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1 October 2015 /

CUP partners with Publons to give credit to peer reviewers

Publons, the world’s leading peer review recognition platform, and Cambridge University Press have entered into a partnership to give credit to peer reviewers for four Cambridge journals.  Peer reviewers at participating Cambridge journals now have the option to automatically receive recognition for their peer review contributions on the Publons platform.  The goal of the pilot is to emphasize the importance of peer review to Cambridge journals by publicly acknowledging and rewarding the hard work of peer reviewers. 

Publons works with peer reviewers, editors, and academic journals to motivate reviewers by giving credit for peer review.  Established in 2013, the company provides a way for peer reviewers to get verification of their peer review contributions (without breaking reviewer anonymity) in a format they can include in employment and funding applications.

Cambridge University Press publishes over 350 academic journals and has long been a pioneer in the field of academic publishing.  Mandy Hill, Managing Director of Academic at Cambridge University Press, said of the partnership:

Our commitment to quality content is at the core of our journals publishing, and is only possible because of the contributions of reviewers. Their work normally goes unrecognised publicly and so we are delighted to have this opportunity to acknowledge their efforts. Working with Publons enables us to innovate with the options we give to our reviewers and we are excited to see what we can achieve together.

CEO of Publons Andrew Preston added: 

“We’re really excited to partner with an organisation with such a storied history in Cambridge University Press.  We’ve seen over the last year that giving credit to peer reviewers has a strong effect in improving the speed and quality of the peer review process, and we can’t wait to see those results with the participating Cambridge journals.  The partnership stands to benefit not only Cambridge’s peer reviewers, but all stakeholders that benefit from science advancing faster.” 

More information on the partnership and a full list of the participating journals can be found at:


About Publons:  Publons was founded in 2013 and is now based in London, UK, and Wellington, New Zealand.  The company’s mission is to speed up science by making peer review faster, more efficient, and more effective.  There are 45,000 peer reviewers getting credit for 180,000 reviews performed for 12,000 academic journals on the Publons platform.  Publons also partners with Wiley, SAGE, American Society for Microbiology, PeerJ, eLife, and GigaScience. 

About Cambridge University Press: 

Cambridge University Press is part of the University of Cambridge. It furthers the University’s mission by disseminating knowledge in the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence.

Its extensive peer-reviewed publishing lists comprises 50,000 titles covering academic research, professional development, over 350 research journals, school-level education, English language teaching and bible publishing.

Playing a leading role in today’s international market place, Cambridge University Press has more than 50 offices around the globe, and it distributes its products to nearly every country in the world.

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