Peer Review

Show your best reviewers how much you value them

You can now seek out – and nominate – peer reviewers based on the quality of their work

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Most of you are familiar with the Reviewer Recognition platform that provides Elsevier reviewers with a personalized profile page wherein their Elsevier journal peer review history is documented. It also allows them to create a public Reviewer Page listing all their peer review activities – including those for other publishers’ titles.

Recognizing reviewers

Reviewer recognitionThe quantity of reviews was, up to now, the main source of recognition. The more reviews completed, the more rewards achieved. For example, if they completed at least one review within a two-year period, they became a “Recognized Reviewer”. If they completed more and ended up in the top 10th percentile, they became an “Outstanding Reviewer”.  Since the launch of the Reviewer Recognition platform, more than 450,000 reviewer individual profiles with a “status” have been created.

It’s now time to take this one step further and enable recognition based on the quality of their reviews.

Have your say…

LightbulbDo you have other ideas on how we can further increase reviewer recognition? We would love to hear from you! Please use the comment functionality below.

Rewarding your best reviewers

As an editor, you now have the ability to select reviewers based on the quality of their reviews, nominating them for a “Certificate of Excellence”. This is done via the back end of the Reviewer Recognition platform.  (Reviewer Recognition platform is expanding to cover all Elsevier journals, so if you are a senior editor and don’t yet have access to this, you will soon).

The nominated reviewer will then receive an email that includes an encrypted link to their personal profile page, where they will be able to download this Certificate of Excellence. He/she will also be able to see that they have been hand-picked by the editor.

You also have the option to publish the list of nominated reviewers on your journal homepage (with the help of your journal publisher). This kind of recognition is something reviewers appreciate and will no doubt encourage them to review for your journal again.

Dr. Barbara Albert"It is wonderful that the new Elsevier tool allows us to nominate reviewers for a special acknowledgement," said Dr. Barbara Albert, Editor of Solid State Sciences and Full Professor for Inorganic Solid State Chemistry at Technische Universität Darmstadt in Germany.  "Their work is so valuable for us and it is really a challenge to show them how much we actually appreciate it. Now it gets a bit easier."

Dr. Barette G PotterDr. Barette G Potter, Editor of the Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids and a Professor of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Arizona, said: "The process of nominating reviewers is relatively straightforward. Hopefully, the archive that is developed by the system (that we can access) will keep a running history of recognitions that we can refer back to as the years go by."


The platform enables reviewers to:

  • Track their reviewer status
  • Access an annual review history report
  • Claim discounts for books and author services purchases
  • Collect certificates of recognition
  • Volunteer to review for other journals
  • Claim peer reviews for non-Elsevier journals
  • Link to their article history via their ORCID iD

Editors can now nominate you for a Certificate of Excellence based on the quality of your reviews


Author biographies

Dr. Bahar Mehmani

Dr. Bahar Mehmani, Publishing Innovation Manager at Elsevier, is working on a number of reviewer-related projects, all of which are designed to recognize reviewers' contributions to the progress of science. She received her PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Amsterdam in 2010. Before joining Elsevier, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light.

Ursula van Dijk

Ursula van Dijk has more than 20 years of experience in STM journal marketing. Currently, she leads a team of marketers who support publishing initiatives in the Physical, Formal and Applied Sciences area by communicating and interacting with researchers. Additionally, she is responsible for engaging with reviewers with a focus on initiatives that recognize their contributions to science. She holds a post-graduate degree in journalism.

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