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2016 Sentinels of Science Awards Recipients announced


Top honours in peer review for 2016 have been announced. Nobel laureates and top researchers have congratulated the recipients.

Recipients for top overall contributions to science and research through peer review are:

Overall winner

Jonas Ranstam has been awarded as the top contributing researcher to peer review over the past year (1 October 2015 to 17 September 2016).

Jonas Ranstam is an independent medical statistician and retired professor of Medical Statistics at Lund University, Sweden. With his strong background in epidemiology and randomised trials, his dedication to peer review helps to boost reproducibility in medical research. He does this by tackling manuscripts from a methodologically-oriented viewpoint, helping authors avoid mistakes and improve their research. In doing so, has achieved 1,971 Publons’ Merit throughout the past year and contributed 661 reviews across 16 international scientific journals.

He says: “I’m very glad to receive this award. I have always enjoyed reviewing. I find it to be a rewarding intellectual challenge that gives insights into current research. It feels good to be able to contribute to science by helping authors make manuscripts better, and by helping editors avoid publishing poor ones.”

Second and third top contributing peer reviewers

Second: Chemical Engineer Grigorios Kyriakopoulos (National Technical University of Athens, Greece) with 437 reviews in 53 journals.

Third: Cardiologist Gaetano Santulli (Columbia University Medical Centre, New York) with 356 reviews in 67 journals.

Recipients have also been named for:

All award recipients, including lists of the top reviewers in each field are available on our website.

Publons’ CEO and co-founder, Andrew Preston, says: “It’s a great privilege to be honoring the experts who work tirelessly to protect and enhance science and research through peer review. The general public and many institutions reliant on research are largely unaware of all the hours and effort experts donate to ensure science is sound. So we’re thrilled to partner with the world’s top publishers to recognise the best in class over the past year - the true Sentinels of Science. On behalf of Publons, I would like to congratulate all the recipients for their valuable contributions to science.”

The overall winners of Publons’ inaugural Sentinel of Science awards receive a share of around US$4,000 in cash and prizes as well as an official Sentinel of Science diploma. Every reviewer in the top 10% of their field will receive a digital badge on their profile and a printable Sentinel of Science diploma, signalling they were amongst the best in class for the past year.

All prizes are courtesy of the Awards’ sponsors: Sage, Wiley, Springer Nature, Cambridge University Press, ARPHA, Digital Science, ScholarOne, and Thieme.

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