Celebrating the One Year Anniversary of the IABO Hub

by | Sep 27, 2023 | Hubs, Hubs News

IABO – the International Association for Biological Oceanography – were the first research association to partner with PeerJ and launch their own Hub. After working closely with IABO to create a design and functionality that delivered on our collective vision, the IABO Hub opened for submissions on the 27th of September 2022 and became the official publishing home of the International Association for Biological Oceanography. Since then, the IABO Hub has continued to publish the latest biological oceanography research from the members of IABO.

Submissions to the Hub are assessed by the Hub Editorial Team – all of whom are IABO members – to ensure that the research featured in the Hub is of interest to the wider IABO membership. Articles are peer-reviewed and published in the Open Access journal PeerJ Life and Environment. The IABO Hub has received over 150 submissions from IABO members all over the world, with many of these from new members who joined IABO to become part of the Hub Community and utilize the additional benefits offered by the Hub.


IABO Hub Community Members. As an international association, IABO has seen researchers from over 70 countries join their Hub.


So far, 37 articles have been published, with plenty more under active peer review. IABO Hub articles have covered biological oceanography topics from microbes to killer whales, and have been viewed over 24,000 times.

To mark this anniversary, PeerJ have put together an abstract book of the articles published in the first year of the IABO Hub, which can be downloaded here. We also asked the IABO Hub Editorial Team to select their favourite research from those article published so far. You can read their picks, and the reasons behind those choices, on our blog.

What is a Hub?

PeerJ Hubs (https://peerj.com/hubs) are a new publishing concept for scholarly societies and research organizations, providing a sustainable Open Access publishing option to help grow and develop partner associations. A PeerJ Hub is an overlay journal built on top of PeerJ’s existing infrastructure and journal portfolio, allowing societies and research associations to create a branded, Open Access publishing option for their members with minimal fuss.

Hubs are free to launch, whether your organization wants to create its first publication, or is seeking a fully OA, funder-compliant option to complement existing options. You can read more by downloading our Hubs Prospectus.

If you are interested in discussing your own Hub, please contact communities@peerj.com.



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