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More recognition for reviewers

7 September 2015

By Bahar Mehmani, PhD, Joris van Rossum, Ursula van Dijk

Reviewers can now list all their review history in one place regardless of the publisher

We are continuously looking at how to make the indispensable contribution made by reviewers more visible. In an article published last year, we first announced our intentions to pilot a "reviewer recognition" platform where Elsevier reviewers have access to a personal review-profile page wherein their Elsevier journal review history is recorded and several perks and awards are provided. Initially starting with 40 Elsevier journals, and encouraged by the enthusiastic response from reviewers, we have expanded this platform to cover 800 titles, resulting in more than 400,000 My Elsevier Reviews profile pages. We expect to expand this further to all Elsevier journals by the end of 2015.

Recognizing reviewers

Our latest functionality to the Reviewer Recognition platformopens in new tab/window enables reviewers to create a public Reviewer Pageopens in new tab/window, listing all their respective peer review activities. In a few simple steps, reviewers can indicate by year, all the reviews they have completed, regardless of the publisher and whether the reviewed manuscript was ultimately published or not. In this way, reviewers can create a complete overview of their review history accessible via a personalized URL. Naturally, we fully respect the confidentiality of the peer review process and will not match reviewers to individual articles.

Reviewer Page Beta Dashboard

Reviewer Page Beta Dashboard

Other developments

This year we also implemented the reviewer “end of the year report”, which collects the journal review history of a reviewer in a single PDF-file format. According to our feedback surveys, such a report is valuable when submitting a grant application or applying for a position.

Another feature recently added to the platform is the option for reviewers to volunteer to review for additional journals. Since the launch of this feature in March 2015, we have seen thousands of reviewers provide their authorship history, as well as their reason for volunteering, to journal editors.

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"Peer review forms the cornerstone of trusted research outcome validation, Through the Reviewer Recognition platform, and the recently launched public Reviewer Page specifically, we want to ensure that reviewers get the recognition they deserve."

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Philippe Terheggen

Managing Director at Elsevier's Journal Business

Reviewer Recognition Platform

Enabling 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


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Bahar Mehmani, PhD

Reviewer Experience Lead


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Joris van Rossum

Product Manager


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Ursula van Dijk

STM - Journal Marketing