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Max Planck authors can now publish for free in PeerJ


PeerJ is pleased to announce that the Max Planck Society has signed a publishing plan deal with the award winning open access publisher PeerJ, which entitles any Max Planck author to publish their research in PeerJ at no cost to themselves.

With this announcement, thousands of authors in over 80 Max Planck institutes now have the ability to publish their peer-reviewed articles in PeerJ without needing to pay a fee. This publishing plan enables Max Planck to automatically purchase 'Enhanced Plans' for accepted authors, meaning that those individuals will benefit from the lifetime ability to publish with PeerJ freely thereafter (at the level of 2 articles per year).

Kai Geschuhn from the Max Planck Digital Library said "With PeerJ we are expanding our portfolio of central Open Access agreements to include a publisher striking a new path in peer review. At the same time, PeerJ represents a new Open Access business model offering a high quality publishing platform at minimum cost".

"We are pleased to see the commitment of a major research organization like Max Planck to the PeerJ model," said Pete Binfield, co-founder of PeerJ. "Open Access publications are more visible and help fulfil the desire of funders to disseminate their output as widely as possible. As such, PeerJ represents one of the most cost-effective ways for a funder to help their authors to publish in a high quality open access venue."

Making its scientists' research findings available for the benefit of the whole of humanity, free of charge whenever possible, is a key aspiration of the Max Planck Society. The Society joins over 40 universities world-wide, such as Stanford, Berkeley, Cambridge, Duke, Amsterdam, and University College London who have already made funds available for their faculty to take advantage of PeerJ memberships.

PeerJ emphasizes research integrity; high ethical standards; constructive peer-review; exemplary production quality; and leading edge online functionality. The journal is indexed by PubMed, PubMed Central (PMC), Scopus and Google Scholar. There is an Editorial Board of over 860 world class researchers, and a 20-member Advisory Board which includes 5 Nobel Laureates. In addition, PeerJ authors benefit from the ability to publish unlimited articles in PeerJ PrePrints.


Any Institution, Library, Consortia, Society, Foundation or Funding Body interested in discussing one of these arrangements can contact PeerJ at or via their website at

About PeerJ

PeerJ is an Open Access publisher of peer reviewed articles, which offers researchers a lifetime publication plan, for a single low price, providing them with the ability to openly publish all future articles for free. PeerJ is based in San Francisco, CA and London, UK and can be accessed at PeerJ's mission is to help the world efficiently publish its knowledge.

All works published in PeerJ are Open Access and published using a Creative Commons license (CC-BY 4.0). Everything is immediately available--to read, download, redistribute, include in databases and otherwise use--without cost to anyone, anywhere, subject only to the condition that the original authors and source are properly attributed.

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About the Max Planck Society

Financed by the national government and federal states of Germany, the Max Planck Society engages in basic research in the public interest. Making its scientists' research findings available for the benefit of the whole of humanity, free of charge whenever possible (Open Access), is a key aspiration of the Society. The Max Planck Society is a co-founder of the international Open Access movement. The publication of the "Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities" on 22 October 2003 and the subsequent annual conferences heralded the introduction of a process that heightened awareness around the theme of accessibility to scientific information.

The Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) in Munich is a central unit of the Max Planck Society that supports scientists from all Max Planck Institutes with a broad portfolio of services in the fields of information provision, publication support and research data management.

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