Hot on the heels of the announcement that we will be publishing the proceedings of the 3rd International Whale Shark Conference we wanted to more fully explain the 7 ways in which PeerJ is the perfect publishing solution for your next Conference.
If you are organizing a conference, or know of someone who is, and if you need a high quality, cost effective, publication solution then please forward them this post.
1. The close integration of our preprint server with our formal journal is a major benefit of using the PeerJ ecosystem. Submitted conference abstracts can be posted straight to PeerJ PrePrints and our commenting functionality means that anyone can weigh in with their opinion on the suitability of the abstract. Posters can also be submitted to PeerJ PrePrints. Anyone can publish one PeerJ PrePrint per year, for free - so this part of the conference publication is basically free for all potential attendees.
2. The journal articles which result from the conference can be submitted to PeerJ where they undergo formal peer review, and (assuming they are accepted) are published in a high quality, indexed, archived open-access journal.
3. There is no fee whatsoever for the Conference organizers. The only costs are to the authors of each article who simply need to pay the normal Membership fees of PeerJ. For a single authored paper this can be as little as just $99.
4. In addition to being published in PeerJ or PeerJ PrePrints, all articles are automatically added to an attractive ‘landing page’ for the Conference (a page which can combine both the abstracts and the finally published articles). A large image showcases the proceedings, and several paragraphs of text can be used to explain what the conference is all about.
5. Articles and preprints are added to the landing page the moment they are published. In this way, the conference proceedings can grow over time, and the publication of each article is not artificially held up to meet a specific ‘special issue’ publication date.
6. Delegates who were undergraduates when their research was conducted can publish entirely for free. Delegates from low-income economies can also publish for free. Everything we publish is entirely open access which means it is freely available to be read and re-used by anyone who was not able to attend the conference in person.
7. We will play our part in helping to promote the conference via our various social media and marketing channels.
And of course every publication receives all the normal benefits of being in PeerJ - all articles are fully Open Access, all articles display Article Level Metrics (including detailed usage referral data); our decision times and production turnarounds are fast; and we operate an optional open peer-review process which allows readers to see the peer-review history of published articles.
All articles must adhere to the PeerJ policies and procedures, and be ‘in scope’. All PeerJ articles will be peer-reviewed and an independent publication decision will be made by a PeerJ Academic Editor (i.e. simply being part of the conference does not guarantee the article will be published).
We hope you agree that this is a great solution for conferences who want a modern, cost effective solution for their publishing needs. For more information, or to get your conference involved, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
It is also worth mentioning, that the same concept can be used by research consortia or groups of researchers working on a common project. Look out for an announcement of one of these Collections in the next couple of weeks.
(Update 07/16/2013: See the first PeerJ Collection at https://peerj.com/collections/)