DEADLINE EXTENDED: Free ‘research on research’ publishing this October – our latest free birthday celebration!

by | Oct 10, 2022 | A Decade of PeerJ, Announcement, Company News, PeerJ Turns Ten

In 2022 we are celebrating a decade of PeerJ. Launched in June 2012, PeerJ is now 10 years old! We are launching a number of celebratory promotions – or birthday presents! – this year to share our thanks and appreciation to our users who have made the last decade possible.


With Peer Review Week coming to a close, and Open Access week in October, we thought it would be apt if our latest celebration was to be free publication, between October 1st and October 30th, of articles addressing “research on research” (i.e. research practices, research systems, cultures and decision-making).

As an Open Access publisher and OA advocate, PeerJ has always championed open science, ethical research and open publishing practices. Since our launch, we have encouraged our reviewers to sign their peer review and authors to publish their review reports. For example, we require code and data availability for articles submitted to our journals and the use of reporting standards and study guidelines. We were early champions of preprints in the biological sciences, and continue this work with partnerships with the likes of Peer Community in, bioRxiv and ASAPbio. And, of course, we have published over 15,000 Open Access articles in the last decade.

Amongst those are a number of articles on research practices and scientific publishing. We believe it’s important to investigate the efficacy and appropriateness of research practices, including how research is published and disseminated.

Therefore, we are granting 100% APC waivers for any submissions made to PeerJ until October 30th  in these areas of research. To claim the waiver please state “Submitted to the October promotion on ‘research on research’” in the Confidential Note to Staff field when you submit. 

Please note that simple bibliometric analyses of a field of study are out of scope. A bibliometric analysis will be considered if it forms part of a literature review or a research article, where it serves to identify the knowledge gap that is addressed by the research.

We want as many researchers as possible to benefit from this offer, so please share this announcement with your network:

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We’ve included a number of published articles below as examples of the research we’re interested in seeing submitted: 


As mentioned above, at PeerJ we consider ourselves OA Advocates. We’re interested to know why you are an OA advocate. To enter a prize draw to win one of five 100% APC waivers, all you have to do is Tweet about why you’re an Open Access advocate. Using the hashtag #OAadvocate, tell us why you choose Open Access. Tag @thePeerJ so we can see your reply and enter you in the draw. The only rules are that you have to tweet before October 21st!

  • Tweet your support for Open Access publishing – use the hashtag #OAadvocate
  • Be sure to include @thePeerJ so we can see your tweet

CLICK HERE to generate a tweet.

We look forward to hearing why you think advocate for Open Access.

Research on research publishing promotion  – Terms & Conditions

The waiver is only for the APC; other charges may still apply (e.g. for articles longer than 40 typeset pages); author services (copy-editing, video and graphical abstracts) are not included. Submissions must be made in the first 30 days of October, with the deadline being midnight PST on October 30th, 2022. Submissions that are started but not fully submitted, and manuscripts submitted outside of this period, are not eligible. Articles submitted before the promotion period cannot be withdrawn and then resubmitted to receive the waiver.  If you have any questions please contact the PeerJ Communities Team.

OA Advocate prize draw  – Terms & Conditions

You must include the hashtag #OAadvocate in your tweet before midnight PST on October 21st 2022. The waiver is only for the APC; other charges may still apply (e.g. for articles longer than 40 typeset pages); author services (copy-editing, video and graphical abstracts) are not included. The waiver can be used for a submission to any PeerJ journal and is valid

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