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Announcing PeerJ Computer Science: A new open access journal in computer science

PeerJ aims to speed up the pace and openness of Computer Science publishing with launch of new journal PeerJ Computer Science


Award winning open access publisher PeerJ today announces the launch of PeerJ Computer Science, a cross-disciplinary open access journal publishing articles across all fields of computer science. The journal will start accepting preprints on Tuesday February 3rd and peer-review articles on Thursday February 12th, which is also PeerJ's two-year anniversary of publishing in the biological and medical sciences.

From February 3rd interested authors can visit to find out more about the journal, 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 places PeerJ well to build deeper connections within the computer science community and to understand how best to serve their needs.

The landscape for academic publishing within computer science is ripe for change. There are very few open access journals currently serving the computer science 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 a 21st century publishing platform to computer scientists.

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 the computer science 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 PeerJ Computer Science

Chieko Asakawa, IBM Japan
Grady Booch, IBM
Francine Berman, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Christine Borgman, UCLA
Vint Cerf, Google
Krishnendu Chakrabarty, Duke University
Jennifer Chayes, Microsoft Research
Lynn Conway, University of Michigan
Peter Denning, Naval Postgraduate School
Ian Foster, University of Chicago
Martin Fowler, ThoughtWorks
Wendy Hall, University of Southampton
Vicki Hanson, University of Dundee
Jim Hendler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Lydia Kavraki, Rice University
Pattie Maes, MIT Media Lab
Kurt Mehlhorn, Max Planck Institute for Computer Science
David Patterson, Berkeley
Radia Perlman, EMC Corporation
H. Vincent Poor, Princeton
Steven Salzberg,Johns Hopkins,
Henning Schulzrinne, Columbia University
Margo Seltzer, Harvard
Mary Shaw, Carnegie Mellon
Valerie Taylor, Texas A&M
Jeffrey Vitter, University of Kansas

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.

PeerJ was the recipient of the 2013 ALPSP Award for Publishing Innovation.

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