MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute) has scoured their records to make sure those who have reviewed for its open access journals over the past six years and opted into Publons get the recognition they deserve. To date MDPI has released over 1500 historical peer reviews to Publons so any missing records can be added to reviewers’ Publons profiles.
“One of the most common requests we get from reviewers is for an easy way to dig up their past reviews. Many researchers have done a considerable amount of peer review work over their careers, but it takes time and effort to track down those records. MDPI and Publons want to make it painless for reviewers to track and verify their contributions to research, in order to highlight their expertise. Today was a big step in the right direction”.
-- Andrew Preston, CEO and co-founder of Publons.
How does it work?
If you’ve reviewed for one of MDPI’s 50 participating journals over the past six years, but don’t have any record of those reviews, Publons and MDPI will track down the missing records and automatically update your Publons profile. All you need to do is:
- Create a Publons account or sign in to your existing account.
- Click on your profile picture in the top right-hand corner and select ‘Settings’
- Under the ‘Reviews’ tab, check the box labelled ‘Automatically add reviews from partnered journals’
- Under the ‘Emails’ tab, add and verify any email addresses you used for past peer review work.
Don’t worry if your profile doesn’t update immediately. Publons will update these records by periodically (and securely) cross-referencing our database with MDPI’s records. So your past reviews will show up soon.
Why use Publons?
Publons helps reviewers to easily track, verify and showcase their peer review activity across the world’s journals. You can then generate a certificate for inclusion in funding and promotion applications - to prove which journals you have reviewed for and when.
What about reviewer confidentiality?
MDPI hasn’t changed their policy on confidentiality and take it very seriously. Your name will not be publicly linked to a specific published paper, and the content of the review report will not be passed on to Publons. This is an opt in service, so nothing will be made public until you agree to it. Publons is completely optional and if you change your mind at any time you can opt out.
Publons aims to speed up science by harnessing the power of peer review.
Experts agree that peer review is critical to controlling scientific communication. Unfortunately, the contributions of peer reviewers have gone largely unrecognised, making it harder to find the experts needed to evaluate the world’s research. Publons gives experts greater incentive to review by tracking, verifying and showcasing their peer review activity across all of the world’s journals, while protecting reviewer anonymity.
In a 6-month pilot project, Publons observed an improvement in reviewer acceptance rates for the pilot journals, as well as faster review times among reviewers that opted in - effectively speeding up the process for evaluating and communicating the world’s research.
For more details on the partnership, see the Publons-MDPI partnership page:
Publons never reveals sensitive information without the consent of reviewers.