2016 Webinar 3: Recognition for Peer Reviewers: Building a Culture of Credit

Held: September 20, 2016, 11:00 PM to 12:00 PM Eastern Time

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The publishing community is working toward more meaningful and innovative ways to give reviewers credit for the essential work they provide to scholarly publishing. In conjunction with Peer Review Week 2016, this Webinar will focus on some innovative approaches publishers are taking to acknowledge the contributions of their peer reviewer communities. These include working with individual journals to create a culture of peer reviewer recognition using targeted, journal-specific efforts, building systemic networks of recognition throughout a publisher community, or by integrating with organizations like Publons or ORCID that connect peer review activity to broader publication and research activity. Peer review is just one piece of the research continuum, and individuals that participate in this process should be recognized for their contributions!


  • Discuss the benefits of formal recognition of peer reviewers, both to the reviewers and the publications they support.
  • Discuss what journals can do to recognize their peer reviewers, including offering educational credits, forms of public recognition, reaching out to reviewers’ institutions to acknowledge their service, and providing resources to reviewers, among others.
  • Learn how publishers are integrating partnerships with Publons and ORCID into their peer review processes to leverage these organization’s capabilities to recognize and support peer reviewers.


Brittany Swett, Editorial Services Coordinator, J&J Editorial


Phil Hurst, Publisher, The Royal Society
Phil Hurst is Publisher at the Royal Society overseeing a portfolio of ten journals including the first journal dedicated to science, Philosophical Transactions, and two open access titles. He is responsible for product development and providing high quality publishing services. Phil has more than 20 years’ experience in the publishing industry, both for commercial publishers and learned societies. He is leading projects on peer reviewer incentives (through Publons) and open peer review.
Bahar Mehmani, PhD, Publishing Innovation Manager, Elsevier
Dr. Bahar Mehmani is the Reviewer Experience Lead in Global Publishing Development department at Elsevier. She is working several reviewer-related projects, all of which are designed to recognize reviewers’ contribution to the progress of science. She received her PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) in 2010. Before joining Elsevier, she was a postdoc researcher at Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL).

Mary Warner, CAE, Senior Director of Periodicals, American Pharmacists Association
Mary Warner is currently the Senior Director of Periodicals at the American Pharmacists Association. She is a former Assistant Director of the American Geophysical Union publications department. A chemist by training, she spent many years at the American Chemical Society as Director of Special Publications, with overall responsibility for four peer-reviewed journals and two magazines. Before joining AGU, she consulted with non-profit publishers as Content Services Group Leader at Cadmus Publisher Services, advising their staff on workflow improvement, schedule reduction, and the use of enhanced content through technology to meet their publishing objectives. She is the Chair of the Council of Science Editors Research Committee and a member of the Society for Scholarly Publishing Organizational Collaboration Committee.