We’re delighted to announce a partnership between Publons and MDPI to give MDPI reviewers credit for their peer review contributions on the Publons platform. Reviewers for the 55 participating MDPI journals will now have the option to have their reviews automatically added to their Publons profiles.
The partnership provides MDPI reviewers with greater recognition for their peer review and brings greater transparency to the peer review process (without breaking reviewer anonymity). The expectation is that giving credit for peer review will result in an improved peer review process for the participating journals.
Martyn Rittman of MDPI said of the partnership:
MDPI is delighted to be working with Publons to recognise the hard work of our reviewers. Reviewing is often done behind closed doors and is an under-appreciated part of the editorial process. However, the comments of the many volunteer reviewers we work with is vital for ensuring the quality of research published in MDPI journals. We believe that Publons offers the right balance between recognition and confidentiality, and we hope that this step will go a small way towards giving something back to our hard-working reviewers.
You can read the full MDPI announcement on their blog.
How the partnership works
When you review for a participating MDPI journal, we will email you a private link to add the review to your Publons profile. Once the article has been published (in an MDPI journal or, if rejected, in any other journal at a later date), we will add a verified record that you reviewed for the journal to your Publons profile.
By default, each review you complete for MDPI will be displayed on your profile as e.g. “Reviewed for International Journal of Molecular Sciences in September 2015”. Publons never reveals sensitive information without the consent of reviewers.
If you've already indicated on your profile that you'd like us to automatically add reviews from partnered journals, we'll skip sending you the private link and notify you via email once we’ve added the review.
You can see a list of the participating MDPI journals at the Publons-MDPI partnership page: