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

Watch our exclusive Publons Academy On-Demand Webinar for Peer Review Week, covering content from the first four modules of the Publons Academy. By watching this webinar, you will receive a unique link to fast track the first four modules of the online course.

  •   The Publons Academy modules have helped me develop my research and peer-reviewing skills, and has alerted me to issues I previously was not aware of. Even though I haven’t done much reviewing yet, I now feel confident in reviewing papers in my research field.

    Elisabeth Loose
    PhD researcher at School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow
  •   The course was important for me because it gave me instructions on how to peer review. Before the course, I wrote reviews based on what I received for my own research. Now, I write my comments with more confidence and I know what is necessary to insert in the review. Special thanks to my supervisor, who told me what I need to improve in my reviews.

    Fernanda Guimarães
    Professor at Universidade Federal de Pernambuco- Doctorade in Nursing
  •   I have to acknowledge that studying Publons Academy's modules deeply contributed to enhance my academic performance. thank you so much for Publons Academy!

    Diaa Ahmed Mohamed Ahmedien
    Senior-Lecturer, Helwan University
  •   Thank you so much, it was exciting to be part of the Publons Academy training course. After working with my supervisor I feel really good and now I believe in my skills much more. That was very valuable experience. I strongly recommend the course! Thank you!

    Elizabeth Martin
    Publons' Academy graduate

Start building your reviewing profile

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As a graduate of the Publons Academy, you will:

  • Break into the world of expert peer reviewers
  • Overcome any fears you have about performing pre-publication reviews
  • Fully understand how the peer review process works
  • Have reviewed published papers in your area of expertise
  • Be endorsed by your mentor
  • 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


Why Publons?

  • Hundreds of thousands of expert reviewers
  • Free and on-demand. Complete the course anytime, anywhere
  • The world's largest library of reviews. The best examples and resources at your fingertips
  • Perform real reviews with guidance from your mentor and build out your profile as an expert reviewer

The Course

Ten modules that will teach you how to 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


Your Journey through the Course


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