At Royal Society Publishing we often like to talk about peer review. This may be in the context of Peer Review Week or when discussing our referee incentives or when looking through our archive for reports from yesteryear.

This is quite deliberate.

Peer review remains one of the most valuable resources we have in scientific publishing. Given the sheer number of journals there are and the number of articles being published, we cannot underestimate how important this is and the time that referees dedicate to furthering the scientific discourse this way. Any developments and achievements in the practice need to be discussed, debated and disseminated so we can continue to improve the process.

With this in mind, the Editors of Biology Letters would like to thank all the reviewers who contributed to the journal in 2016. There were over 1200 of you who were asked to referee hundreds of submissions, and we are thankful to you all. Of these reviewers, we highlight the people who refereed for us the most throughout the year:

  • Michael Gravenor (Swansea University, UK)
  • John Manning (Swansea University, UK)
  • Claudio Carere (Università degli Studi della Tuscia, Italy)
  • Adrian Gleiss (Murdoch University, Australia)
  • Johannes Hönekopp (Northumbria University, UK)
  • Moya Meredith Smith (King’s College London, UK)
  • Anders Møller (Université Paris-Sud, France)
  • Giorgio Vallortigara (University of Trento, Italy)
  • Thomas Guillerme (Imperial College London, UK)
  • John Raven (University of Dundee, UK)
  • William Searcy (University of Miami, USA)

If you want to gauge how many people it takes to help make a journal work, take a look at our editorial thanking our reviewers from 2016. We are extremely grateful to all of you and we very much hope you and others are able to review for Biology Letters again this year. And who knows, we may be writing about one of you in 2018…