Free Marine Biology & Biological Oceanography publishing – celebrating the launch of the IABO Hub (and our 10th birthday!)

In 2022 we are celebrating a decade of PeerJ – and the launch of the first PeerJ Hub! PeerJ is now 10 years old, but the IABO Hub is less than 10 weeks old! All year we’ve been launching celebratory promotions – or birthday presents – to share our thanks and appreciation to our users who have made the last decade possible.

We are delighted to announce that we are offering 100% Article Processing Charge waivers for submissions made to the IABO Hub until December 10th.

To be eligible for free publishing, make an abstract submission via the IABO Hub before midnight on December 10th. It takes less than 5 minutes to submit – you can do so here:

You abstract will be assessed by the IABO Editorial Team. If they think your submission will be of interest to the IABO community, you will receive an email asking you to start a full submission to PeerJ Life & Environment. You need to complete the full submission before January 15th to receive the 100% fee waiver.

You must also be an IABO Member and join the Hub Community to receive the waiver. It’s free to do both!

  • If you haven’t got your IABO Membership number yet, you can apply here.
  • You can join the Hub Community here.

As well as being a great opportunity to publish for free in a highly visible and well-respected journal, we hope it will be a great way to kickstart the IABO Hub. The Hub features the latest research published by the members of IABO, an international non-governmental non-profit organization that seeks to promote the advancement of knowledge of the biology of the sea by providing opportunities for communication between marine biologists.

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Hub Benefits

If you are a biological oceanography researcher or marine biologist, we highly recommend becoming a member of IABO and joining the Hub community, which gives you the following benefits:

  • It’s free to join!
  • 10% discount on Article Processing Fee.
  • Connect with a community of researchers with shared interests.
  • Raise your profile in your field.
  • Access and contribute to the Hub Cooperative Publishing Fund.
  • Keep up to date with the latest research in your field.

If you would like any further information, please email

One of many birthday celebrations

We’re continuing to announce new celebrations for our 10th birthday, so keep an eye out on the blog, follow us on Twitter or sign up for email alerts to be the first to find out. 


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. Abstract submissions must be made via the IABO Hub before midnight (PST) on December10th, 2022. To receive the waiver, your submission must be approved by the IABO Hub Editorial Team; you must join IABO and the IABO Hub Community (both of which are free to do); you must complete the full submission of the abstract approved by the IABO Hub Editorial Team by January 15th. Waivers are non-transferable. If you have any questions please contact the PeerJ Communities Team.

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