PEER is investigating the effects of the large-scale, systematic archiving of authors’ final peer-reviewed accepted manuscripts. Supported by the EC and running from September 2008 – May 2012 PEER is a unique experiment of a huge scale and scope (www.peerproject.eu). Over 20,000 accepted manuscripts from 241 journals have been provided to the PEER Observatory for hosting in participating repositories and research has been commissioned from independent expert teams in the areas of behaviour, usage and economics. We report on the challenges, achievements and research results to date of this pioneering collaboration between publishers, repositories, funders and researchers.
JULIA WALLACE has been Project Manager for PEER (Publishing and the Ecology of European Research) since 2008. PEER is an EC-supported project investigating the effects of the large-scale, systematic archiving of authors’ final peer-reviewed accepted manuscripts (so called Green Open Access or stage-two research output). Having initially gained a PhD in physics, Julia later added a postgraduate marketing qualification, and currently holds Chartered Marketer status (CIM). Throughout her career Julia has focused on various aspects of STM publishing and marketing, working both within organisations and also as an independent consultant.