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Celebrating 5m Reviews, 2m Researchers, and More


At Publons our mission is to speed up research by harnessing the power of peer review.

We do this by helping researchers build a verified record of their review efforts and use it in successful promotion and funding applications.

We do this by helping journal editors find potential reviewers more efficiently, and build better, long-lasting relationships with their peer reviewers.

And we do this by helping to bring the scholarly industry’s first scalable open peer review workflow to some of the world’s leading publishers.

Every day, we see the rewards of our hard work. These rewards are getting richer because all of the things we’ve built on Publons get better as more researchers use them.

Having a record of your reviews is much more powerful if the wider community understands what this means, and reviewer search tools get more efficient (and reviewers get less overloaded) as more reviewers are available to review.

Our focus over the last few years has been on growing our community for that reason. And today, we’re excited to announce that Publons recently hit three huge milestones:

  • 5 million reviews
  • 2 million researchers
  • 5,000 journal integrations from 250+ publishing partners

Three milestones in one go! The trifecta.

A lot has happened in the past few years that has helped to spur this growth. Here are a few highlights in reverse order:

October 2019 - Grant Review in Focus report is released
May 2019 - Web of Science ResearcherID and Publons join forces
December 2018: The power of Web of Science comes to Publons
September 2018 - Global State of Peer Review is released
September 2018 - Our Transparent Peer Review initiative is launched with Wiley
May 2018 - Reviewer Connect is launched alongside our new Author Feedback feature
October 2017 - Our Review Distribution Index is released
September 2017 - Publons won the 2017 ALPSP Awards
June 2017 - We joined Clarivate Analytics
May 2017 - The Publons Academy is launched

Our recent milestones would not be possible without the research community working alongside us to achieve our goals.

Thank you to all the authors, reviewers, editors, and publishers on Publons. You’re helping us improve the quality of scholarly research.

The thing is, though, our job is far from done.

Now that Publons is operating at such significant scale we're asking ourselves, what next? How can we make the world of research better at scale?

We’d love to hear what you think. Get in touch in the comments section or by emailing us at info@publons.com. And stay tuned! You can subscribe to our mailing list using the form below, and make sure you follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn for our latest news and product updates.

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