PeerJ March Newsletter: 1500+ submissions in Feb and meet the PeerJ Section Editors

With our five-year celebrations fully underway, we’ve had a busy month! Here is an overview of what has been going on at PeerJ this month.

Over 1500 submissions received in February for #PeerJ5Years!

Last month, we celebrated our fifth anniversary of publishing by offering full fee waivers for all articles submitted in February. We are thrilled to report we received over 1500 submissions. These submissions are now in peer review and we look forward to publishing in the coming weeks!

We would like to thank our community for making our 5th year the best year yet! Take a look back on what PeerJ has achieved in our first five years in our milestone timeline.

Announcing the PeerJ Section Editors

As part of our community-driven reboot of the PeerJ editorial model, we are pleased to announce our newly-appointed Section Editors below.

EcologyDezene Huber and Ann Hedrick
Biodiversity and ConservationPatricia Gandini and David Roberts
Zoological ScienceMichael WinkJennifer Vonk, and Nigel Andrew
Bioinformatics and GenomicsKeith Crandall and Elena Papaleo
Aquatic BiologyRob Toonen and James Reimer
MicrobiologyValeria Souza and Siouxsie Wiles
Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular BiologyVladimir Uversky and Pedro Silva
Plant BiologyJeff Ross Ibarra and Sheila McCormick
Brain and CognitionStephen Macknik and Claire Fletcher Flinn
Paleontology and Evolutionary ScienceLaura Wilson and Andy Farke

To create wider community consensus and oversight in a journal publishing thousands of articles per year, subject areas will be grouped into the above sections and these Section Editors will help to curate and highlight important new research findings published within their sections.

A big welcome to our new Section Editors! You can find out more about the team and their role in this blog post.

PeerJ in the news: New species of terrestrial-breeding frogs

Researchers describe a new species of small strabomantid frog (genus Psychrophrynella) found in the humid montane forest in Peru. Author Alessandro Catenazzi shares more on the findings in the press release: “We know the Andes are extremely rich in biodiversity, but people don’t spend a lot of time looking for small things. It’s tedious work. But there is a high value for conservation if we take the time to document.”

Read the full article: Psychrophrynella glauca sp. n., a new species of terrestrial-breeding frogs (Amphibia, Anura, Strabomantidae) from the montane forests of the Amazonian Andes of Puno, Peru.

PeerJ articles are viewed and downloaded by millions of readers from hundreds of countries. Read more on PeerJ’s global readership.

Latest from the PeerJ blog

A recent blog post looks back on some of the headline-making research published in PeerJ and PeerJ Computer Science over the last five years. With over 4,500 articles peer reviewed and published in just 5 years we are proud to be an established and reputable innovator in academic communication.

As we wrap up our #PeerJ5Years celebrations, we look forward to the next five years of bringing science to the world stage — and, most importantly, to continuing to give science and the work of our community the spotlight. Thanks for being part of the journey!

– the PeerJ team

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