Latest Newsletter – Spotlight on Climate Change Biology and Caribou Conservation

Here’s a quick round-up of the latest news and journal developments from the PeerJ team in August. To see how research communication is changing for the better sign up for our alerts.

Spotlight on: Climate Change Biology

It has been distressing to witness the extent of damage caused by severe weather in the USA as well as India, Nepal and Bangladesh in recent days. We know the research community at large will certainly be affected by the flooding of universities, labs, research centers, field sites and homes. We are encouraged by efforts aimed at helping displaced researchers and hope relief comes swiftly and to the fullest extent.

The events taken place have certainly fortified our commitment to climate change research. In particular, we are eager to build open access resources for such vital, life-saving research areas. Last month, we announced the addition of new subject areas related to climate change and above is a quick spotlight overview of our Climate Change Biology subject page.

We actively welcome submissions in this area. If you work in this subject area and would like us to speak about open access options for researchers at your institution or you know of any meetings we could attend to get the word out to climate researchers, do email our Community Manager Sierra Williams –

PeerJ in the news: Canadian caribou conservation strategies

PeerJ research in the headlines this week looks at effective ways to save endangered caribou populations in Canada. In this study, researchers investigated the effectiveness of a new government strategy in Canada to stabilize the caribou population by reducing invasive moose populations, which has indirectly lowered the density of the caribou’s primary predator – wolves. (See The New York Times and Motherboard)

The researchers worked with the PeerJ team to produce a graphical abstract for this article to communicate its key findings. If you are interested in communicating your research to wider audiences, get in touch (

New Palaeontology Collection for SVPCA/SPCC 2017

The Conference Collection for the upcoming Symposium on Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy (SVPCA) held in conjunction with the Symposium on Palaeontological Preparation and Conservation (SPPC) is now live. The collection contains abstracts, posters, talk slides, and full-length manuscripts describing work to be presented at the event, which takes place from the 12-15 September in Birmingham (UK).

We interviewed conference organizer Professor Richard Butler ahead of this year’s meeting. Conference collections are a great way to share preprints, conference slides, posters and abstracts quickly with conference attendees and the wider scientific community.

7 reasons why PeerJ is the right publisher for your next conference or symposia.

Community insights: your views, shared widely

You may have noticed that we have started sharing our Author Feedback quotes on social media and across our website. We are proud to have such strong and vocal support from our authors and your words will always be more convincing than ours! Make sure to also check out our new content under the heading ‘Why PeerJ’ which may be useful when discussing with colleagues where to publish next.

In the next few months we are looking forward to engaging researchers about innovations in and improvements to peer review for Peer Review Week. We are also busy preparing for Open Access Week taking place 23-29 October. This year’s theme is “Open in order to…” and events will look at the range of concrete benefits of making your research openly available.

If you are hosting an event, we would be very happy to join and speak about PeerJ’s approach to transparency in peer review and the many direct and positive impacts of open access and open science. We can also provide PeerJ materials (stickers, buttons, etc) for your institution’s open access advocacy efforts. Get in touch with Sierra – to coordinate further.

Latest from the PeerJ blog

We featured three author interviews this month on the PeerJ blog. In the first, Marcio Pie discussed the findings of two new species of miniaturized toadlet in southern Brazil and shares some great photos from the field.

We interviewed John Wares about the findings from the study “RNA expression and disease tolerance are associated with a “keystone mutation” in the ochre sea star Pisaster ochraceus” and how the identified DNA mutation may affect the species’ tolerance to stress, disease, and environmental change.

Finally, author Caleb Bryce shared his thoughts on “Energetics and evasion dynamics of large predators and prey: pumas vs. hounds“. The study used accelerometer-GPS collars to investigate the advantages and disadvantages of two divergent hunting modes: “charge and chase” vs “surprise and subdue”.

Looking forward to sharing more fascinating science stories in September! To get the latest updates sent straight to your inbox, sign up for our alerts.