Practical Guide

Want To Peer Review? Top 10 Tips To Get Noticed By Editors

Ever awkwardly listened to your colleagues complain about too many peer review requests? Do you desperately nod your head in agreement despite the fact no journal editor has ever approached you? It’s ok. You’re not alone: There’s a paradox in peer review and you’re probably caught up in it. Academic journal editors say that getting […]

Have the 2010s been good for peer review?

How has peer review fared in the 2010s? We outline some key trends that have helped to define, challenge, and progress the peer review system over the past decade. A lot can happen in ten years — take the beginnings of Publons, for instance. The company was little more than a bold idea in 2010. […]

How to Write a Peer Review: 12 things you need to know

Learning how to peer review is no small feat. You’re responsible for protecting the public from false findings and research flaws, while at the same time helping to uncover legitimate breakthroughs. You’re also asked to constructively critique the research of your peers, some of which has taken blood, sweat, tears and years to put together. […]

Quality in peer reviewing: good soil is needed for good fruits

In this guest post Dr. Marie Lisandra Zepeda Mendoza, Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, discusses peer review recognition and training and shares her views on #QualityInPeerReview, the theme of this year’s Peer Review Week. “Peer review” is a stamp of quality research. In science, there is a strong push for peer-reviewed […]

The Importance of the Cited-Reference List

 As an early-career researcher, you’re likely adjusting to a variety of challenges as you make your way. Writing and publishing a research paper is one of them. One part of the writing process might not seem important, but it can have a major impact not only on your prospects for getting published but, ultimately, on […]

Hijacked journals: what they are and how to avoid them

Hijacked journals are duplicate or fake websites of legitimate ones utilizing the title, ISSN and other information of the reputable journal. They are often created by a malicious third party for the purpose of fraudulently offering academicians the opportunity to rapidly publish their research online for a fee [1,2]. In this blog Dr. Varun G […]

How can we diversify the peer review community?

Publons’ Global State of Peer Review 2018 is here! Far-reaching and pulling no punches, this largescale report assesses the lay of the research landscape to improve the future of peer review.     Diversity is one of the key themes for Peer Review Week and a major focus for our inaugural report. In the third […]

Is collaboration key to improving peer review?

Publons’ Global State of Peer Review 2018 is here! Far-reaching and pulling no punches, this largescale report assesses the lay of the research landscape to improve the future of peer review.     The inaugural report issues a call for collaborative industry action to improve the transparency, diversity, and efficiency of scholarly peer review (you […]

6 tips to secure a peer review invitation

It’s not easy breaking into the world of peer review. It often requires publishing articles and then waiting for editors to contact you. That’s a slow process for early-career researchers, who want to put their foot on the accelerator and benefit from everything peer review has to offer. Luckily, it’s not the only approach, as […]