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 Web of Science (publons) Membership and Review Guide

 Web of Science (publons) is a commercial website that provides a free service for academics to track, verify, and showcase their Peer-review and editorial contributions for academic journals. Publons produces a verified record of a person's review and editorial activity for journals, which can be downloaded to include in CVs, funding and job applications, and promotion and performance evaluations.

Your publications, citation metrics, peer reviews and journal editing work can be centralized in thePublons system and promote your science and academia internationally.

Publons is a service that allows researchers to track and recognize reviews made internationally. Thus, after registering the reviews in the Publons system, the number of reviews is stored and displayed separately in the Publons system by the names of the journal.

After review of an article, the reviewer in a scientific journal must perform the following steps in order to register her/ his reviews in the Publons system:

1- Registration in Publons:


  1. After registration and entering the information on the personal page, you will become a member of Publons and you will be notified via Email.
  2. After review of each article, enter your review in Publons.
  3. To add your own review to Publons, some journals ask you if you would like your review to be automatically added to Publons. Therefore, by clicking on the yes option below, the review will be automatically transferred and added to the Publons system.


  1. Most journals do not have such mentioned option. In this case, to add your review at Publons, simply forward your reviewed email which is received from the intended journal to
  2. After receiving the Publons response, this review will be added to the number of your verified reviews in the Publons system. Thus, the number of verified reviews and the name of the journals are displayed as follows:



  1. With Publons profile one can endorse various journals. For this purpose, after logging into your personal page in the Publons system, you may endorse them.



  1. For this purpose, by clicking on the ENDORSE THIS JOURNAL button, your name and photo will appear on the Publons page of the mentioned journal.
  2. It should be noted that rather than reviewers job in Publons, various activities are done at Publons that belong to publishers, editors, academics and researchers.


It is obvious, each of your review activities at Publons will enhance your scientific values and recognition in the global community.


What are the main advantages of a Publon profile?

Make your contributions visible

Platforms such as Publons give you a verified referee and journal editing profile, which you may use in your curriculum vitae and funding applications. For example, your profile may help you to be invited for joining a journal’s advisory board or to be recognised as an expert in your field.

Go from publication to impact

Furthermore these platforms show that you are an active member of the research community. The latter may become increasingly important, as major organisations – such as the San Francisco Declaration of Research Assessment (DORA), the Leiden Manifesto, and also VSNU, NWO, NFU and ZonMw – have been calling for a change in how institutes recognise and reward researchers, with a shift in emphasis from publications to impact. These developments align with worldwide discussions on ‘science in transition’ and the emergence of Open Science.

Work more efficient

The profile may also be helpful because it is easy to use and will save you time and effort. You can export your verified reviewer profile and use it as a proof of your service as a reviewer or editor.

Compare yourself to your peers

Furthermore, in Publons you can track metrics of your reviewing and editing activities, such as the number and length of your reviews. In this way you can compare yourself to others in your field and in your institution.