Providing access to research and increasing the reach and impact of scholarship are essential to the mission of libraries and PeerJ, an Open Access (OA) publisher, is well positioned to help accomplish this mission.
The Coates Library is pleased to support PeerJ as a paid institutional member. We are offering all research faculty a basic membership to PeerJ, which is yours for life, even if you leave Trinity. PeerJ is an affordable way for academic authors to publish their research in peer-reviewed journals while making that research freely and immediately available.
We have heard from faculty authors that they are shocked and troubled by the amount some publishers ask them to pay in order to make their content Open Access. When we looked at the PeerJ model, we felt that we could afford the price of an institutional membership--especially when one compares that expense to those of individual subscriptions, or the entry cost charged by some for-profit publishers for "Gold OA." Furthermore, we wanted to show faculty authors that we are genuinely committed to supporting new ventures that have the potential to change the scholarly communication system. Unless we try, how can we ever achieve that change?
We trust this membership will encourage Trinity authors to make their scholarship open and freely accessible. If you have questions regarding our support of PeerJ, or other Open Access initiatives supported by Coates Library, please contact Diane Graves.