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The Publons Academy is a practical peer review training course for early career researchers developed together with expert academics and editors to teach you the core competencies and skills needed of a peer reviewer.

Launching 2 May 2017

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Graduates of the Publons Academy will

  • Break into the world of expert peer reviewers
  • Overcome fears about performing their first pre-publication reviews
  • Fully understand how the peer review process works
  • Have reviewed published papers in their area of expertise
  • Be endorsed by their supervisor
  • Connect with editors at relevant journals
The rationale is that serving as a reviewer is great training to becoming a better author. This is especially important for new academics who need to prove their merit in a multi-faceted way.
— Felipe G. Nievinski

Sir Brian Heap

"The review by peers is a tried and tested method for the evaluation of new findings before publication. In science, the method has a long history and, as in all branches of scholarship, it places great demands on reviewers whose assessments must be honest, fair, safe and independent. The establishment of the Publons Academy is a key step in helping to ensure reviewers have access to rigorous training for this task of truth-seeking."

 Sir Brian Heap CBE ScD FRS, St Edmund's College, Cambridge


Publons Academy: Why Publons

The Course

Ten modules that will teach you how to review

1. Academia, publishing and peer review

This introduction will cover the publishing process and the role of peer review within academia, as well as give a more detailed overview of the rest of the course.

2. At first glance

Learn about the different sections of an article and how to identify common flaws.

3. Evaluating a methodology

The methodology is the backbone of most scientific experiments. Here you’ll learn what makes a sound study design and how to recognise a poor one.

4. Data and results

In this module you’ll learn what to look for when evaluating tables and figures, and to look for clearly stated results.

5. Communicating findings

Learn how to structure and effectively communicate your evaluation by bringing together all your findings into a coherent and constructive review.

6. Ethical considerations

This module examines reviewer biases, conflicts of interest, and misconduct.

7. What journals want

Learn about peer review from a journal editor’s point of view.

8. Working with your supervisor

This section will explain the role of your supervisor in the last modules of the course.

9. Pre-publication reviews

Learn about the process of putting yourself forward for pre-publication peer review and about the expectations and requirements involved.

10. Post-publication reviews

Reviewing a paper after it has been published can be just as important and insightful for progressing research as pre-publication reviews. In this module you will practice everything you've learnt throughout the course by writing full post-publication reviews.

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