We’re very excited to introduce an enhanced Publons profile, powered by integrations with Web of Science.
Publons now combines publications, citation metrics, peer review history, and journal editing work in a single and easy-to-manage profile, helping researchers track more of their research impact.
As we enter this new phase of our journey, we want to share the story behind it and what problems we believe this new profile helps solve for researchers.
Demonstrating research impact: A never ending journey
In today’s highly competitive environment, researchers constantly need to demonstrate their impact and service in their field in performance reviews, and funding or job applications. It’s a path full of obstacles, and many researchers must feel like Atreyu trying to save Fantasia (warning: you need to be born in the 80's or 90's to get this reference).
For years, researchers have been evaluated based on their citations. But being a published author isn’t the only way to advance research. Like all researchers, we know there are many ways to impact one's field. World-class researchers are out there every day educating, peer reviewing, editing for journals, and engaging with communities and policy makers, to name a few.
Some optimistic trends in research assessment
Over the last five years, three major frameworks – the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), the Leiden Manifesto and The Metric Tide – have been calling for a change in the culture of metrics use in research assessment.
Some major funders are paving the way, for example Wellcome have recently announced their commitment to “making sure that when we assess research outputs during funding decisions we will consider the intrinsic merit of the work, not the title of the journal or publisher.”
Regional initiatives are also playing a crucial role; the EU, within it’s programme for research Horizon Europe, looked into responsible metrics and evaluation for open science in its Next Generation Metrics report; In China, a new researcher evaluation policy means to clean up the "Four-Only" phenomenon of "Only Papers, Only Titles, Only Education Diploma and Only Awards".
Publons 2018 Global State of Peer Review report also showed that researchers too are interested in greater recognition for contributions beyond publishing; 84% think institutions should more explicitly require and recognize peer review contributions. And things are starting to evolve. Some institutions, for instance The Royal Society Te Apārangi (New Zealand), now specifically recognize peer review for funding.
Taking a more complete view of researchers
A central reason for creating Publons back in 2012 was to help researchers get recognition for their tireless, and often hidden peer review work. To date more than 530,000 researchers have used Publons to demonstrate how they are continually advancing their field as committed peer reviewers — ensuring the quality and integrity of their peers' work — and as journal editors — sourcing, curating, and disseminating the latest findings. These contributions are crucial to helping us trust, understand and communicate research.
Today we are building on this foundation by bringing the power of Web of Science to Publons. Now researchers can easily track a more complete view of the ways they impact research — as cited authors, editors, and peer reviewers — in one place.
Of course we know researchers do much more than just publishing, reviewing and editing. While we acknowledge that Publons today is not an absolute reflection of what researchers do, we hope these new features will help you easily demonstrate more of the ways you impact your field, and save you time preparing for the many evaluations and funding applications that ask for this information, so you can get back to what matters — doing research!
- All your publications, easily imported from Web of Science, ORCID, or your bibliographic reference managers (e.g. EndNote or Mendeley)
- Trusted citation metrics, automatically imported from the Web of Science
- Your verified peer review and journal editing history, powered by partnerships with thousands of scholarly journals
- Downloadable record summarising your scholarly impact as an author, editor and peer reviewer
- Choose to display or hide your h-index
We hope you enjoy the new features and look forward to your feedback.
For more information, have a look at our FAQs or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any question.