Publons is an online platform that aids in showcasing researchers’ journal and conference peer review activity; activity that is often done on the individual’s own time, their own dime, and without proper recognition for
Publons was started in 2012 by Andrew Preston and Daniel Johnston with peer reviewers in mind. Allowing academic researchers to track, verify, and display their peer review and/or editorial achievements, the Publons website houses the accomplishments of thousands of researchers, free of charge. When it comes to reviewers, anonymity remains, and only the year of the review and name of the journal appear in one’s profile.
How Publons Works
Using Publons, researchers can import their publication history from partnered platforms, such as ORCID. In addition, thousands of academic journals from leading publishers like SAGE, Wiley, Taylor & Francis, and Springer Nature, and IGI Global have also partnered with Publons, enabling quick and simple verification of journal editing and peer review records. This service makes it easier than ever to get proper recognition for review work.
Reviewers need to opt-in as they are not automatically signed up. Reviewers for participating journals can choose to have a record of their review added to their Publons profile. When they complete a review in a peer review submission system (e.g. ScholarOne or Editorial Manager) they will see this option. Reviewers can also add reviews from non-partnered journals to Publons. To do this, the reviewer needs to send proof of the review such as the ‘Thank you for reviewing email’ to email@example.com. Publons then checks proof of the review and updates the profile. A Publons-verified review can then be used by the reviewer for career progression and funding initiatives.
Publons awards top reviewers multiple times a year with various categories of awards. In fact, as stated by Publons, their Global Peer Review Awards are, “The only cross-publisher awards that celebrate the efforts of peer reviewers worldwide.”
Celebrating Peer Review Globally
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