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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 supervisors 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 their field
  • Receive feedback from students on your supervision

Your Role as a Supervisor

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.

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  •   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

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Ten Modules to Learn Peer Review

1. Academia, publishing and peer review

The introduction covers the publishing process and the role of peer review within academia.

2. At first glance

Students 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 students learn what makes a sound study design and how to recognise a poor one.

4. Data and results

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

5. Communicating findings

Students learn how to structure and effectively communicate their evaluation by bringing together all their findings into a coherent and constructive review.

6. Ethical considerations

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

7. What journals want

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

8. Working with your supervisor

This section will explain the role you play as a supervisor in the last modules of the course.

9. Pre-publication reviews

Students learn how to put themselves forward for pre-publication peer review and about the expectations and requirements involved.

10. Post-publication reviews

In this module students learn about post-publication reviews and practice everything they've learnt throughout the course by updating their reviews into full reviews.

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