What is Peer Review Week?

Peer Review Week is an annual global event celebrating the critical role of peer review in maintaining the quality and integrity of research communication. The theme for Peer Review Week 2017 is 'Transparency'.

What is Publons doing?

Publons is one of 28 organizations on the Peer Review Week Organizing Committee, bringing you a range of virtual and in-person events.

The biggest event of the week is Publons Peer Review Awards - honoring the top reviewers each year. You can read more about the awards below.

We also have a range blogs, videos, peer review research, resources and more that we will be bringing to you over the week. To stay up-to-date you can:

Why have Peer Review Week?

Peer review is central to our ability to trust and communicate research, but it is under fire. Generally speaking there is massive pressure to publish and minimal incentive to review, causing the following problems:

  • Editors struggle to find reviewers, slowing down scholarly communication.
  • Researchers get little or no formal recognition from funders and institutions for their critical work vetting and improving research through peer review.
  • A lack of transparency in peer review processes and systems prohibits us from making informed decisions for improvements.
  • The absence of formal training leads to variations in review quality and a lack of understanding about the benefits of being an active reviewer.
  • Some bad apples commit review fraud to get their work published, leading to mass retractions and damaging the public's trust in research.

Peer Review Week is designed to raise awareness and improve understanding of peer review, how it is practiced, the problems researchers face and the solutions we can take on as a community to harness the power of peer review to bring trust and efficiency to research.


Peer reviewers are the unsung guardians of science and research, keeping watch over the quality and integrity of scholarly communication. Thanks to their critical eye and devotion to sound research, we continue to expand the sphere of human knowledge.

For the second year running, Publons has published the names of the world's top reviewers,  recognizing both the quantity and quality of their efforts. See the 2017 recipients here.

We also named Irene Hames the winner of our Sentinel Award - for outstanding advocacy, innovation or contribution to scholarly peer review! Watch her accepting the prize and check out the finalists she was up against.

Recognizing the heroes of peer review

Rewatch sessions from
the Peer Review Congress

Check out the latest research into peer review as recorded from the 8th International Congress on Peer Review.

Sessions were live streamed from the Peer Review Congress twitter account: https://twitter.com/peerrevcongress

You can go back and watch the sessions from there.

Talking Peer Review

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On the 19th of September we announce the winner of our Sentinel Award - for outstanding advocacy, innovation or contribution to scholarly peer review.

In our series of Q&A posts leading up to the announcement, we meet our eight finalists and get to know a bit more about them:


The people at the heart of research share their stories, thoughts and opinions about peer review. Take a look:

Publons, part of Clarivate Analytics, sat down with Alicia Newton, Senior Editor at Nature Geoscience to talk about Peer Review Week 2017, implicit bias and reviewer fraud.


For Peer Review Week 2016, Publons and Digital Science asked a collection of experts what peer review means to them.

Spread the word

Join us in sharing news about Peer Review Week 2017 and our Sentinels of Science & Research Peer Review Awards. Click any of the tweets below to show your support:

In the Press

Read coverage of the 2016 Sentinels of Science Awards: