Launch of new journal PeerJ Computer Science means speedier, more open publishing for the field

Cross-fertilisation between fields is one goal of the cross-disciplinary journal

There’s good news for computer scientists today as award-winning publisher PeerJ unveils its new open access journal, PeerJ Computer Science. A cross-disciplinary publication encouraging exchange across the full spectrum of the discipline, the journal starts accepting preprints today and peer-reviewed articles next week. PeerJ is offering free publication to all those who register their email with the journal, so read on to learn more.

There’s good news for computer scientists today as award-winning publisher PeerJ unveils its new open access journal, PeerJ Computer Science. A cross-disciplinary publication encouraging exchange across the full spectrum of the discipline, the journal starts accepting preprints today and peer-reviewed articles next week. PeerJ is offering free publication to all those who register their email with the journal, so read on to learn more.

Today, the award winning open access publisher PeerJ launched its new journal for computer scientists. PeerJ Computer Science, a cross-disciplinary open access journal publishing articles across all fields of the discipline. The journal starts accepting preprints today, Tuesday, February 3rd and peer-reviewed articles can be submitted starting Thursday, February 12th—which is also PeerJ’s two-year anniversary of publishing in the biological and medical sciences. 

Visit the journal’s site, peerj.com/computer-science, to find out more about the publications and its almost 300-strong Editorial and Advisory Board (which includes a number of high profile computer scientists including Vint Cerf, Wendy Hall, David Patterson and Mary Shaw). PeerJ is offering free publication to all those who register their email at this page, and also to their colleagues simply by providing their email details.

Jason Hoyt, co-founder and CEO of PeerJ said, “We’ve received a constant stream of requests to bring our unique lifetime publishing model and user design philosophy to other disciplines ever since we launched PeerJ two years ago for the life sciences. We feel now is the right time to build upon our success by offering PeerJ’s services to the computer science community, who have been looking for a modern and improved publishing experience.” 

Tim O’Reilly, founder of O’Reilly Media and a member of the PeerJ Board, added, "Open source software has transformed the practice of software development. So, it is about time for an open access computer science journal to bring computer science research publishing into the 21st century. It's great to be part of helping make that happen." PeerJ’s existing connections with Tim O’Reilly mean PeerJ is well placed to build deeper connections within the computer science community and to understand how best to serve their needs.

Ripe for Change            

The landscape for academic publishing within computer science is ripe for change. There are very few open access journals currently serving this community, and authors in this field are mainly publishing their work either at academic conferences or in subscription journals. The traditional journal route can be very slow for authors in this field with lengthy review processes, which is one of the reasons why authors often find that disseminating their work at a conference is a much faster route to obtaining a decision. The current system for publishing in computer science is in need of some fresh innovation, and by opening up submissions for computer scientists PeerJ is aiming to bring them a 21st-century publishing platform.

PeerJ Computer Science will operate in exactly the same way as PeerJ: Articles will be published through CC BY licensing ensuring that the content is freely accessible to the world. The business model also remains the same, with authors paying a low cost fee to publish their article, starting at $99 for lifetime publication. Although it remains to be seen how fast the new journal will be, PeerJ’s life science and medicine authors currently receive a first decision in a median time of 22 days, which would help to address the need for quick turnaround times for computer scientists. By publishing cross-disciplinary research across the full spectrum of computer science, PeerJ Computer Science hopes to engender more cross-fertilisation between fields and to become a hub for this community as a whole to interact. PeerJ intends to work closely with the computer science community from the outset to help shape the journal as it grows. 

Peter Binfield, Co-founder and Publisher of PeerJ added, “We built PeerJ with the scientific community in mind, and our technologies enable better ways to publish articles. We want our Authors, Reviewers and Editorial Board to help us shape the journal as it grows, so we’ll be listening intently and taking on board their suggestions and recommendations. We know computer scientists want a better way to publish their research, and we will aim to provide that by shaping the platform to meet their requirements. We’re excited to see how we can move publishing in computer science forward and better serve the needs of this community.”

full list of Advisory Board members for the new journal is available on the PeerJ Computer Science site.