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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Medicine® and Publons: Recognising review


Medicine® and Publons: Recognising review

Medicine® is proud to be partnered with Publons to recognise our expert peer reviewers and raise the status of peer review.

What is Publons?

Publons is a free service for researchers to effortlessly track, verify and showcase their previously hidden reviewing and editorial contributions across all the world's journals, without compromising reviewer anonymity or infringing upon journal review models.

With a Publons account, researchers have access to verified evidence of their peer review and editorial contributions for inclusion in their CV, bio, and funding and promotion applications.

Why recognise review?

Peer review is at the heart of the research ecosystem. We rely on our peer reviewers to help validate findings, qualify their importance and identify misleading or fraudulent work. Expert peer review improves the quality of scholarly communication and pace of discovery.

For years, peer review work has not been appropriately recognized, largely because the fragmented and anonymous nature of the work made it hard for researchers to provide evidence of all their reviewing contributions. With increasing pressure to publish and inadequate recognition for review, it is easy to understand why many researchers find little time for reviewing.

By giving researchers the recognition they deserve for their critical peer review and editorial contributions, we can improve the speed and quality of research communication.

"Publons is a perfect way to keep a validated track-record of contributions as a reviewer. This is a great way to keep my reviewer activity organised and documented for academic documents like CV and promotion applications." Timothy R Angeli