Certification of Peer Review activity

 

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Certification of Peer Review activity

Up until now, the work of peer reviewer has not been recognized and certificated in a standardized way.

Given that the majority of Journals do not provide for any kind of recognition of peer reviewers, some others publish at the end of each year a list of scientists who had contributed in the manuscript revision process, while some others send, upon request, a certificate of the work done. However, also in these cases, there is no possibility to estimate the amount of contribution of each scientist, therefore, a scientist who performed 10 peer reviews and a scientist who performed only one of them, would appear in the same way.

Today, it is really hard to keep track of the reviews performed, and scientists generally add into their CV a vague sentence stating that they are reviewers for a number of Journals; this declaration is almost void, as it cannot be verified and, as said, does not give an idea of the amount of work spent.

In our system, each review performed is validated by the Editorial Offices of Journals, and added in a certificate, automatically generated form our members’ account, reporting, for each year, the number of reviews performed for each Journal.

The certification process is very simple and straightforward, as, once a member add a claim of a peer review through his/her personal account on ReviewerCredits.com, our system send an email to the Editorial Office reporting the name of the reviewer, the ID of the manuscript reviewed and the date the review has been performed. The Editorial staff can confirm (or deny, in case of fraudulent request) the scientist’s claim by clicking on a link at the bottom of the email.

In order to facilitate the verification process, Journals with an account on our website can access all the pending requests directly from their account, and they can approve them directly from there. Moreover, we are planning the release of APIs that will allow the direct transfer of the peer reviews from the account of the Journals to the RC members’ personal account once the peer reviews is completed and submitted.

Below is a sample of the certificate reporting all verified peer reviews of a member; anonymity of the review process is maintained as neither the title nor the authors of manuscritps are requested in filling the claim.

 

ReviewerCredits certificate of Peer Review Activity

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