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We honour all #SentinelsofScience. New features recognize the expert efforts of editors.

In the lead up to Peer Review Week 2016, we're proud to announce our exclusive new editor recognition features - paying homage to the experts adding to the body of human knowledge through editorial work.

Academic editors truly are #SentinelsofScience. They decide which breakthrough discoveries are communicated to the world and make sure bogus science, that can harm society, doesn't slip through.

At Publons, we're constantly looking for ways to recognise the Sentinels of Science, so we asked over 400 expert editors what we could do to make their lives better.

Based off their feedback, we've developed an exclusive package of features and tools that will make editors lives better. If you're an editor, prepare to have your mind blown.

If you are an editor, you can now:

  • Keep a verified record of every manuscript you handle, showing the extent of your editorial contributions to the body of human knowledge
  • Secure that next promotion with proof of your editorial and review history
  • Track the impact of the papers you handled as an editor
  • Use tools to incentivise reviewers to accept review requests and provide feedback to improve reviewer performance and speed up science.

How does it work?

  • Forward your Editorial receipts ("Decision has been made" emails) to edits@publons.com. We verify the receipts and add the records to your profile.

Editorial receipts can also be in form of editorial management system screenshots with a list of your editorial contributions.

Please note that Editorial receipts are any email sent during the editorial process that adequately identify you as the handling editor of the paper. This does not include invitations or acceptance of invitations to edit a paper.

These receipts must contain the journal and title of the paper.

We currently support editorial records for manuscripts submitted to journals or conferences. For every editorial record you add, you will earn editor merit.

Only the journal name will be shown on your profile.

What is an editorial record?

Editorial records are a count of the manuscripts that you are assigned to manage the editorial and peer review processes for.

Journals have many different titles for the people that manage the editorial and peer review processes, and can include:
Managing Editors, Associate Editors, Assistant Editors, Academic Editors and Section Editors.

Simply language editing or peer reviewing a paper does not qualify for an editorial record on Publons.

Who can add editorial records?

The editorial recognition feature is intended for editors that manage the editorial and peer review process for any given manuscript. Only people recognised by the journal as responsible for managing the peer editorial and peer review processes for manuscripts should add editorial records to Publons. This means you are likely to be listed on the journal's website as a contributing editor.

If you are unsure if you are a contributing editor for a paper, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Did I manage the peer review process, including recruiting reviewers and managing their review comments for the paper?

  • Was I involved in decisions in whether or not to accept the paper for publication?

If you do not answer no to either of these questions, you will not be eligible to add an editorial record for the paper in question. If you are still unsure, or would like to be considered for an editorial position, we recommend contacting the journal.

Editorial records

The journal and a count of the manuscripts you have been an editor for are shown on your profile (we do not publicly reveal the manuscript):

Editorial records

From your private dashboard you can keep track of all the activity around the manuscripts you handle, give recognition to reward your reviewers, and provide reviewer feedback to improve performance.

What the experts are saying

“The editorial records functionality is truly amazing!

I found it quite useful to keep a record of the work I've done in the past as an editor and also to show to potential employers the kind of work I've been involved in and my experience in handling manuscripts of different areas.”

Diogo B. Provete Post-doc - Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

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