We've developed a comprehensive range of options to make sure you can track and verify all of your review efforts without ever infringing on journal policies, or compromising reviewer preferences for anonymity or openness.


We call these attributes your Review Display Preferences and split them into two categories:


1. Privacy

Your privacy setting determines how you are linked to the reviewed publication, its journal, and the publisher.

  • Do not show this review on my profile 
    This review will never be displayed publicly other than to you.

  • Show publisher only 
    Only display the year of review and publisher's name on your profile. You will never be publicly linked to the journal or publication.

  • Show journal 
    Only display the year of review and journal's name on your profile. You will never be publicly linked to the publication.

  • Show journal and article title 
    Display the month of review and a link to the publication on your profile. The publication will show you as a reviewer if you made the content of your review publicly available.


2. Content

Your content setting determines what review content is publicly displayed on Publons.

  • Hide review content 
    The content of your review will never be publicly displayed.

  • Publicly display review content 
    The content of your review will be publicly displayed and discoverable if you also signed the review.


When you sign up to Publons, your default review display preferences are configured as:

  • Privacy:
    Show journal
  • Content:
    Hide review content

You can change these default preferences from the Review settings page in your private dashboard.


No matter what privacy settings are in place, we never display information about the manuscript until the manuscript has been published. Typically this means we require a DOI or a URL for the manuscript before reviews can be signed or content made publicly available.