Sentinel /sentin(ə)l/ 
Noun: 'A soldier or guard whose job it is to stand and keep watch.

Expert peer reviewers are the Sentinels of Science. They protect the world from false findings that could set back advances in human knowledge by decades. When researchers are committed to peer review, we discover cures, develop innovative technologies and realise human potential faster. 

Publons launched the Sentinels of Science Awards to pay homage to the highest achievers in peer review each year. You can see all the recipients of the inaugural awards below.

Recipients 2016

Top overall contributors to peer review in science and research

Number of verified pre-publication reviews completed between 1 October 2015 and 17 September 2016


See our blog for a response from Jonas

Nobel laureates and top researchers honour the recipients 


Top 10% in each field

Click on a field below to see the top 10% of reviewers in that field for 2016.

Congratulations from our sponsors

  • The peer review process is fundamental to the integrity of the research output across all subject areas and at SAGE, we highly value the role that peer reviewers play in the scholarly communication process. These inaugural awards are a great way to recognise and reward those taking an active role in peer review and to underscore the impact that this has in support of great science. We offer our warmest congratulations to the winners.
    — Tessa Picknett, Editorial Director, STM, SAGE Publishing
  • Would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to all Sentinels of Science Award recipients! It is really nice that Publons have chosen such a name for the most contributive peer reviewers, because, in a sense, they are the true guardians of high-quality science. They give their skills and knowledge unconditionally to their peers, with whom they usually share nothing more than a common affinity, only to win the battle in defence of good and verified research. This is why I’m pleased to see that these sentinels of science are finally recognised, and, moreover, this happens at the most appropriate time, during Peer Review Week. Congratulations to all from the whole team of Pensoft!
    — Prof. Lyubomir Penev, founder and CEO of Pensoft
  • Our most sincere congratulations to the winners of the inaugural Sentinels of Science award and a heartfelt 'thank you' to all peer reviewers who continue to generously dedicate their time and expertise to help us serve the wider academic community.
    — Steven Inchcoombe, Chief Publishing Officer, Springer Nature
  • “As publisher of many high-class medical journals, Thieme is a proud sponsor of Publons’ Sentinels of Science Awards. We are very excited to cooperate with Publons as a truly remarkable cross publishing service for our reviewers and look forward to further improve our review processes to benefit our authors, reviewers, and journals. I would like to sincerely congratulate the winners of the Sentinels of Science Awards and thank all reviewers for their continued contributions to science and research.”
    — Frauke Ralf, Vice President Open Access Business Development, Thieme Publishers Stuttgart
  • We are thrilled to see that the heroes on the front lines of peer review are getting rewarded for all of their great work. A wonderful way to close peer review week.
    — Laura Wheeler, Digital Science

Top reviewing countries and their top reviewers

(Countries with highest median reviewer merit)