Get Credit for your Historical Reviews with Publons

In September 2015, we announced our partnership with Publons to recognise the effort put in by our reviewers and their invaluable contribution to the editorial process. Reviewers for the selected group of 50 MDPI journals can now track, verify and showcase their peer review activity as well as generate certificates and link their profiles to other services like Orcid.

But what about historical reviews conducted before this partnership?

Good news – we have checked our records and released over 1500 historical peer reviews so any missing records can be added to reviewers’ Publons profiles.

How does it work?

If you’ve reviewed for one of our 50 participating journals over the past six years, but don’t have any record of those reviews, we will track down the missing records together with Publons and automatically update your Publons profile. All you need to do is:

  1. Create a Publons account or sign in to your existing account
  2. Click on your profile picture in the top right-hand corner and select ‘Settings’
  3. Under the ‘Reviews’ tab, check the box labelled ‘Automatically add reviews from partnered journals’
  4. Under the ‘Emails’ tab, add and verify any email addresses you used for past peer review work.

Don’t worry if your profile doesn’t update immediately.  Publons will update these records by periodically (and securely) cross-referencing their database with  our records.  Any past reviews will show up soon.

What about reviewer confidentiality?

Our policy on confidentiality remains the same and we take it very seriously. Your name will not be publicly linked to a specific published paper, and the content of the review report will not be passed on to Publons. This is an opt in service, so nothing will be made public until you agree to it. Publons is completely optional and if you change your mind at any time you can opt out.


For more details on our partnership with Publons, please read our information for reviewers.