Help take Open Science to the next level – become a PeerJ Ambassador

From open access articles to preprints to reproducibility initiatives, researchers today have no shortage of opportunities to embrace open science practices. And yet, even though great strides have been made in the last few years, we know that there is still so much more to be done to encourage a widespread shift to make science more robust, more rigorous, and more accessible.

PeerJ is excited to provide new resources and tools for those in our community to help share more about open initiatives, Open Access and PeerJ with their colleagues. Though we have informally encouraged and supported our authors and editors to discuss pressing issues in open science over the years, to scale-up these efforts we are kicking off our formalized PeerJ Ambassadors Program. Through this program, we are eager to support many different open science-related activities and extend the reach of open publishing practices across the world.

Whether you are an early career researcher excited about new opportunities for open science or a senior researcher helping to pave the way for the next generation of scientists, we encourage you to apply to become a PeerJ Ambassador today. Benefits of becoming a PeerJ Ambassador include:

  • Opportunity to apply for travel funding / conference support
  • Customized PeerJ email signature
  • Use of PeerJ channels for live-blogging events
  • Opportunity to network with a group of open science leaders
  • PeerJ Ambassador t-shirt, stickers, postcards, posters
  • Access to the latest PeerJ features

At PeerJ we are committed to making Open Access affordable, fast, and easier for researchers and to improve the overall publishing experience for scientists. To date we have peer-reviewed and published over 5,500 articles and shared over 5,000 preprints. Crucial to this success has been the vocal support of our authors, reviewers and editors over the last five years. To build on this momentum, we are starting a formal PeerJ Ambassador Program designed to support our community’s efforts to discuss PeerJ, open science practices and effective ways of sharing research.

To apply, fill in your details in the application form here and we will be in touch with further information. We look forward to hearing from you and mobilizing efforts towards wider open science.

If you have any questions, do email PeerJ Community Manager Sierra Williams –


Who is eligible to become a PeerJ Ambassador?

Anyone committed to open science. We are particularly looking to link up with those working in academia with some experience in open practices.

What are the responsibilities required of PeerJ Ambassadors?

All we are asking for is a demonstrable commitment to making open science a reality. We know that will look different in different contexts. The main responsibility will be to share what you are doing with your fellow Ambassadors and to be open to new ways of engaging with your own scientific community.

How much of a time commitment is required and for how long?

This is entirely up to each Ambassador. We are not looking to be another burden but to support your existing advocacy and outreach efforts.

How can I sign-up?

Just fill out this form and a member of the PeerJ team will be in-touch. The first round of applications will be accepted by mid October.

Who can I contact if I have any questions?

Email Sierra Williams – if you have any questions or require further information.