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PeerJ's Publisher Speaks! The Benefits of PeerJ, Some Advice to Authors, and the Challenges of Publishing

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DESCRIPTION:  If academic publishing is broken, is PeerJ the cure? Come hear Dr. Peter Binfield explain how PeerJ can make the world a better place for authors, readers, reviewers and consumers of academic articles.
 
Challenges:
  • The subscription model is being completely overturned by OA
  • Journal websites are old, ugly and outdated
  • Reformatting manuscripts and navigating journal submission software is as much fun as pulling teeth
  • Peer Reviewers get no credit or reward.  Their valuable comments are never shown to anyone other than the authors and the Editor
  • Publication speeds are glacially slow.
  • Authors waste time and energy ‘falling’ down the journal hierarchy one rejection at a time
  • No-one comments on journal articles - institutional knowledge is wasted, important insights go unnoticed
  • No-one wants to pay thousands of dollars every time they need to publish in an open access journal
Solutions:
  • PeerJ is made up of a preprint server plus a peer reviewed journal, and has integrated ‘reputation metrics’ with a Q&A / feedback system
  • PeerJ operates ‘optional Open Peer Review’ – to improve the peer review experience for all
  • PeerJ provides ‘article level metrics’ to show the impact of each individual article
  • PeerJ has an elegant and cost effective solution to every one of these problems
  • In addition to 5 Nobel Laureates, PeerJ has several Stanford faculty on their Editorial Board, including Uta Francke, Drew Endy, Christina Smolke, Edward Mocarski, Amato Giaccia, Iris Schrijver
  • PeerJ has already established a reputation for cutting edge innovation in the publishing space, and has won several industry awards
Dr Peter Binfield, the publisher who previously ran PLOS ONE (and managed it, while it became the largest journal in the world), describes the  Open Access publication PeerJ and how it's pushing the envelope to bring academic publishing into the 21st century.

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