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PeerJ now open for submissions; PeerJ PrePrints set for January 2013

We are pleased to announce that as of today (December 3rd, 2012) PeerJ, a fully peer-reviewed Open Access journal, is open for submissions! If you would like to submit, you simply need to sign up for a Free or Paid PeerJ Membership, log in, and follow the “Submit or View My Manuscripts” link at the top of the page.

With this news, we are moving swiftly towards publishing our first articles in January 2013. PeerJ PrePrints, which will make use of the same publication platform as PeerJ, will launch around the same time.

Updating the publishing experience

We also felt that the dated process of publishing a peer-reviewed manuscript needed a soup-to-nuts overhaul. We don’t just think differently at PeerJ, we’ve also built a unique submission and peer-review system with the aim to make the experience more modern, painless and faster for everyone.

Over the past month, we have been improving that system through a closed-beta with invited authors and editors. We were hoping to put 20-30 manuscripts through in November for this beta test. Our expectations were blown away; more than 80 manuscripts were started and more than 70 submitted thus far. These are coming from world-class universities and research facilities: Stanford, UC Berkeley, Harvard, Oxford, U. of Wisconsin, U. of Michigan, and many other top facilities throughout the world.

We can’t thank these early beta authors, our editors or reviewers enough for their feedback and patience.

While we are now open to all, we’ve still applied the beta label to the system. We are looking for more feedback throughout the remainder of 2012. A bonus of this is that any bugs or problems you experience are usually addressed in a matter of hours with personal attention. It’s the least we can do to thank you for being one of the first to submit to PeerJ.

From all of us at PeerJ,

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

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