We monitor external data feeds (Crossref for example) for new publications and cross-reference that with our own records.
When a manuscript is published, the publisher will have a DOI minted by a DOI provider. These records are indexed online in a searchable way. Publons periodically searched these online indexes and looks for a matching manuscript title (this is called a reverse DOI look up). When we find a match, we know that a manuscript has been published and we record the DOI. We then match this DOI to the relevant review on the Publons website.
- publish reviews (for those journals that elect to have an open review policy); and
- update the reviewer about the publication of the manuscript by sending them a post publication reviewer engagement email. Publishers - please see more information about what this is here.
Because the titles of manuscripts can change during the publication process, we sometimes miss that a manuscript has been published. We are considering accepting data feeds directly from publishers to catch even more publication events.