The peer review process is important for the verification of the methods and the results of scientific research and to ensure that all research published is scientifically sound. Many journals, such as Proceedings B, also rely on the expertise of the reviewers to help Editors to assess the quality, interest and novelty of an article. Publishers and Editors are therefore reliant on the work of peer reviewers to establish which of the many hundreds or thousands of submissions received each year should be published in a given journal.

We are very grateful for the work that reviewers do and provide recognition for this service. For several years, we have identified our top reviewers in Proceedings B annually, and included their names on a poster to highlight their efforts.

publons-logo-2In addition, last year we initiated a trial integration with Publons, a peer review recognition site, which awards merit points for reviewers across multiple journals. By integrating our system with this service, scientists who review for Proceedings B can more easily upload their reviews to Publons, and gain credit for those reviews. Reviews are also automatically verified through this integration process – which means even more credit per review.

To date, over 500 reviews for Proceedings B have been uploaded to Publons, and we’re pleased to see that there is enthusiasm for this service in our reviewer community. Andrew Preston, Publons CEO and co-founder says ‘We at Publons are delighted to have been working with The Royal Society on the integration of one of their flagship titles, Proceedings B, allowing reviewers to get recognition for their valuable contribution to science.

Over two thirds of Proceedings B reviewers getting credit for their reviews on Publons have been a direct result of the Publons–Royal Society partnership in the last year — making it easier than ever for Proceedings B reviewers to get recognition for their work.

Working with partners who are committed to peer review, like The Royal Society, has helped Publons go from strength-to-strength, putting us on track to have 1000 journals integrated by end 2016 .’

Following the success of the integration of Proceedings B with Publons we are pleased to also announce that this service will soon also be integrated with three further Royal Society journals – Biology Letters, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, and Royal Society Open Science.

We’re therefore encouraging you to get recognized for your contributions to science this Peer Review Week. Sign up to Publons now and effortlessly track, verify and showcase every review you do for, not only for Royal Society journals, but a host of other publications too.


One Response to “Recognizing review at the Royal Society”

  1. Rémy Pascal


    that seems to be a good start to get some credit from the review process.
    However, I just can’t understand why the name of the reviewers does not appears on the final paper.
    Double blind review all the way through, and at the end, the paper is published with the names of the authors, and the names of the reviewers. Then any reviewer can add it to its review list (new section to the publication list), and reviewers will not pass papers easily as they don’t want their names associated to bad science.
    The peer review process get better, and the reviewers get credits for their work.

    We can always have the possibility for the reviewer to ask not to be named, but the authors would be notified and given the opportunity to rework the paper.