PeerJ Factsheet
A one-page facts and stats PDF, to help when considering journal options with your co-authors.

Reduced-cost publishing

Our modern approach delivers more for less

We aim to improve the quality and speed of peer review, while reducing the cost to publish. Using the latest technology and a laser-focus on quality, user experience and efficiency, our articles showcase scholarly communication at its finest.


APC cost comparison

How does our Article Processing Charge (APC) compare to other journals?


Show details Article Processing Charge (APC)
PeerJ
  • Custom-built, easist-to-use submission interface
  • Peer-review
  • First decision in 26 days
  • PDF proofing
  • Auto-indexing in important databases
  • Citation, view, download, share etc. reports
  • Addition to a collection (on arrangement)
$1,095
PeerJ Computer Science
  • All same features as PeerJ Bio journal above
$895
Nature Communications

  • No custom-built, easiest-to-use submission interface
  • Decision not as fast (PeerJ is 2.4x faster)
  • No post-production sharing reminders

$5,200 +$4,105
Cell Reports

  • No custom-built, easiest-to-use submission interface
  • No post-production sharing reminders

$5,000 +$3,905
BMJ Open

  • No custom-built, easiest-to-use submission interface
  • Decision not as fast (PeerJ is 2.9x faster)
  • No post-production sharing reminders

$3,900 +$2,805
eLife

  • Decision not as fast (PeerJ is 1.4x faster)
  • No post-production sharing reminders

$2,500 +$1,405
Scientific Reports

  • No custom-built, easiest-to-use submission interface
  • Decision not as fast (PeerJ is 2x faster)
  • No PDF proofing
  • No post-production sharing reminders

$1,675 +$580
PLOS ONE

  • No custom-built, easiest-to-use submission interface
  • Decision not as fast (PeerJ is 2.9x faster)
  • No PDF proofing
  • No post-production sharing reminders
  • No free addition to collection info

$1,495 +$400
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I would recommend PeerJ over PLoS One, both are open source and publish general articles but PeerJ is more affordable and the submission process is much less arduous.
Brandie Wagner, PeerJ Author

Lifetime memberships

We are the only journal that offers memberships, allowing you to publish for life with a one-off payment

PeerJ memberships deliver a paradigm shift in how journals can work for individual researchers and on behalf of the wider scholarly community. By becoming a PeerJ member (with no recurring fees), you can publish 1, 2 or 5 articles a year, for the whole of your career.

  • One-off payment
  • Basic membership - publish 1 article a year
  • Enhanced membership - publish 2 articles a year
  • Premium membership - publish 5 articles a year
  • All co-authors of your article require a membership for publication
  • Additional fees may be required for very long manuscripts
Read more about our memberships
To my limited knowledge, PeerJ is a new concept of peer-reviewed publishing that is not only free for readers, but also free for authors after a small one-time membership fee. PeerJ might have set the future direction of scientific publication.
Eric Su, PeerJ Author