Rewarding reviewers

Reviewers’ work for scholarly journals or conferences is often unpaid and not valued or considered for job applications or promotions. An overview of USA and Canadian promotion and hiring requirements has recently been  published, while an upcoming project is planning to map promotion criteria across the globe). The following is a list of ways some institutions and publishers are working on rewarding their reviewers, while many journals often publish a yearly thank you report for their reviewers:


By direct connection from the submission system to ORCID, and per reviewer consent, journals can share their reviewer activities with ORCID so that it gets listed under the peer review section of academic records. For example, all SpringerNature journals and F1000 Research share peer review records on ORCID.


Publons database allows researchers to create and display a verified review profile. Reviews done for journals can be forwarded by researchers themselves to the database, or are automatically forwarded by the journals. It is worth noticing that Publons records are also shared with ORCID. For technical reasons though this has lead to multiplication of same records, which needs to be yet addressed by ORCID.


Review Credits is a spin off company of the University of Milan-Bicocca, which certifies and rewards the work of Peer Reviewers.

Reviewer Hub-Elsevier

Academics reviewing for any Elsevier journal automatically receive an update on their reviewer profile listing their peer review history and rewarding them with complimentary 30 days ScienceDirect and Scopus access as well as certificates and annual reports.