Recognition for Review: Wiley's Partnership with Publons, One Year Later

September 13, 2017 Elizabeth Matson

At Wiley, we believe in recognizing and rewarding the efforts of peer reviewers. During Peer Review Week 2016, we announced the expansion of Wiley’s partnership with Publons. After an initial six-month pilot with a small set of journals, we began the process of integrating 750 journals with Publons. The integrations, with each individual journal’s electronic editorial office site, allow reviewers to effortlessly track and verify every review without compromising anonymity or infringing on journal review models. Reviewers can use their verified peer review and editorial records in funding and promotion applications.


A year after we announced the expansion, we’re proud to say that Wiley has the largest publisher presence on Publons, with more reviews added for Wiley journals than any other publisher. More and more Wiley reviewers are creating profiles on Publons and getting recognition for their reviews:

  • As of September 8th, 798 Wiley journals have integrated their electronic editorial office sites with Publons
  • 60,870 reviewers have used an electronic editorial office integration to add reviews to their profile
  • In total, 70,747 Wiley reviewers have added 205,369 reviews to Publons

Daniel Johnston, co-founder of Publons, adds, “Wiley continues to be a trailblazer for the transparency and recognition of their peer reviewers’ efforts. We’re delighted to mark one year since we began rolling out the Publons service to over 750 Wiley journals and look forward to celebrating Peer Review Week 2017 alongside Wiley and the global academic community.”

If you haven’t signed up for Publons yet, Peer Review Week is the perfect time. Check out our partnership with Publons and sign up for a free reviewer profile to bring transparency to your peer review efforts. If you already have a profile and have started recording your reviews, you’re already eligible for the Publons Annual Peer Review Awards. The 2017 winners will be announced this week, with the top Sentinel Award announced on Tuesday, September 19th. Wiley is proud to sponsor the 2017 Awards as a way to celebrate Peer Review Week and the success of our partnership with Publons in recognizing over 205,000 Wiley reviews (and counting!).

If you’re still not sure about Publons, check out these testimonials from Publons users:

"As an academic involved in senior management, I have served on my university’s promotion committees over many years. I also regularly offer external critique for tenure panels for several international research institutions. Peer review activity is an important criteria for demonstrating an individual’s standing, engagement and contribution to their global academic community. This is always a very difficult activity to assess but with the advent of Publons, there is now scope to capture the depth and breadth of an individual’s contribution. I believe that this verified peer review evidence is helpful for all academic researchers, especially those who are seeking career advancement.” Professor Alan Stitt, Queen’s University Belfast

“Before joining Publons, I did not realise how many papers (for so many journals) I have reviewed. I am retired and now do science (both research and reviewing) as a hobby. Seeing the list of papers I have reviewed each year, gave me a sense of achievement. For colleagues that are looking for promotion or simply doing their yearly report, their Publons summary will provide excellent documentation.” Mary Jane Beilby, Visiting Fellow, University of New South Wales

Have you used Publons? Share your experiences in the comments below.

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