May 27, 2022

Peer Review: Springer Nature and Publons (Part of Clarivate Analytics) Announce Partnership

From a Joint Announcement:

2018-12-12_08-45-26Springer Nature and Publons, part of Clarivate Analytics, have announced a partnership to improve the peer review process and enable peer reviewers to receive recognition for their contribution.

The first part of the partnership will see Publons’ Reviewer Recognition Service rolled out across more than 2,000 Springer Nature journals starting with Scientific Reports, the world’s largest open access journal. This follows a successful pilot, which saw some 60,000 reviewers record over 275,000 reviews on Publons, and will provide the researchers who provide over one million reviews for Springer Nature journals every year with important recognition for their work

The two organisations will also work together to make finding the right peer reviewer faster and smarter.

Springer Nature’s custom-built in-house reviewer finder will connect with the peer review and editorial history of Publons’ 500,000+ strong, and rapidly growing, cross-publisher reviewer community, through Publons Reviewer Connect. This, combined with the integration of Publons’ reviewer availability feature, will help Springer Nature to further improve the peer review process by identifying reviewer workload and availability constraints amongst potential reviewers.


Publons will continue to support Springer Nature’s partnership with ORCID through its Reviewer Recognition integration, which ensures Publons-verified reviews are automatically added to a researcher’s ORCID record. Since ORCID began asserting peer reviews in 2015, over half a million reviews have been added – with Publons contributing 95% of these.

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