We are delighted to announce that we are extending our “journal friendliness” to all Peer Communities in, or PCIs. Authors that achieve a positive final recommendation from one of the 15 PCIs can now submit to PeerJ or PeerJ Computer Science and, as long as their submission meets our editorial criteria, journal policies and scope, they will be accepted for publication without further peer review.
The PCI association is a not-for-profit and non-commercial organization created in December 2016. Its members are scientists, and it is managed by scientists, for scientists. The 15 communities of researchers review and recommend articles posted on preprint servers and other open-access repositories.
PeerJ has been a PCI friendly publisher for PCI Registered Reports since last year. Being a PCI friendly publisher aligns with our aims and ethos by serving different research communities, responding positively and cooperatively to the way they want to publish their science. We are excited to be a part of this initiative and to be able to offer the communities an option to rapidly publishing their research.
Authors who wish to submit their PCI recommended article to PeerJ should add a note to the “Confidential Information for PeerJ Staff” field stating they have received a positive PCI recommendation and including the DOI of the recommendation. Our team will then work with the author and the PCI Recommender to accept the article without further review, subject to the authors paying the applicable article processing charge or being PeerJ Lifetime Members.
PCI authors who are considering choosing PeerJ to publish their article are welcome to contact the PeerJ Communities Team with any questions before submitting.
We also welcome applications from PCI Recommenders to join our Editorial Board. You can find more details here.