UC Berkeley students now have access to a valuable, free, lifetime publishing opportunity.  The UC Berkeley Library is partnering with PeerJ, a new open access (OA), peer-reviewed, scholarly journal that publishers research articles in the biological, medical, and health sciences.

Under the terms of this partnership, when a paper by a Berkeley author is accepted for publication in PeerJ, the Berkeley Library will pay the cost of a Basic Membership for each Berkeley author. That membership will allow authors to publish one PeerJ article every year, for life, for free. To learn more about this benefit, visit PeerJ’s website or contact the Library’s Scholarly Communications Officer.

PeerJ maintains rigorous peer-review standards and is committed to rapid review and fast publication of research results.  It selects articles “based only on a determination of scientific and methodological soundness, not on subjective determinations of ‘impact,’ ‘novelty’ or ‘interest.'”  Articles are easily discovered in Google Scholar as well as PubMed and PubMed Central.