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Calling all scientists!

An experiment in open access peer review

We're launching an initial drive for reviews to test some of the ideas we have on the future of peer review & academic publishing.

You can participate by reviewing a paper you've recently read, and telling us all about the open review experience. Did you like it? Hate it? What would you change?

Read on for the why & the how.

Why write an open review?

  • It's good for science (reviews have value to more than just the author & journal editor)
  • It's good for reviewers (get recognition and build reputation for their efforts)
  • It's good for authors (feedback that is fair and transparent)
  • It's good for open access (preprints + OA peer review = completely free, peer-reviewed OA content).

How do I write a review?

The workflow for writing a review at Publons is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Signup

  2. Lookup the paper by entering its reference into the lookup bar


  1. Write a review



We'll follow up with everyone that writes a review, but open discussion on the merits of open peer review is welcomed here & on our manifesto.

Also keep an eye out for future blog posts on the results and feedback.

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