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Researcher Identifiers and your Online Research Profile

A guide to the various different researcher identifiers, and how to set up researcher identifiers, as well as managing your online research profile.

What is Publons?

Peer review is a core component of a researcher's academic activity and as such, external validation by academic editors that the researcher is an expert in their field. Until recently it was difficult for researchers to record their peer reviewing activity.

Publons is a network of more than 65,000 reviewers, editors, and authors aligned in their pursuit of better accountability and transparency in, as well as recognition for, peer review.

Publons verify peer review contributions allowing reports to be created for use in funding and promotion applications.

See USC's revewing profile on Publons here

Benefits of Publons

If you are a researcher, you can benefit from using Publons by:

  • Keep a verified record of your peer review activity (without breaking reviewer anonymity)
  • Use this for funding and promotion applications
  • Keep track of papers you reviewed as they are published as well as an overview of engagement with those papers online.
  • Compare your reviewing behaviour to others in your field and in your institution
  • Verified peer review activity can be exported to ORCID to populate your researcher profile for maximum visibility
  • Demonstrate your relationship with influential and important journals in your field

How to create a Publons account

Signing up for Publons is easy:

  1. Go to Publons and click Sign In
  2. Click the Create New Account

It's that simple!

Getting peer review work into Publons and then into ORCID

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