Practical Guide

The what, why, and how of preprints and peer review

Preprints: what they are how they can help improve your research skills. Preprint servers have been around for almost three decades [1], so if you’re a researcher, chances are you’ve heard of these by now. Preprint servers were created to speed up scholarly publishing and allow authors to receive peer feedback on their preprint manuscripts […]

Editors’ guide to finding peer reviewers

Need help finding peer reviewers who are reliable and motivated? Read Publons’ comprehensive guide for editors. We provide tips, advice, and the latest technology to find journal reviewers and avoid peer review fraud in today’s publish or perish culture. Solutions for finding journal reviewers (at a glance): Recognize your peer reviewers Enhance review transparency at your journal […]

Review a manuscript like a pro: 6 tips from a Publons Academy supervisor

Peer review getting you down? Have you been asked to review and don’t know where to start? Or have you tentatively submitted a few reviews and never been quite sure if you’re doing it “right”?   That’s okay: there are tips you can learn to make the process easier and more robust–for you, the authors, […]

It’s not the size that matters

We celebrate 300K reviewers on Publons with a new data project: join us as we uncover the average length of scientific peer review across disciplines, journals, and countries, and question what it means for review quality. One of the most important criticisms of the peer review system is that it is much too slow. It […]

Who’s using open peer review?

The 10th annual International Open Access Week kicked off on Monday, celebrating the benefits of opening up access to research and scholarship. Open Access refers to the free, immediate, online access and use of scholarly research results. But it’s not a stand-alone concept. Since the 1990s the ideas surrounding open access gained momentum alongside other […]

5 Steps to Writing a Winning Post-Publication Peer Review

On October 13, 2016, we were warned of the 115-year limit to our lifespans. It was a spoiler for those of us certain we could live forever and contestable news for researchers worldwide.   The research was published in Nature and hotly debated the moment it hit newsstands. The first to write an open review on Publons […]

How to evaluate a manuscript critically: 12 questions you should always ask yourself

It’s finally happened: you have received your first invitation to peer review. You accept, pick up your red pen, and shuffle gleefully in your chair. This is your much anticipated contribution to the scientific community. But then the panic sets in: what does peer review really mean, and what should you look out for while reading […]

Are you the right reviewer? 5 questions to ask yourself

Ethical research is everyone’s responsibility. Researchers, editors and peer reviewers all play a role in maintaining the quality and integrity of research pushed out into the public domain. With that in mind, here’s some ethical questions to consider before accepting a manuscript to review. Peer review is at the heart of the research ecosystem. It’s […]

Beall’s list: gone but not lost

Beall’s list of ‘predatory’ open access journals has disappeared but the information isn’t lost: It still exists across many resources – including on Publons. Note: It is worth clarifying here that Publons is not an indexing service. That means that any journal in the world can have some kind of presence on Publons. The reasoning […]