PEER

19 June 2012. PEER Usage Reports and Final Project report now available

31 May 2012. PEER conference presentations are available. Press Release.

31 May 2012. PEER Summary - PEER Executive Partners: Points of Agreement

NEW! Audio for the entire PEER conference is now available

PEER End of Project Conference videos - 29 May 2012, Brussels, Belgium

29 May 2012. STM welcomes support for gold open access from PEER conference. Press Release

The PEER Consortium Partners announce the PEER End of Project Conference - Press Release
29 May 2012, 11:00 - 17:00 CET
Federation of Enterprises in Belgium Rue Ravenstein 3,B 1000 Brussels

PEER (Publishing and the Ecology of European Research) is a three year project supported by the EC eContentplus programme aimed at improving understanding of the effects of the large scale deposit of stage two (accepted) manuscripts in open access repositories (Green Open Access). Increasing numbers of mandates from institutions and funding agencies require the deposit of stage two manuscripts in open access repositories, but there are conflicting views and currently no clear evidence of what the impact of large scale systematic deposits may be on journals and the wider ecology of scientific research in Europe.

PEER is a pioneering collaboration between the key stakeholder groups in scholarly publishing: publishers; libraries and repositories; plus the research community consisting of researchers as both authors and readers, and funding agencies, which will explore the effects of large scale archiving of research outputs. The results arising from PEER are expected to provide a better understanding on the effects of large scale archiving in repositories on the access, use and economics of journals and the effects on the research environment in Europe and will provide valuable information and guidance in support of future evidence based policy decisions in this area.

STM, representing the publishing community is an Executive Member of the project and is acting as the official Coordinator for PEER.

At the heart of the project is an observatory, which will monitor and measure the effects of systematic deposit of stage-two research outputs in open access repositories. Participating publishers will collectively contribute up to 300 journals to participate in the project, covering a broad range of subject areas: life sciences, medicine, social sciences & humanities and physical sciences. Embargo times appropriate to subject disciplines and journal economics will be set by the publishers. Research will be commissioned from independent research teams who will look at three aspects: i) Behavioural research - focusing on authors as authors and users ii) Usage research - access and usage focusing on logfiles from participating repositories and publishers iii) Economic research - focussing on efficiency and cost effectiveness of deposit processes.

PEER Objectives:

  1. Determine how the large-scale deposit of stage-two research outputs in repositories will affect journal viability
  2. Determine whether the large-scale deposit of stage-two research outputs in repositories increases access
  3. Determine whether the large-scale deposit of stage-two research outputs in repositories will affect the broader ecology of European research
  4. Determine the factors affecting the readiness to deposit manuscripts in institutional and disciplinary repositories and measure the associated costs
  5. Develop a model to illustrate how traditional publishing systems can coexist with self-archiving

Launched in September 2008, PEER will run through to May 2012. Further information about PEER is available via the website: www.peerproject.eu

PEER Participants:

Executive Consortium Members:

 

Technical Consortium Partners:

Participating Publishers:

  • BMJ Group
  • Cambridge University Press
  • EDP Sciences
  • Elsevier
  • Institute of Physics Publishing
  • Nature Publishing Group
  • Oxford University Press
  • Portland Press
  • Sage Publishing
  • Springer
  • Taylor & Francis
  • Wiley-Blackwell

For further information about PEER,  contact Kim Beadle beadle@stm-assoc.org

PEER Repository Task Force:

 

  • eSciDoc.PubMan.PEER, Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL), Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Forderung der Wissenschaften e.V. (MPG)
  • HAL, CNRS & Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA)
  • Gottingen State and University Library (UGOE)
  • University Library of Debrecen, Hungary
  • SSOAR - Social Sciences Open Access repository (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)
  • TARA, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland
  • Long Term Preservation Archive: e-depot, Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National library of the Netherlands)

 

 

 

eSciDoc.PubMan.PEER, Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL), Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Forderung der Wissenschaften e.V. (MPG)

HAL, CNRS & Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA)

Gottingen State and University Library (UGOE)

University Library of Debrecen, Hungary

SSOAR - Social Sciences Open Access repository (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)

TARA, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland

 

Long Term Preservation Archive: e-depot, Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National library of the Netherlands)