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.
Trialling Publons on Biological, Earth and Environmental Science and Behavioural Science
To encourage greater recognition of peer review, Publons is being rolled out across 30 of our journals on our Biological, Earth and Environmental Science and Behavioural Science lists.
When completing their review in ScholarOne Manuscripts, reviewers on these journals will be given the option of having their reviews automatically verified and logged with Publons enabling them to get credit for their peer review contributions.
No one is automatically signed up to Publons – they will need to opt-in to the service during the trial, and it’s completely optional. On the Publons site, only the journal name and the year the review was completed is displayed, so the anonymity of the peer review process is maintained throughout.
For more information about using Publons as an editor, see the Publons guide for editors of partnered journals.
Why are we doing this?
- Increased recognition of reviewers. Publons helps reviewers get recognition for their peer review contributions for inclusion in their CV, bio, and funding and promotion applications.
- Benefit from more motivated reviewers. In providing greater recognition of peer review we hope to incentivize and engage more reviewers for your journal.
- Build your network of reviewers. Feedback suggests that finding reviewers can be one of the most challenging aspects in the role of editor, so we hope that Publons will help (along with the other tools available). Editors can browse hundreds of thousands of reviewer profiles to find potential reviewers for a manuscript.
Learn more about the benefits of Publons for editors here.
Implementing the trial
Throughout the trial we will be monitoring uptake and feedback from reviewers and journal editors, and will share the progress and results.
Are you interested in the results, or and would like this to be on your journal? Get in touch with your managing editor, or tweet @tandfeditors and tell us your views.