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The Publons Academy is a practical peer review training course for early career researchers. Join our rapidly growing network of expert mentors and train the next generation of peer reviewers.

Empower Reviewers, Improve Research

Together, the academic community can improve scholarly communication by training new academics in peer review.

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, St Edmund's College, Cambridge
  • Build an expert pool of motivated peer reviewers
  • Gain verified evidence for every student you graduate
  • Get ahead in job and funding applications
  • Utilise an out-of-the-box innovative teaching solution
  • Connect with emerging researchers in your field
  • Receive feedback from students on your supervision

Your Role as a Mentor

Together, the academic community can improve scholarly communication by training new academics in peer review. At the Publons Academy, this means offering feedback, motivating and endorsing early career researchers for excellence in reviewing.


  •   I consider mentoring of early career researchers as central to my academic activity and look forward to mentor higher degree students and early career researchers interested in enhancing their skills as reviewers.

    Publons' Academy Supervisor
  •   I am happy to get the opportunity to interact with new reviewers, and students. Thanks to publons. My main objective is to transfer of my acquired experience during the review of large number of paper assigned to me. This is essential for ensuring that new reviewers target the critical issues in the review process. As a result, excellent articles that really add to the science will not be missed, and the authors get the correct scientific encouragement and recognition.

    Publons' Academy Supervisor

Showcase your work training budding reviewers


Ten Modules to Learn Peer Review

1. Welcome to Publons Academy

Get an overview of what will be covered in the modules and how the course works

2. Academic publishing and peer review

Get an overview of the workflow of academic publishing and different types of peer review

3. What journals want

Learn how to communicate with editors and what skills they value in peer reviewers

4. Ethical considerations

Learn about author and reviewer biases, conflicts of interest, and misconduct

5. At first glance

Learn how to approach a review, and what to look for in titles, abstracts, and reference lists

6. Evaluating introductions

Learn what should be included in an introduction and what to look out for and comment on

7. Evaluating methodology

Learn what makes a sound study design and how to recognise a poor one

8. Evaluating data and results

Learn what to look for when evaluating data in tables and figures in the results section

9. Evaluating discussions and conclusions

Learn what should be included and what to look for and comment on when evaluating discussions and conclusions

10. Structuring your reviews

Learn how to structure and effectively communicate your constructive review

Dr. Randy Schekman

"We often look at the reviews written by our youngest contributors and make decisions about our editorial board based on our experience with outstanding young reviewers."

Dr. Randy Scheckman, Nobel Prize-winning biologist and Editor-in-Chief of eLife


Why Publons Academy?

  • Hundreds of thousands of expert reviewers
  • Free and on-demand - learn anywhere, anytime
  • The world's largest library of reviews to learn from
  • Students receive individual support and recognition for practice reviews
  • Graduates can connect with top journal editors
  • Mentors recognised with verified evidence and feedback for their efforts