More recognition for reviewers

Reviewers can now list all their review history in one place regardless of 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 platform enables reviewers to create a public Reviewer Page, 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

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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Philippe Terheggen“Peer review forms the cornerstone of trusted research outcome validation,” says Philippe Terheggen, Managing Director of Elsevier’s journal business. “Through the Reviewer Recognition platform, and the recently launched public Reviewer Page specifically, we want to ensure that reviewers get the recognition they deserve.”

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


Contributor 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' contribution 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 postdoc researcher at Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light.

Dr. Joris van Rossum

For the past 12 years, Dr. Joris van Rossum has been involved with the launch and further development of many products and initiatives within Elsevier. From its inception he was a Product Manager for Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, and he worked on Elsevier's search engine for scientific information as Head of Scirus. Later, he developed the Elsevier WebShop, which offers support and services for authors at many stages of the publication workflow. As Director Publishing Innovation, Dr. van Rossum is focused on testing and introducing important innovations with a focus on peer review. He holds a master's of science in biology from the University of Amsterdam, and a PhD in philosophy from VU University Amsterdam.

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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