Frequently Asked Questions for peer reviewers and journals



Performing peer reviews is a great service for the academic community and is crucial for the advancement of science.
It is properly perceived as a moral duty, because it is the only way “good science” is recognised and published. However, an accurate and thoughtful peer review is a demanding job. It requires time and competence, other than honesty and passion.

What is ReviewerCredits?

Peer reviewing is a very demanding, effort driven and time consuming undertaking. It requires great professionalism, but it is often under recognized. For all those reasons, we are launching a revolutionary platform: This is where the hard work of peer-review will be finally, rewarded! Two friends, MDs, professors and researchers created They personally realized something needed to be done to facilitate the review process. Reviewercredits is completely free and completely independent from publishers. You can earn redeemable credits for the reviews performed and accumulate a Reviewer Index. This Index reflects your activity as a reviewer, hence, your contribution for the advancement of science. It can be used in your resume or for grants request. Reviewers from all fields are welcome to join the platform!

Why Should I Join ReviewerCredits?

External and independent peer-review of scientific articles is crucial to ensure the scientific validity of papers. Peer reviewing is a very demanding, effort driven and time consuming undertaking, but it is often under recognized. Join our cultural change at This is where you can finally get rewarded for your hard work. You can earn a Reviewer Index and redeemable credits.

What is Reviewer Index?

We have decided to create our own metric to appraise and measure the work of reviewer. Every time you perform a review, upon verification with the journal, you will receive an academic point to create your Reviewer Index. The higher the Index, the more important is your activity as a reviewer. This Index can be used to demonstrate your involvement as a reviewer in the research community. You can also add into your resume the details of all the reviews you performed by retrieving the full file from your profile.

How do I earn credits?

After completing the review of a paper, you can log onto our website and claim credits. Please be assured that no scientific information concerning the paper will be disclosed on the website and remains completely private. After receiving a claim, we validate with the journal’s editor that the review actually took place. Upon confirmation, you will receive a number of credits in your profile. The verification process is key to create a Reviewer Index that is certified and reliable and credits are earned and merited.

What can I do with my credits?

In your profile, you can get a certificate with all the reviews you performed. You can use this certificate to demonstrate your activity as reviewer in your resume. Furthermore, we are developing the redeemable aspect of credits. We are planning on offering free subscriptions to journals, discount for publication fees, conference subscriptions. Keep on accumulating credits because we are working on great developments and future plans for you!

What is the difference between "Reviewer points" or "Reviewer Index" and "Credits"?

The "Review points" are earned exclusively to increase your Reviewer Index. For each review performed, you earn a point. The Reviewer Index is an indicator of your activity as a reviewer. A higher Reviewer Index reflects a higher involvement in the review activity. It has a lot of value academically and for your resume.
On the hand, "Review credits" can be earned in several ways and can be redeemed:

  1. Every time you perform a review, you can earn credits;
  2. You can earn additional credits by inviting colleagues to subscribe through our portal;
  3. If a journal is subscribed on our website, you earn double the credits for any review performed for that journal.
What is a "reviewew claim"? Why do you have to contact the journal?

A review claim is simply the form you have to fill every time you perform a review to increase your Reviewer Index and get your credits. A quick verification is performed with the journal’s editor in the form of an email to verify that the review was actually performed. This step is essential to have a certified and reliable Reviewer Index.

Where can I find the email address of the editorial office?

A few tips for being sure you are indicating the right editorial office email address:

  1. Open the email the Journal sent you for the request of peer review;
  2. Hit the "Reply" button;
  3. Copy the address that appears in the address bar;
  4. Paste the address in the "Editorial office email" field;
  5. Discard the draft.
Which info are you going to share with the journal?

To verify that the peer review was effectively performed, according to the claim, you will be asked to provide the name of the journal, the date in which the review was performed and one “manuscript ID”. The journal editorial office will be contacted to verify that this information is correct.

Which information will be made public on the website?

You can choose between a public and a private profile. If you choose a "public profile", your account will show your Reviewer Index and the total number of credits. If you choose a "private profile", no information will be made public, neither for the Reviewer Index, nor for the number of credits.

It is important to note that absolutely no information concerning the single peer review will ever be disclosed and remains completely private.

What is the timeframe to claim credits for reviews I have performed?

At this stage, only the reviews performed in the last 12 months van be certified through our website.

Can I claim credits for reviews I have performed before signing up with ReviewerCredits?

You can claim reviews performed in the last twelve months, even before your subscription to reviewercredits.

What is the difference between reviewercredits and other websites rewarding peer review?

Reviewercredits attributes Indexs and credits only after receiving a confirmation from the editor. Hence the Indexs and credits are certified.

Is there any fee to join ReviewerCredits?

Creating a profile on reviewercredits is absolutely FREE.

Why does my claim's status remain as "requested"?

"Requested" means that we have contacted the journal's editor to request a confirmation for your review but have not gotten a response yet. If this happens, we always encourage you to contact the editor directly and request approval of your claim.

How long does it take to have a claim confirmed?

We usually process every claim within 24 hours.

This means that we first verify that the claim has been completed correctly and we control the email address. We then send an email to the journal asking for a confirmation. At this stage, the status of the claim in your profile will change from "Pending" to "Requested".

The journals simply need to clink on a link in the email they received to validate the confirmation process. The responses from the Journals are actually very variable. Some journals reply within 48 hours, others take longer. We send reminders about once a week. We encourage reviewers to contact directly Journals that have not confirmed the claim after 1 month.

Who funds ReviewerCredits?

ReviewerCredits does not receive any external funds yet. Its developers solely support it.

Can your credits be converted into Continuous Medical Education (CME)?

No, ReviewerCredits credits cannot be converted to CME credits. We are currently working on alliances to develop the possibility of converting credits to CME credits.

Why don't you request/accept "thank you" emails as a proof?
I would like to claim a review for a journal which is not present in your database. What should I do?

Our database includes all the journals indexed in "Scopus" and/or with a profile on our website.
We suggest you to contact the editorial team of this journal and encourage them to open a profile on ReviewerCredits. In this way you will be able to fill claims also for this journal.

Why are we receiving emails from your website?

The emails are generated from our website once one of our reviewers fills a claim to declare he/she completed a peer review for your journal. The purpose of the email is to verify that the peer review was actually performed.

Where do you get the data concerning the peer reviews performed for our journal?

The information is actually provided directly from the reviewers who fill a claim on our website to increase their Reviewer Index and get redeemable credits through our platform.

Is the information concerning the peer reviews made public?

No, the information is solely used to verify the claims of peer reviewers and is not made public on the website nor shared with third parties.

What are the advantages of creating a "journal profile" on our website?

Having a profile on our website will increase your visibility as a journal. Moreover your reviewers will receive double the credits for each reviews performed.

We want to recognize the hard work of reviewers to engage more researchers into the reviewing activity and ease the review process and publication.
Finally, creating a profile is free of charge.

Can your credits be converted into Continuous Medical Education (CME)?

No, ReviewerCredits credits cannot be converted to CME credits. We are currently working on alliances to develop the possibility of converting credits to CME credits.

Is there a fee to open a profile on ReviewerCredits?

No, opening a profile on ReviewerCredits is free of charge. Journals with an account will give the possibility for peer reviewers to earn double the credits for the reviews performed for your journal. Finally, you will have a personalized page for your journal.

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