Iowa State University joins UC Berkeley and University of Ottawa in PeerJ Membership Program to provide Open Access publishing from as little as $80

PeerJ is pleased to announce an agreement with Iowa State University (ISU) to join the Three-Year Fixed Term Memberships Program, which will provide ISU faculty with a high-quality and sustainable publishing option. Under the agreement, ISU University Library will cover the cost of three-year memberships in their entirety, which means that there will be no out-of-pocket fees for ISU authors to publish in the PeerJ journal portfolio. 

“We are delighted to welcome the ISU community to the program and are excited for their authors to enjoy the PeerJ experience,” says Nathaniel Gore, PeerJ’s Director of Communities. “We are grateful that the staff at the university’s library see PeerJ Memberships for what they are: beneficial to their researchers, and a cost-effective approach to Open Access.”

“The Iowa State University Library is committed to providing open access publishing support to our authors. The PeerJ Membership pilot is a great way for us to do so at a reasonable cost and with an innovative publisher,” said Curtis Brundy, Iowa State University Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communication and Collections.

PeerJ Three Year Fixed Term Memberships, priced at $239 per author, are valid for 36 months from the date of an author’s first publication, during which they can publish two more articles at no additional cost. This arrangement gives authors more flexibility as to when they publish. When authors use their full complement of three publications, the per-author cost borne by ISU averages out at under $80 per article. Under the agreement, any co-authors must hold a PeerJ membership in order to publish; any Lifetime Memberships held by ISU-affiliated authors remain valid. 

“PeerJ remains committed to promoting Memberships as the low-cost, sustainable alternative to Article Processing Charges (APCs),” says PeerJ’s Publisher and Co-Founder Pete Binfield. “We believe that our Membership options provide the best value for money to the communities who choose to publish with us, and we look forward to working with ISU’s community of researchers across our seven journals.” 

ISU is the third North American institution to join the program, along with the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Ottawa. PeerJ welcomes discussions with other institutions interested in joining ISU, UC Berkeley and the University of Ottawa.

About Iowa State University Library

The Iowa State University Library is active in national and international efforts to advance open access. As part of a land-grant university with a mission to create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place, the University Library works to ensure the free dissemination and preservation of the university’s research and scholarly outputs. To learn more about our Open Access efforts, visit


Curtis Brundy, Iowa State University Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communication and Collections 

About PeerJ

PeerJ is an award-winning publisher of seven open access journals, including the flagship PeerJ (covering life, medicine, and environment), PeerJ Computer Science and five PeerJ Chemistry journals.

Since 2013 PeerJ has published over 13,000 impactful research articles, peer-reviewed by its international Editorial Boards of over 2,000 respected academics.


Nathaniel Gore, Director of Communities, PeerJ