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I'm not one for posting publisher press releases on this blog (and embargoed ones at that!) but sometimes you just have to try something a little different. And this is such an occasion. Below is the press release for a new science publishing startup called PeerJ. It is founded by Peter Binfield,…
I spend a lot of time thinking about the scientific method. I don't mean that thing you learned in high school, where you make an observation, form a hypothesis, design an experiment etc etc. That's certainly part of the scientific method, but the linear formula that freshmen are typically forced…
WSJ explains the economics behind lending Harry Potter ebooks by Amazon Money Talks — How Audience Priorities and Publishing Incentives Can Lead to Unusual OA Behaviors #scholpub, PeerJ and Tim O’Reilly The coming revolution in STM #scholpub Why doesn’t Moore’s law apply to #scholpub? Who is the…
Welcome to the most recent installment in my very occasional series of interviews with people in the publishing/science blogging/computing communities. The latest is with Peter Binfield and Jason Hoyt of PeerJ. PeerJ is a new startup in the scientific publishing industry, using a rather unique…

I have a nagging suspicion that a "lifetime membership model" isn't any more sustainable in scientific publishing than it is in gym memberships.

Jim, that's something we're going to have to wait and see. The key will be if there are enough new scientists subscribing each year to keep the enterprise afloat. The calculations are probably closer to those of a large pension plan.