In 2015 peer review credit came to the fore, with Wiley, Sage, Cambridge University Press, The Royal Society and many more publishers joining forces with Publons to recognise peer reviewing. Kicking things off this year is Pensoft, who have partnered with Publons to give credit for reviewing at all 15 of their journals.
Pensoft has a strong history of innovation and we’re excited to be working together to reward the efforts of peer reviewers. It is also great to see many Pensoft editors are already Publons users!
The integrated Pensoft journals include the newly launched Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) journal, which (among other exciting innovations) employs fully open peer review. All reviews completed for RIO will be available to read on Publons.
All other Pensoft journals (a full list is shown here) will give credit to reviewers without revealing the manuscript title or review content.
Reviewers can now opt-in to Publons when they submit their review, and will receive an email with a private link to claim their review and set up a reviewer profile for free on Publons. With this profile they can add their review history for other journals, access metrics that show how they compare to others in their field, and make use of tools for adding their reviewer record to their resume.
Prof. Lyubomir Penev, Founder & CEO of Pensoft, had to say of the partnership:
Crediting reviewers’ voluntary contributions to the quality of scientific publications has always been a problem, especially with the current tremendous increase in the volume of published research outputs. We are happy that Publons has found such a solution and that we can credit our reviewers through recording their activity at Publons in an entirely automated way.