By Peter BrantleyJun 12, 2012
Excerpt: “Over the past decade, the open access movement has grown by leaps and bounds, with increased awareness and a slew of institutional, funder, and government mandates. But the real sign of maturity may be in how the business models associated with open access publishing have evolved. And this week comes a fascinating new entry into the field: PeerJ.
Founded by scientists and academic publishing and technology professionals Jason Hoyt (formerly v-p, R&D and chief scientist for the desktop and Web organizer Mendeley), and Peter Binfield (former publisher of PLoS ONE), PeerJ offers a new twist on open access publishing.
“PeerJ is an Open Access journal publisher which, for a single low price, gives researchers the ability to publish future articles with us for free,” explains cofounder Peter Binfield. “Basic membership allows members to publish one ‘private’ preprint per year,” he explains, meaning they can restrict who can access it, “with higher tiers allowing members to publish unlimited ‘private’ preprints.” The privately held company will launch with two publications: a peer-reviewed journal, PeerJ, and a preprint server called PeerJ PrePrints.”