Publons allows you to add reviews performed for journals or conferences to a public profile (with the privacy settings you choose) and have them verified to be used in promotion and funding applications.


There are four simple ways to populate your review record on Publons: 


1. Add reviews performed for partnered journals

Reviews performed for partnered journals can be instantly added to your profile as you do them. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Check the box on the review submission form asking if you want to add a record of the review to Publons*
  2. Follow the link in the confirmation email we send you
  3. Done - the review record will be added to your profile subject to the journal's privacy policy.


We send you a confirmation email on purpose to make sure we never collect review records from people who accidentally checked the box in the review submission form.


If you don't like the two-step process, you can turn on the 'Automatically add reviews from partnered journals" setting in your profile settings. With this setting enabled, you simply need to check the box in the review submission form and you're done!


* This option appears in the peer-review submission system the journal uses, such as ScholarOne or Editorial Manager.


2. Send review receipts to reviews@publons.com

If you've reviewed for journals that are not yet partnered with Publons, you can still add verified records of those reviews to your profile.

  1. Search your inbox for any “Thank you for reviewing” emails that journal editors have sent you.
  2. Forward those emails to reviews@publons.com.
  3. Done!

Publons verifies these emails with the journal and adds the record to your profile (subject to the journal's privacy policy).

You can speed things up by adding the review using the form on your Private Dashboard first, and including the URL of the review in your email to reviews@publons.com.

To see exactly how to add reviews through reviews@publons.com, please watch the video below:





3. Enable auto-updates

Digging up old emails can take some time. So where we can, we’ll do the work for you! We work with our partners to look back at their review records for up to five years and update our users’ review history. Simply turn on the 'Automatically add reviews from partnered journals" setting in your profile settings and whenever we find a review, we'll add it to your profile and let you know. 


4. Add reviews through the forms on the site.

You’ll find the pre-publication review forms here. You can use these forms to add unverified pre-publication reviews which will appear on your profile with the privacy settings you specify.


Note that you are unable to create journal entries on Publons. If you would like to add a review for a journal not in our database through the forms on the site, please contact us with the journal title, URL and ISSN and any other relevant information and we'll add it for you.