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World's top peer reviewers revealed


Over 6,000 experts are honored as world-class peer reviewers and editors in Publons’ 2018 global Peer Review Awards!

The awards, announced during this year’s Peer Review Week, celebrate reviewers as the #SentinelsofScience and research, tirelessly proving their unwavering commitment towards the quality and integrity of scholarly communication.

In 2018, there were:

  • 230K+ award-winning reviews written for more than 10,000 journals

  • 2,000+ institutions named as housing the world’s top reviewers and editors

  • 100+ countries celebrated for hosting our 6,000+ award-winners

  • 38 Publons Academy graduates named in this year’s awards.

Click on any of the Award categories below to see the top reviewers for 2018, and check out our methodology here.

Are researchers from your institution named in the awards? Download our Peer Review Week toolkit for information and assets about how to promote their achievements.

Publons ECR Reviewers' Choice Award

We're excited to announce Xinyan Huang has been awarded our 2018 ECR Reviewers' Choice Award, with Veronika Cheplygina as the runner-up.

Mechanical Engineer Xinyan Huang is an Assistant Professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and will receive US$1,500 in Amazon vouchers for his exceptional contribution to peer review.

Xinyan is recognized for being an "active, careful, enthusiastic, constructive, and responsible reviewer," and having a long list of peer review awards for Publons, Springer, and Elsevier to prove it.

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For me, peer review is not a task but a natural responsibility of being part of the community. It’s also a great learning experience [...] that definitely helped me to do my own research better.
— Assistant Prof. Xinyan Huang, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Peer Review Week 2018


Publons' Peer Review Awards are announced each year during Peer Review Week. Peer Review Week 2018 runs from September 10 - 15, 2018, and is dedicated to all things peer review. It brings recognition to reviewers worldwide, and raises awareness of the key challenges they face, including:

  • the deluge of publications
  • a lack of transparency
  • outdated or inefficient technology
  • a scarce array of reviewer profiles.

The theme for this year's Peer Review Week is 'Diversity & Inclusion in Peer Review.' If you would like to get involved please send your contributions and ideas to peerreviewweek@outlook.com using the subject line 'Peer Review Week.'

Alternatively, you can download Publons Peer Review Week toolkit with information and assets to help your orgnization get involved.

What makes an Award-winning reviewer?

  •   If you're rushing you can end up writing an unhelpful review that misses some of the detail in the justification of the study or the complexity of the analysis.

    Sue Fletcher Watchon
    Top reviewer at the university of Edinburgh, Publons Peer Review Awards, 2017
    University of Edinburgh - Present
  •   Tips to get noticed by editors? Yes: publish, publish, publish!

    Ana-Maria Florea
    Publons Peer Review Awards winner, 2017
    Scientific Officer (REACH/CLP) - Department Chemicals and Product Safety, German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) - 2017 to Present.
  •   A review is much more important than just saying whether the paper is acceptable or not - and it should be constructive, not critical.

    Maria Bostenaru Dan
    Publons Peer Review Award Winner, 2017
    Research scientist - Urban and landscape design, "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism - Present.
  •   You need to have a number of manuscripts rejected to appreciate the value (or luck therefore) of good reviewers' comments.

    Marius Rademaker
    Top Handling Editor, Publons Peer Review Awards, 2017/

Global State of Peer Review

What does the peer review landscape look like today? Is it getting better or worse? And who's actually doing all the peer review, anyway? We made it part of our Peer Review Week mission to find out.

Publons' Global State of peer review report combines:

  • 30+ years' worth of data from Clarivate Analytic's ScholarOne Manuscripts system
  • data-driven analysis from Publons' large-scale peer review platform
  • survey responses from ~12,000 researchers in the peer review community
  • statistics and insight to uncover the future direction of peer review.

This will inform one of the largest peer review reports of its time, dedicated to improving review for the better. We'll provide a link to the report and supporting documents on September 9, 2018.

Interested in receiving a copy? Register your interest below and we will send you a link to the report when it is released.

What does "Diversity in Review" mean to you?

We asked researchers working at the heart of peer review this very question. Find out what they said - and let us know if you think the same or differently at marketing@publons.com or via social media.


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Supporting organizations

Publons' Peer Review Awards are the only cross-publisher Awards that celebrate the efforts of peer reviewers worldwide. Here's a list of our partners supporting our 2018 series:

Read the full GSPR 2018


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