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About us | Publons

I get asked to review half a dozen times a year. I turn down a good few if I am under too much pressure at work or feel its is a shade out of scope.

The concept of Publons sounds great. Merit for hard work. Reviewing manuscripts is intellectually demanding, time consuming and unremunerated. It is generally thought of a part of your citizenry duties and partly`justified if you want a sneak peak at upcoming papers.

Reviewing is not fallible and journals do retract papers due to fraud, ethical violations, and plagiarism. I am not sure what happens to a reviewer’s reputation when that happens, especially if they have given up their anonymity.

Reviewers control how each review is displayed on their profile (blind, open, or published), and can add both pre- reviews they do for journals and post-publication reviews of any article.


Giving for peer review allows researchers to build their academic reputation through their peer review activity. The hypothesis is that when reviewers get official recognition for their work, they are more willing to accept review requests, more willing to prioritise time to do the review quicker, and more likely to do a comprehensive review. In short, they are more willing to put aside their own research to selflessly help with someone else’s.


Welcome to the Publons community! To get a feel for Publons, try adding a few reviews to get an idea of how your profile, stats, and official reviewer report will look. You could also start forwarding your review receipts, browse the top reviewers, and see where your university sits on the university leaderboard.


By default, when a review is added to your profile only the journal and the month of the review are shown (e.g. “Richard Feynman reviewed for Reviews of Modern Physics during December 1947”). All identifying information is kept hidden from the public, unless you explicitly choose to share it. You personally can see all additional details of your review record (and make changes to what is displayed for each review) from the review history tab on your dashboard.


We work with peer reviewers, editors, and publishers to motivate reviewers by giving credit for peer review. For peer reviewers, Publons provides a way to get credit for their contributions (without breaking reviewer anonymity) in a format they can include in job and funding applications.



Bellwether Model? “Environmental Research Letters – IOPscience”

I’ve been developing my academic reputation development plan. Colleagues have roles with learned journals and one shared a tip. His tip was that the journal of Environmental Research Letters is a strong role model for the future of science and .

Drivers and Trends with this

  • rise of Open Access science where the producer pays to publish rather than the consumer pays to read,
  • rise of digital and social media on the internet and higher capacity broadband,
  • rise of graphical and video abstracts to create enticing “hooks” to the science, and
  • changing role in the objective learned printed trade press that curate and narrate science for the industry

Note to self there really must be a good chance here to combine my academic career with my rising skills within the communication and leaderships skill organization Toastmasters International

Cover of the journal of Environmental Research Letters
Cover of the journal of Environmental Research Letters

Climate change won’t reduce winter deaths In a new study published in ERL that contradicts the received wisdom on health impacts of climate change, scientists say that we shouldn’t expect substantial reduction in winter deaths as a result of global warming. Click here for the full article.


Commitment accounting of CO2 emissions Research published in ERL has shown that the existing worldwide infrastructure of fossil fuel power plants will result in more than 300 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions being emitted over their expected lifetimes. These ‘committed’ emissions are growing by around 4% per year as more power plants are built. Click here for the full article.


Focus issues Each invited collection serves to highlight the exciting work conducted in specific areas of interest, as identified by the Editorial Board. The majority of the issues also consider unsolicited contributions, please browse our upcoming and ongoing list of issues and contact the journal to enquire about contributing to an issue (erl@iop.org).


Why publish with ERL? 1. High impact (Impact Factor: 4.09), 2. Fast review (80–90 days from submission to acceptance), 3. High article downloads (180,000 per month) and 4. Guaranteed coverage on environmentalresearchweb. More information on these author benefits, and many others, are available here.


Environmental Research Letters covers all of environmental science, providing a coherent and integrated approach including research articles, perspectives and editorials.