Publons and American Society for Microbiology begin pilot

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Publons and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) have entered into a pilot partnership that will allow verified peer review recognition to peer reviewers of 12 participating ASM journals via the Publons platform.

Publons works with peer reviewers, academic publishers, and research institutions to make peer review a rewarding activity.  Established in 2013, the company collects information from peer reviewers and publishers to produce comprehensive reviewer profiles with publisher-verified peer review contributions that researchers can add to their resume without breaking reviewer anonymity.
'It is exciting to work with a prestigious organisation in ASM, 114 years our senior, to better acknowledge the enormous contributions made by peer reviewers,' said Andrew Preston, CEO at Publons. 'The aim of this partnership is not only to benefit ASM peer reviewers and authors by improving the speed and quality of the peer review process, but also to benefit the wider public by accelerating the rate of discover
y in the science of infectious diseases and other microbiological research.'
ASM journals provide coverage of both clinical and basic microbiology. With over 90 years of experience, these journals serve as an authoritative source in the field of microbial sciences.
'We’re grateful for the extraordinary volunteer efforts made by the microbiology research community in reviewing manuscripts submitted to ASM Journals,' said Barbara Goldman, director of the ASM Journals program. Each year, our editors-in-chief publish editorials in their journals acknowledging the contributions made by editorial board members and ad hoc reviewers. We’re pleased to participate in the Publons pilot since it expands the opportunities to give reviewers the credit they deserve for their contributions to the field.'
The 12 ASM journals participating in the pilot are:
Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Clinical Microbiology Reviews

Clinical and Vaccine Immunology
Eukaryotic Cell
Infection and Immunity
Journal of Bacteriology
Journal of Clinical Microbiology

Journal of Virology
Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews
Molecular and Cellular Biology