Discover PeerJ Hubs today – a sustainable Open Access solution for scholarly societies and research associations

We are excited to announce that the first PeerJ Hubthe IABO Hub – is now live, and we encourage you to explore it today.

The Hub is a community-led scholarly publishing channel for members of IABO – the International Association for Biological Oceanography. It has been developed with a team from IABO to ensure it meets the needs of a modern, international research association, and built in such a way that we can launch a Hub to suit any size or type of society or similar organization. A range of tools and analytics allow you to measure the impact of your Hub, and incentives for prospective members will grow your organization. And, importantly, Hubs are free for organizations to launch.

Hubs feature the latest research from members of partner organizations, with meaningful benefits for members and tools to grow your society or research association and measure its impact.

IABO Hub Homepage

Hubs offer a range of Editorial Models – IABO has chosen the Curation Editorial Model. In this model, submissions to the Hub are assessed by the Hub Editorial Team. Made up of IABO members, the Hub Editorial Team ensures that the research featured on the Hub is of interest to IABO’s members. Articles are peer reviewed and published in PeerJ, the Open Access journal for life and environmental sciences, meaning IABO members can immediately access this high-quality, indexed journal. Other models can include foregoing the initial assessment process (the Collation Editorial Model), and building your own Hub Editorial Board to manage the peer review of full submissions (the Assessment Editorial Model).

Example of a Hub Editorial Dashboard

IABO Members receive tangible benefits when they choose to publish via the Hub, including discounted publishing.

Like all PeerJ contributors, Hub users earn PeerJ Tokens for their contributions to peer review, which they can choose to donate to a Hub Cooperative Publishing Fund; they also have the option to convert into Tokens the discount they receive when publishing and add them to the Fund. IABO members who don’t have access to funding to publish Open Access can request to use the Fund, which will be managed by IABO. Supporters of IABO and funders of biological oceanography research can also buy Tokens to donate to the Fund, which has been seeded by PeerJ so that there is funding immediately available. 

Anyone can browse the Hub, read the research and make a presubmission enquiry, but members can access more features – and unlock benefits – by joining the Hub Community.

Articles are branded with the partner’s logo and linked to the Hub

The Hub is managed by IABO members, with dedicated support from a PeerJ Editorial Community Manager. IABO can access a range of metrics to measure the impact and success of the Hub, the community and their research, and Hub Admins can download reports and visualisations of the Hub’s progress and development. 

Example of a Hub Cooperative Publishing Fund Dashboard


Sustainable Open Access solution for societies and research associations

Members of societies and research associations who choose – or are required – to publish Open Access often face inaccessible and unequitable APCs. We’ve developed Hubs in such a way that any research organization can build and manage their own publication. We’ll provide the support they need from our publishing and editorial services, including access to our industry-leading submission system. Meanwhile, their members are rewarded for their contribution to peer review, allowing them to cooperatively support each other to publish OA. We are confident that PeerJ Hubs is the missing link to sustainably transitioning to Open Access for societies and research associations across the sciences and the globe. 

Hubs are free for organizations to launch, but spaces in the roadmap are limited. If you’d like to discuss launching a Hub for your organization, contact PeerJ today to start a conversation. Early adopters will have more input into the development of Hubs, with plenty of new tools and functionality in the pipeline.

PeerJ welcomes partnership inquiries from scholarly societies and research associations who want to launch their own Hub. Contact PeerJ or visit the PeerJ Hubs homepage to download the Hubs prospectus to find out more.

“It’s been great working with PeerJ to develop our Hub,” says Cesar Cordeiro, Hub Editor and member of IABO’s Scientific Committee. “Through a truly collaborative effort we’ve built something that will serve the needs of the biological oceanography community.”


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