Beyond open access? Journal aims to innovate

A NEW open access journal, PeerJ, plans to use a novel business model to make peer-reviewed biomedical science more affordable.

The journal, based in London and San Francisco, offers researchers the opportunity to buy lifetime membership if they commit to reviewing the work of their peers annually.

Co-founder Jason Hoyt said the global academic community paid billions annually for access to journals but this could be reduced by 75% using a different approach and open distribution such as the Creative Commons licence.

“If society can set a goal to sequence a human genome for just $99 why shouldn’t academics be given the opportunity to openly publish their research for a similar amount?” he said.