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
Peer Review Awards Categories
- Sentinel Award - for outstanding advocacy, innovation or contribution to scholarly peer review
- Top 1% of reviewers in each field
- Excellent review winners
- Top reviewers for top journals
- Top reviewing institutions
- Top reviewing institutions in each field
- Top reviewing countries
- Top post-publication reviewers
- Top handling editors
Want to find out how we determine the winners? Read our methodology.
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
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:
Exclusive resources to help you become a master of peer review and use your peer review record to advance your career:
- The Publons Academy - free peer review training
- Using your peer review records to advance your career
- How to write a peer review: 12 things you need to know
- 6 Common Flaws To Look Out For in Peer Review
- Want To Peer Review? Top 10 Tips To Get Noticed By Editors
- Are you the right reviewer? 5 questions to ask yourself
- 5 Steps to Writing a Winning Post-Publication Peer Review
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: