From now to 31 March 2014, any article that is submitted to PeerJ PrePrints can go on to be published in the innovative open access journal PeerJ entirely for free.
PeerJ is an open access, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal covering the Biological Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Health Sciences. It aims to reduce the costs of open access to authors by offering publishing plans starting at $99 for life. In order to encourage interest in this new model, the journal is offering a free submission period based on using its related preprint archive.
PeerJ PrePrints - rapid communication & early findingsProvided you upload a preprint before 31 March, you can go on to submit to the PeerJ journal for free. Your manuscript will then undergo peer review in the normal way. (See PeerJ's editorial criteria.)
A PeerJ 'PrePrint' is a draft that has not yet been peer reviewed for formal publication. Similar to preprint servers that already exist (for example arXiv.org), authors can submit draft, incomplete, or final versions of articles they are working on.
By using this service, authors establish precedent; they can solicit feedback, and they can work on revisions of their manuscript. Once they are ready, they can submit their PrePrint manuscript into the peer reviewed PeerJ journal (although it is not a requirement to do so).
For authors who haven't previously made their draft manuscripts publicly available, the PeerJ folk have pointed out that most journals accept manuscripts previously published as a preprint. So using the PeerJ PrePrint server means you could still submit for peer-review elsewhere if you wish (check your chosen publisher's policy to be sure via http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/).
For St Andrews authors interested in a PeerJ lifetime publishing plan, contact Open Access Support