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Cambridge University Press has created a guide to Publons to explain what it is and benefits of using it as a reviewer. Below is some information from within, but please click the cover image to view the full guide

Peer review is a fundamental part of scholarly publishing. Peer reviewers provide the specialist commentary that guides our editorial decisions, and helps academic authors to raise the quality of their work. In recent years, the academic community has increasingly discussed ways in which these major contributions to the academic corpus can be recognised. 

Cambridge has partnered with Publons, an online system which allows reviewers to track, verify and showcase their peer review activities, creating an online record of contributions in this area.

A guide to publons

What does this mean?

When you submit a review to a partner journal, you will be given the option to get recognition for your review on Publons. You will be directed to Publons to create a profile to which your review is added, and can elect to have all future reviews performed for the journal automatically added to your profile.

What are the benefits?

Publons provides a free way for you to track, verify and showcase your peer review activities, creating an online record of your contributions in this area. This can be used as evidence of your disciplinary expertise in job applications, performance evaluations and funding applications. By partnering with Publons, Cambridge is providing a quick and easy way of linking the reviews you do for us to your Publons profile, ensuring that you are able to receive recognition for your work in this area. 

To start using Publons as a Cambridge reviewer, go to