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 one of the ways we do this is through partnering with Publons, an online platform that helps reviewers get verified recognition for their contributions.
What is Publons and how can I use it as a reviewer?
If you’re a reviewer for journals where Publons is available, 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).
We’ve recently extended our partnership with Publons to 250 journals across a range of subject areas, so now even more of our peer reviewers can receive verified recognition for their valuable contributions to academic research.
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 and the benefits for researchers here.
Peer review guidance and support
Want more peer review guidance and support? Visit our peer review interactive resource hub, with all the resources in one place.