Peer Review

Get recognition for the quality of your reviews

Editors can now show their appreciation by rewarding you based on the quality of your reviews

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

Recognizing your work

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 you completed at least one review within a two-year period, you became a “Recognized Reviewer”. If you completed more and ended up in the top 10th percentile, you 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 your reviews.

Rewarding quality

Our journal editors can now select reviewers using the back end of the Reviewer Recognition platform based on the quality of your reviews, nominating you for a “Certificate of Excellence.” If you are nominated by an editor you will receive an email that includes an encrypted link to your personal profile page, where you are able to download this Certificate of Excellence. This certificate complements the certificates based on frequency of review.

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 Universit├Ąt 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.”

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Reviewer Recognition platform

The platform enables you to:

  • Track your 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 your article history via your 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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