March 20, 2018 | Rachel Winfield & Claire Doffegnies, Communications Executives

Recognizing reviewers with Publons

publonsThe 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 excited to announce that we have recently extended our existing partnership with Publons, an online platform that helps reviewers get verified recognition for their contributions. 250 Taylor & Francis journals, across a range of subjects from Earth Science to Sport, will offer reviewers the opportunity to verify, track and showcase their reviewing activity through their online Publons profile.


How will Publons help you?

  • Strengthen your relationship with reviewers
    Use Publons to give your reviewers the recognition they deserve as esteemed reviewers for your journal.
  • Provide confidential feedback and reward exceptional reviews
    Use the editor feedback and excellent review feature to provide confidential feedback to reviewers and even greater recognition for review reports that go above and beyond.
  • Use your Partner Dashboard to better understand and grow your reviewing pool
    Access exclusive tools and insights, manage your journal’s presence on Publons, see where papers reviewed for your journal go on to be published, and much more, from your journal’s Partner Dashboard. Publons holds free monthly webinars demonstrating the Partner Dashboard - register here.
  • Use Publons to track your own work as an Editor
    Create a free Publons profile to track your own peer review and editorial work to showcase this previously hidden evidence of your service and standing.


How does it work?

When completing a review in the peer review submission system (e.g. ScholarOne, Editorial Manager), reviewers for participating journals can choose to have a verified record of their review automatically added to their Publons profile. No one is automatically signed up to the service – reviewers need to opt-in, which is completely optional. By default, only the journal name and the year the review was completed is displayed on the Publons site, so the anonymity of the peer review process is maintained throughout.

Reviews for non-partnered journals can still be added to Publons, but the reviewer needs to send evidence of that review, such as the “Thank you for reviewing email” to Publons then verifies the review evidence and updates the profile.

For more information about Publons, see the Publons guide for editors of partnered journals or read our interview with cofounder Daniel Johnston.

Published: March 20, 2018 | Author: Rachel Winfield & Claire Doffegnies, Communications Executives | Category: In the industry, News and ideas, Peer review | Tagged with: