We are pleased to announce [PDF] that four* universities have entered into an institutional arrangement to centrally fund PeerJ Membership fees for their faculty.
Since announcing ourselves last June, we have seen a lot of interest from institutions in the PeerJ model. Of course, our Membership fees are already very low for individuals, but this low price point also means that an institution is able to centrally fund the memberships of a large number of faculty and authors for a very low outlay. Literally, for the price of one year’s access to two or three subscription journals, a library can make a single payment and provide PeerJ memberships to hundreds of their faculty. And those memberships are for life, meaning that those faculty can then publish with PeerJ for free, forever.
The four universities who have now entered into an arrangement for their faculty are Duke University, the University of Nottingham (UK), the University of Birmingham (UK), and Arizona State University.
Here’s what two of those institutions had to say about PeerJ:
“The University of Nottingham is a longstanding advocate of open access publishing, and we are delighted to be working with PeerJ. Their publication model offers a genuine and affordable alternative to authors and academic institutions seeking to secure free access to their research.”
– Rob Johnson, University of Nottingham
“PeerJ is breaking ground with an innovative publishing platform and business model, presenting an affordable, high quality option for researchers in the biological, medical, and health sciences. The Arizona State University Libraries are pleased to support PeerJ’s creative effort in scholarly publishing.”
– Anali Perry, Arizona State University Libraries
Institutions can choose to purchase individual memberships for their authors in advance (and distribute them as they choose), or they can pre-pay for memberships which are then used by their faculty as and when they come to publish at PeerJ. Both options allow an institution to provide an Open Access option to a large number of their authors, in an extremely affordable way.
Any Institution, Library, Consortia, Foundation or Funding Body interested in discussing one of these arrangements can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or via our website at https://peerj.com/pricing/institutions/