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PEER - Year 2 Report now available

The following should be of interest.

News release - 30 September 2010

PEER - Year 2 Annual Report Now Available


Reporting on the past 12 months of activity in this ground 
breaking collaboration between publishers, repositories and the 
research community investigating the effects of Green Open 
Access, the PEER Annual Report highlights the complexity of the 
infrastructure required for PEER and the substantial progress 
achieved towards the project's objectives.

To simulate the large-scale, systematic depositing of authors' 
final peer-reviewed manuscripts accepted for journal publication, 
12 participating publishers are providing content and associated 
metadata from 241 participating journals. Half of the manuscripts 
are being submitted directly to PEER, while for the other half, 
authors are invited by publishers to self-deposit into the 

All submitted content is being received by the PEER Depot, a 
central repository created specifically for the project by INRIA, 
which undertakes filtering for EU research content, metadata 
matching and transformations, and embargo management prior to 
distribution to participating repositories.

By the end of year 2 (August 2010), almost 25,000 unique 
publisher provided manuscripts had been processed by the PEER 
Depot, resulting in 10,000 EU manuscripts after processing (some 
still under embargo), with embargo expired manuscripts 
distributed to participating repositories.

The three areas of usage, economic and behavioural research 
commissioned by PEER are well underway, with the Baseline 
Behavioural Report already publicly available from the PEER 

With a robust infrastructure in place, the next phase of the 
project will see increasing volumes of content becoming available 
in support of the ongoing research.

About PEER:
PEER (Publishing and the Ecology of European Research), supported 
by the EC eContentplus programme, will investigate the effects of 
the large-scale, systematic depositing of authors' final 
peer-reviewed manuscripts (so called Green Open Access or 
stage-two research output) on reader access, author visibility, 
and journal viability, as well as on the broader ecology of 
European research. The project is a collaboration between 
publishers, repositories and researchers and will last from 
September 2008 to May 2012

Further information on PEER, visit the website: 
For enquiries relating to PEER, please e-mail Dr Julia Wallace, 
Project Manager: peer@stm-assoc.org.

PEER Partners: International Association of Scientific, Technical 
and Medical Publishers (STM), European Science Foundation, 
Goettingen State and University Library, Max Planck Society, 
INRIA, SURF Foundation and University of Bielefeld

STM publishers participating in PEER: BMJ Publishing Group; 
Cambridge University Press; EDP Sciences; Elsevier; IOP 
Publishing; Nature Publishing Group; Oxford University Press; 
Portland Press; Sage Publications; Springer; Taylor & Francis 
Group; Wiley-Blackwell

PEER repositories: eSciDoc.PubMan.PEER, Max Planck Digital 
Library (MPDL), Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der 
Wissenschaften e.V. (MPG); HAL, CNRS & Institut National de 
Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA); Goettingen 
State and University Library (UGOE); Kaunas University of 
Technology, Lithuania; University Library of Debrecen, Hungary; 
SSOAR (GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences); TARA - 
Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Ireland
Long-term preservation service: Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National 
Library of The Netherlands)

Janice E. Kuta
Director of Membership & Marketing
STM - International Association of Scientific, Technical & 
Medical Publishers
332 E. 18th Street, #12
New York, New York 10003