Publish for free in our new Environmental Sciences subject areas

2018 is already shaping up to be an exciting year with new discoveries and incremental research across disciplines playing an important role. At PeerJ we’re looking at ways we can contribute further to advancing wider access to scientific knowledge from journal articles to preprints to wider research outputs like data and software. Peer-reviewed research should be given the chance to reach the widest audience and at PeerJ we are working to make this a reality across a number of subject areas from Biology to Medicine to Computer Sciences to Environmental Sciences.

Back in October of last year, we announced our expansion of the PeerJ journal to include a broader range of Environmental Sciences subjects. To encourage researchers to take advantage of publishing open access, it is also 100% free to publish in our new subject areas until the end of the month.

There is now one week left to take advantage of our fee waiver, so if you have a manuscript ready, submit today.

Just a quick glance at discussions going on at Davos at the World Economic Forum this week underlines the importance of this decisions. Of the top five risks stated to have the biggest impact in the next ten years, climate change directly affects three. Furthermore, we know this is an area of research where access is already in high demand. The most downloaded article on Sci-Hub, the online repository of pirated research papers in 2017 was on climate change. (Related: one of our most viewed PeerJ Preprints of 2017 was on Sci-Hubs extensive coverage – “Sci-Hub provides access to nearly all scholarly literature“.)

It is now more important than ever that Environmental Science research is peer-reviewed and published efficiently and affordably. This is the research that will help us respond to our most pressing challenges over the next 10 years.

Here’s a look at some of our recent publications in our Environmental Sciences section:

Unraveling the structure and composition of Varadero Reef, an improbable and imperiled coral reef in the Colombian Caribbean (Valeria Pizarro et al)

In silico identification of off-target pesticidal dsRNA binding in honey bees (Apis mellifera) (Christina L. Mogren and Jonathan Gary Lundgren)

Profiling soil microbial communities with next-generation sequencing: the influence of DNA kit selection and technician technical expertise (Taha Soliman et al)

Artificial night light alters nocturnal prey interception outcomes for morphologically variable spiders (Suet Wai Yuen and Timothy C. Bonebrake)