PeerJ comparison

How does PeerJ compare to other journals?

A feature comparison between PeerJ and other leading journals.

If you need more information on a specific feature not covered below, we are happy to help via email: support@peerj.com.


Support

You may need to email our editorial staff for assistance. Unlike most other journals, we prioritize author support to guarantee a stress-free publication experience.

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Fast email replies

If you need to email us for assistance, we'll respond within a few hours (if within USA west-coast working hours) or at most within 1 working day.

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Supportive staff interactions

All in-house editorial staff are highly responsive, engaged and supportive. We're proud to say that many authors thank our journal staff by name in our post-publication feedback surveys!

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Responsive on Twitter

We're active and engaged on Twitter, open to discussions and support requests.

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Organized and efficient support team

We use Freshdesk to manage your support emails (used by DHL, Toshiba, Honda etc.). A ticket is created every time you contact us, enabling us to respond quickly and effectively to your query.

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Submission

Our submission system is hand-built to one aim - making your experience as painless, fast and enjoyable as possible. Read what our authors think.

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Stress-free submission system

Most journals use off-the-shelf software you'll recognize. It's clunky, frustrating and feels decades old! PeerJ is custom designed and developed in-house using the same modern tools and approach as Google and Facebook.

And like these modern websites, we prioritize making submitting as easy and enjoyable as possible. Submitting your article doesn't have to be painful!

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Relaxed reference formatting

Most journals require you to re-format your references, a truly life-crushing activity. As long as your references are clear, you can submit with any format you like!

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Relaxed file restrictions

Upload a wide-range of file-types as manuscript files, or supplemental materials.

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No cover letter needed

Our submission system is designed to collect everything your editor and reviewers need to carry out their review. However, if you want to submit an additional message to your editor, you can.

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Fast-tracked submission from bioRxiv, Overleaf, and Peerage of Science

Author your article using one of these useful manuscript write-up services, and submit for peer-review at PeerJ in a few clicks.

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One-click preprint publication when submitting for peer-review

When you submit for peer-review, you can choose to publish an identical version of your article as a preprint within 24 hours. For free! An excellent way to establish precedent, and collect additional reader feedback that your editor can use in their review.

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Chance to preview your reviewing PDF

As the final step before submission, our system generates the PDF that your academic editor and reviewers use for their review. You can check it over, make any tweaks as needed, and regenerate, as many times as you need before you finally submit.

This helps you ensure that your editor and reviewers have the best possible version of your manuscript to review, although they will still have access to all your source files.

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Peer review

All the benefits of traditional peer review - detailed, thoughtful, constructive improvement of your work - updated for the 21st century. View our peer review timeline to see how it works.

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Custom-built peer-review system

Our system guides everyone involved in your article's peer-review to take the right actions, at the right times, with as much automated support as possible.

This helps your reviewers focus on crafting in-depth, constructive reviews, and submitting them quickly. We built PeerJ to be the journal you want to review for!

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We keep you in the loop

We prioritize keeping you informed of your article's progress, with regular updates and important milestone alerts. If there are any delays we let you know what's happening (instead of letting the tumbleweed roll by for months).

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Preprint comments used in peer-review

If the preprint version of your article has received feedback, your editor will consider these in their peer-review (if applicable).

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Reviewer incentives

To reward and incentivise high-quality reviewers, we offer a review certificate, acknowledgment of outstanding reviews, and a $200 publishing credit for on-time reviews.

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Reviewer volunteering

You can choose to include your article on our Reviewer Match page, allowing potential reviewers to volunteer to review your article (instead of being invited directly by your editor). Of course your editor has the final word on who they recruit, but enabling this option does help.

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Author's note to their reviewer

You can submit a personal message to potential reviewers, helping them quickly understand the key points of your work, and why they should review. This has been shown to boost reviewer acceptance rates.

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Optional open (signed) reviewing

Your reviewers have the option of signing their reviews, and you have the option of publishing your review comments alongside your article.

Why? Open reviewing is a powerful tool to help reduce reviewer bias, difficulties in blinding authors/reviewers, opaqueness or subjectiveness of reviews, invitation for undue criticism, and low review quality.

Although optional, we make it as attractive and easy as possible to carry out open reviewing, helping make science more transparent and fair.

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Payment

We want to make publishing as cost-effective as possible. Through the use of modern efficient workflows and new technology we are able to offer a better service at a lower cost than all comparative journals.

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Lowest cost publishing

Publishing at PeerJ costs you less than at PLOS ONE ($1,495 - $2,900) and Scientific Reports ($1,675). PeerJ's Article Processing Charge (APC) is $1,095.

You can save more for single or low author count articles by each author purchasing a PeerJ membership (via a one-off payment) allowing you to publish 1 article every year for life for $399, or an unlimited number of articles a year for $399.

And yes, we know this sounds too good to be true!

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Two ways to pay

You can either pay for publication via a standard APC, or via individual author memberships.

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Publish forever with a PeerJ membership

PeerJ memberships offer lifetime publishing for a one-off cost. Read more about PeerJ memberships.

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Institutional prepaid publishing plans

If your institution has a prepaid plan with us, this may cover your publication payment. See if your instution has a plan with us.

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Pay using Bitcoin

As Bitcoin adoption grows more and more services are offering Bitcoin as a payment option. You can pay to publish using Bitcoin as with any other currency.

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PDF creation

All journals create your final article PDF via a production process. This involves manually typesetting the text, links, images, tables and references of your article.

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Beautiful article design

Our clean and easy-to-read article design is consistently mentioned by our authors, with many citing this as an important reason for choosing to publish with us.

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Author proof-reading of final PDF

Unlike most Open Access journals, we include an author proof-reading stage where you and your co-authors can check through your final PDF for any final tweaks or errors, before it's published.

You can imagine how frustrating it must be to finally have your article published, only to find a typo or other error and not being able to fix it!

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Fast production workflow

We aim to publish as quickly as possible, with a median accept to publication time of 28 days. PeerJ published 5 days a week, so your article will published when it's ready, with no unnecessary delay.

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Publication

Publication day is an important milestone in the life of your article. We work with you to make sure you have everything you need to make it successful.

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Article infographic

Use our infographic service to produce a visual abstract of your article. An engaging way to help share your article on social media, and at conferences.

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Article video abstract

Use our video abstract service to record an interview explaining your work, combined with images and content from you article. A great way to communicate your research in your own words.

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Press release service

We can help you write a press release, and distribute it to our network of press contacts. This helps to maximise the coverage of your article in the media on publication day.

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Accessible HTML article

Your article is published on its own webpage, as well as being downloadable as a PDF. Our article webpages are easy-to-navigate, good looking, and fully optimized to be indexed in the major search engines.

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Post-publication

To maximise the total number of views and citations of your article, you should actively share and engage academics in your work after publication. We help you do this.

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Post-publication todos

We help you share and engage readers in your research, we provide an interactive todo list that covers the key actions you can take e.g. sharing on Twitter, or writing a blog post etc.

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Article Q&A

Readers can ask questions and leave comments on your article, right down the the paragraph level. Allowing you can engage in further conversations about your work.

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Article impact metrics

You can view key impact metrics (e.g. citations, views, downloads, shares), as well as links coverage of your article in the media, blogs etc.

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Milestone emails

When you article receives it's 100th visitor or receives it's first citation, we send you a quick email to let you know. You will be alerted of key milestone view and citation counts for many months after publication.

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Author survey

Every published author is given the opportunity to complete a short feedback survey on their publishing experience. The whole PeerJ team are forwarded your feedback.

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