Publons Reviewer Recognition Service

In an effort to better serve—and incentivize—our reviewers, ACM has partnered with the Publons Reviewer Recognition Service, which allows reviewers to create a profile and to track, verify and promote their efforts for our publications. Publons—operating on over 5,000 scholarly journals—is owned by Clarivate Analytics and offers a verified record of a reviewer’s editorial activity for a publication that can be used for CVs, profiles, tenure packages, etc.

Publons is an opt-in service and does not compromise the anonymous or double-anonymous review process. Only the journal name for each review is associated with the reviewer's profile, enough for a reviewer to get verified recognition for his or her work but not revealing any confidential details. Furthermore, there is typically a natural delay between the time a reviewer submits a review (and opts in for Publons recognition) and when the authors get the reviewer's feedback (which is the delay between the time it takes for all reviews to be completed and then for the editor to make a decision). This delay further impedes reviewer identification.

Publons has been implemented in the ScholarOne submission sites, and we will work on implementing it in Editorial Manager.  At the top of the reviewer form within the submission system, the first question presented is whether the reviewer would like to participate, with a link to getting started.

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