4 years ago we have quickly earned a reputation as a high-quality publisher that attracts and publishes world-class research.

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Broad Audience

Publishing at PeerJ guarantees the widest access and impact for your work
  • 10.5M views and downloads (500,000+ monthly visitors).
  • 26k+ researchers subscribed to PeerJ article alerts.
  • Publishing research across 134 subjects.
  • PeerJ articles appear regularly in Altmetric's top 100 global impact rankings.
  • Use our press release service to get your article picked up in newspapers, magazines, broadcast tv and online channels.
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Career-stage benefits

Early-career

  • Broaden your CV by publishing in a multidisciplinary journal, ensuring a larger audience for your next article.
  • Enhance your academic reputation and boost citations with open publishing data sharing.
  • Engaged and constructive author support from journal staff.
  • Peer review based on methodological soundness, not impact or novelty.
  • Open Access publishing maximizes readership of your work.

Senior

  • Prestigious editorial board delivering high-quality peer review.
  • Thoughtful, in-depth and constructive reviews provided by engaged reviewers.
  • Indexed in all the important databases, including Google Scholar, Pubmed, Scopus, Web of Science and more.
  • Articles regularly featured in top science media and news outlets.
  • Broad audience means your work will be read across many different fields.

High-quality peer review

All the benefits of traditional peer review - detailed, thoughtful, constructive improvement of your work - updated for the 21st century
  • A dedicated editor handles your article, and two or more reviewers provide in-depth reviews.
  • Multiple rounds of review.
  • A high-calibre editorial board.
  • 99.6% of published authors surveyed (262 in last 6 months) would recommend PeerJ to a friend.
  • Publishing your review history (optional) supports constructive, and high-quality reviewing.

We focus on delivering a constructive peer review process based on methodological soundness rather than subjective considerations of impact or novelty.

Most journals use peer review software that slows and frustrates their editors and reviewers.

Our submission system is built from the ground up to make submitting, reviewing and editing as easy - and dare we say enjoyable - as possible. This in turn delivers more in-depth reviews, faster, and more often.

View peer review timeline Why publishing your review history is a good idea How to write the perfect rebuttal Letter Read our editorial review criteria

Impact factor

PeerJ has an impact factor, but we suggest you focus on our median citation distribution instead

The widespread misuse of the JIF impact factor contributes to the reproducibility crisis, higher and slower publishing costs and academic fraud.

Instead, the citation distribution is now being used by a growing number of journals as a far better indicator for the spread and variation of citations.

Using the generally recognised citation time-lag of two years, our 2017 median citation distribution is 5.

In detail:

  • 90th percentile: 18.6 citations.
  • 75th percentile: 10 citations.
  • 50th percentile: 5 (median)
  • 25th percentile: 2 citations.

PeerJ's 2016 JIF impact factor is 2.2.

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Fast publishing

24 days to first-decision (across all subjects). Publish quickly without compromising review quality
  • Significantly faster than PLOS ONE (2.5x) and Scientific Reports (2x).
  • Our innovative peer-review system helps you, your editor, and your reviewers work faster and smarter.
  • We publish five days a week to ensure no further delays in the publishing process.
  • Take advantage of PeerJ Preprints to rapidly communicate your work as a preprint prior to publication.
  • Attentive and engaged support staff will help you throughout your article's publication journey.
  • No reference formatting requirements on submitted manuscripts - saving you hours of submission time.

Great publishing tools

PeerJ offers a wealth of tools and services to help you better publish your work
  • Fully typeset publication proofs allow you to catch last minute mistakes to your article before publication. We are one of the few OA publishers to offer this service.
  • Press release service to help generate coverage in online, print and TV media outlets.
  • Indexed in Google Scholar, Pubmed, Scopus, Web of Science and 14+ indexing and archival services automatically on publication.
  • 'One click' submission supported from bioRxiv, Overleaf, and Peerage of Science.
  • Post publication sharing tools, to help you boost the reach and impact of your work.
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Low cost / great value

A superior publishing service for a lower cost than any other journal
  • Submit for free and pay on acceptance.
  • Get a PeerJ membership for a one-off payment, and publish regularly forever, for no additional cost.
  • Our article-processing charge (APC) is significantly cheaper than similar journals (e.g. PLOS ONE and Scientific Reports).
  • Check if your institution has an institutional publishing plan with us to cover your publishing costs.
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