Environmental Sciences fee waivers, tweets on article pages, salamander mummy – PeerJ Monthly Newsletter

Here’s a quick round-up of the latest news and journal developments from the PeerJ team in October. To get the latest updates and perspectives on scholarly publishing in the 21st century, sign up for our content alerts.

Spotlight on: PeerJ‘s Environmental Sciences expansion

We are thrilled to announce that we have expanded the PeerJ journal to include 15 additional Environmental Science subject areas.

Immediate and open access to environmental science research is vital for addressing global environmental issues. Around the world, the effects of climate change on different ecosystems and habitats require urgent attention and effective, evidence-based action. We encourage all researchers to consider the benefits of open science for tackling these crises.

To underline our commitment to these research areas, we are offering complete fee waivers for all manuscripts submitted to new subjects between 24 October 2017 and 31 January 2018.

More info here on the PeerJ Environmental Sciences expansion.
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PeerJ in the news: Frog-eating salamander mummy

Looking for a good Halloween party conversation starter? The fossil at the heart of recent paper by Tissier et al, Exceptional soft tissues preservation in a mummified frog-eating Eocene salamander, is sure to leave a lasting impression. The paper reports the findings of preserved organs in a 35 million-year-old extinct mummified salamander fossil, including a lung, a spinal cord, muscles, genitals, and frog bones in the digestive tract. Read the news coverage in Gizmodo.

This month we also published research mapping the illegal activities that currently threaten the Brazilian Amazon. Researchers Érico Kauano , Jose Silva and Fernanda Michalski analyzed the range of activities and found that 37% of the infractions fell into the “suppression and degradation of vegetation”, including deforestation, logging of endangered tree species and the unauthorized use of fire. See further discussion of this research at Nature News.

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PeerJ article pages now display tweets

You may have noticed a new feature on our articles pages: articles and preprints now display all corresponding tweets related to the manuscript! We want to make it as easy as possible for authors to scroll through all related tweets about their work and join the discussion online. This feature requires us to have stored the tweets related to article URLs, so it is only available for articles and preprints published from April 2017 onwards.

Efficient publishing + immediate feedback = 21st century science.

Open Access Week Round-up

International Open Access Week took place last week and inspired conversations about how open access to data and research is leading to tangible benefits in the world and what action is required to further encourage more equitable access to information around the world.

SPARC has created a website collating case studies of what openness has enabled, including harnessing the human genome, slowing the spread of HIV, and accelerating research on CRISPR. The site is well worth a browse!

If you are interested in contributing a case study of how your open access research has contributed a tangible benefit to your discipline or society at large, get in touch with our Community Manager: sierra.williams@peerj.com.

Latest from the PeerJ blog

We interviewed Elisa Bandini about the paper Spontaneous reoccurrence of “scooping”, a wild tool-use behavior, in naïve chimpanzees. The study finds that naive chimpanzees use sticks as tools just like their wild cousins do, suggesting social learning is not strictly necessary for tool-based behavior to come about.

PeerJ Academic Editor Christopher Lortie wrote Idea farming for open science: sharing wider scientific outputs will stimulate ideas, discoveries, and outcomes based on his PeerJ Preprint. Drawing on invasion biology, which underlines the important function of less desirable species within an ecosystem, Lortie argues sharing wider outputs of the scientific process could generate a much more efficient workflow for generating ideas and discoveries.

Wishing all you idea farmers out there a productive and efficient science workflow today and next month!

– the PeerJ team