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It doesn't need to cost thousands to publish Open Access or to subscribe to academic journals. PeerJ is doing away with all of that.

Free Basic Enhanced Investigator
One-time price
If paid before first manuscript is accepted
- $99 $199 $299
If paid after first manuscript is accepted - $40 $40 $40
PeerJ peer-reviewed publications per year - One Two Unlimited
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What some of our academic advisors are saying

PeerJ brings an exciting and refreshing model of scientific dissemination. I am very pleased to be part of the PeerJ initiative.

Karl Friston

I am excited about PeerJ and predict that it will be successful as academics around the world recognize its unique value. I recommend my colleagues to join and to have their papers published there (and made available Open Access).

Uta Francke

The availability of PeerJ as an open access journal deserves all of our support. The mode of publication is obviously unique and will hopefully find broad support.

Harald zur Hausen - Nobel Laureate

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What does PeerJ cost versus other journals?

That of course depends on how often you publish, but bottom line is a lot when compared to other Open Access venues. Toggle between the two publishing scenarios below to learn why we started PeerJ and how much publishing really costs.

Scenario one - One publication per year

You publish once per year for four years with four other authors. Total of five unique authors, so you buy 5 Basic publishing plans at $99 each. You can pay either for yourself or all of your co-authors.
First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year

Total

PeerJ

$495

0

0

0

$495

Springer Plus $1,110 $1,110 $1,110 $1,110

$4,440

PLOS ONE $1,350 $1,350 $1,350 $1,350

$5,400

Scientific Reports $1,350 $1,350 $1,350 $1,350

$5,400

BMJ Open $2,050 $2,050 $2,050 $2,050

$8,200

BMC Biology $2,295 $2,295 $2,295 $2,295

$9,180

PLOS Biology $2,900 $2,900 $2,900 $2,900

$11,600

Only the first 12 authors per paper need a paid publishing plan. Authors 13+ are free. See author number FAQ below for details.

Your plan is good for life, so long as you perform a yearly review if invited or comment. See reviewing FAQ below for more info.

Frequently asked questions


Yes! You can pay for yourself, a few, or all of your co-authors in a single payment. Once you have submitted your manuscript you will see the payment options at the bottom of your manuscript dashboard.

You don't have to wait to submit either, use the multi-author/group payment form after which you will receive a paid publishing plan link to share with each of them.

Authors who choose to pay for a publishing plan at submission get the cheapest rates, however authors can choose to submit for 'free' and pay only once accepted - in that instance their publication rates are slightly higher.

Our base model is for you to get a publishing plan on or before submission. However, when you pay at the point of submission, then there is the risk that having taken your money, we still unfortunately reject your manuscript. Therefore, you might not want to take this risk. In addition, because this is a new business model, people are not necessarily used to paying on submission.

We want everyone to be comfortable with their PeerJ experience, therefore we also allow people to submit for free. However, in that instance they need to pay after final acceptance and before final publication.

If you pay for a publishing plan at time of submission then you get the cheapest rates available (for example, $99 for the Basic plan), but if you choose to submit for free and pay only upon acceptance then you will pay an additional premium of $40.

Although every author of a paper must have a PeerJ publishing plan, we are not trying to penalize people like you. If your manuscript has more than 12 authors then only 12 authors need to have a paid publishing plan; all others only need a free publishing plan. For example, if your paper has 15 authors, then 3 do not need to pay for a publishing plan (they simply need to take the Free publishing plan, effectively just get a user account with PeerJ). If those same 3 authors want to publish with PeerJ in the future, they may have to get a plan at that time if they publish with 12 or fewer authors on the same paper.
We have you covered. You can upgrade at any time by just paying the difference between the plan you have now and the plan you need. The top publishing plan (Investigator Plan) gives you unlimited publications in both PeerJ and PeerJ PrePrints.
Hopefully you'll be publishing in the future with PeerJ and not have to worry! And of course you are at liberty to submit new manuscripts to us, so please try again with a new submission. In addition, your paid plan still gives you plenty of rights to make use of PeerJ PrePrints. However, we don’t want you to feel cheated - upon request, you can get a refund of 80% of whatever you paid. If you have already published with PeerJ then you are no longer eligible for a refund.
First of all, we are a professionally run company with a transparent process and we wouldn’t last long if we treated our authors like that! Secondly all acceptance decisions will be made by independent Academic Editors who will make decisions solely on the science (and we will allow Appeals if you feel a bad decision has been made). And finally, editorial decisions will have nothing to do with the status of your publishing plan (free or paid).

We aim to make PeerJ a community, and no one is forced to provide a review if they choose not to do so. To help the community though, we are incentivizing participation by inviting those with paid publishing plans to submit a review at least once per year (and we consider a 'review' to be an informal comment on a submission to PeerJ PrePrints; a formally requested peer review* of a paper submitted to PeerJ; or an informal comment on a published paper). If you choose not to perform at least one review every 12 months, then at our discretion your publishing plan will lapse and you will need to pay $99 to reactivate your plan the next time you want to publish with PeerJ. We think this give-and-take is fair to the community as it incentivizes participation in the ongoing task of peer review and will collectively reduce everyone's burden.

* Formal peer reviews will come as an invitation from an Academic Editor and only qualified researchers are asked to peer review.

Yes. Use the institutional publishing plan form to request information or ask us any questions.

We hope you agree that $99 for life is already an incredibly good deal! That said, we do recognize that some people are unable to pay this amount. Therefore, we offer a no questions asked fee waiver, on request, to anyone from countries that are classified by the World Bank as Low-income economies. The waiver simply applies to the publication in question, and is not a waiver for a full publishing plan. We only allow one waiver per person per year.

In addition, any co-author who was an undergraduate at the time of the research may request a waiver (provided the paper has senior co-author(s) who have at least a Basic publishing plan, and provided the article passes peer review as normal). Read more about this policy.

It starts from the day you pay for your publishing plan. For those who paid before February 12th, 2013 (the first day that PeerJ published) the clock started then.
Don’t forget that papers typically have more than one author, authors tend to publish in more than one venue over time, and some will publish fewer papers than others. In addition, our cost structure is lower than more traditional publishing companies (which might have legacy systems to deal with, or be aiming to make an excessive profit). When you combine those facts, the finances do work out.
There is no catch. However, do be aware that every author (up to the first 12) must have a paid publishing plan before we will start the production process on your paper. In addition, don’t forget that we ask every author to contribute one question, comment, or peer review (if qualified) to our community every 12 months, or risk their publishing plan lapsing. Other than that – we look forward to welcoming you to the PeerJ community.

Yes. So for example when you sign up with PeerJ you can use a personal email address (e.g. Gmail, Yahoo), but when confirming your author details in a submission you can choose your institutional email address (corresponding authors emails are published with the manuscript). Since PeerJ publishing plans last a lifetime, this is helpful if you change institutions and no longer have access to the old institutional email (presumably you keep your personal email, Gmail, Yahoo, etc).

To change your PeerJ account email visit https://peerj.com/settings/account/ after logging in. When you confirm your author details on any submitted manuscript use the link that we email out to you to change the manuscript email.

Many estimates put the average cost of an article in a subscription-based journal at $5,333 ($US). And the most popular Open Access journals still charge more than $1,300 per article. One way or another these costs come out of money that could be going to research.

The savings you see on the frontpage of PeerJ is based on the average subscription-based article cost less the cost of authors having published in PeerJ. Divide that number by ~5.5 to get the savings over popular Open Access venues. At just $99 per author, this means PeerJ saves a considerable amount with each new publication. And remember, this is for life, so subsequent publications from the same author continue to save even more.

Finally, PeerJ PrePrints (research that hasn't been formally peer-reviewed) are free for authors if made public. The research savings would be even greater than that reported on the frontpage if preprints were included.