Recognizing reviewers in a new way

A Publons trial

The peer review process is vital to the strength of a journal, evaluating the quality, validity, and relevance of scholarly research. As Mike J. Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Maps comments, “reviewers are the lifeblood of any journal”, investing a huge amount of time and expertise in the process.

It’s crucial that reviewers feel supported and recognized in their role, and we have a number of things in place to help ensure this, like our reviewer guidelines providing a step-by-step guide to writing a review, our cartoon showing peer review in pictures and the reviewer rewards we offer.

We’re always looking at new ways of extending our support and resources for reviewers, and we’re excited to announce a new partnership with Publons, an online platform that helps reviewers get verified recognition for their contributions.

Publons is being rolled out across 30 of our journals on our Biological, Earth and Environmental Science and Behavioral Science lists.

If you’re a reviewer for these journals, you’ll be given the option of having your reviews automatically verified and logged with Publons when you complete your review, so you can build up a profile of your peer review contributions for inclusion in your CV, bio, and funding and promotion applications. (See an example Publons profile below of Jonas Ranstam, prolific reviewer and editorial board member of Acta Orthopaedica).


No one is automatically signed up to Publons – you’ll need to opt-in to the service during the trial, and it’s completely optional. Find out more about Publons here.

For further details, visit the Taylor & Francis Newsroom.

Peer review guidance and support

Want more peer review guidance and support? Here’s a reminder of some of the other reviewer resources to bookmark…

Guidance
What to expect during peer review: a researcher’s guide
Infographic: Understanding peer review
Understanding different types of peer review
Reviewer guidelines and best practice: a step-by-step guide
Ethical guidelines for peer reviewers
Peer review behind the scenes

Research
Peer review: a global view
Global research on journal authors, reviewers and editors attitudes to the peer review process 
Peer review: a global view | white paper
Motivations, training and support in peer review | research supplement
Peer review: a global view key findings | video snapshot

Viewpoints
Navigating contradicting referee reports: a journal editor’s view
Tips for journal editors on recruiting and retaining reviewers
The importance of training in peer review: an institutional view 
The role of reviewers: a journal editor’s view