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Reviewer feedback program

Reviewer Workshops


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The Feedback Programme monitors Elsevier's performance from the perspective of reviewers on Elsevier journals. We'll ask you about various aspects of Elsevier Editorial System and other aspects of reviewing via an online survey. Areas of interaction and support are measured and reported regularly. Elsevier's performance is bench-marked against that of other publishers.

Using reviewers' feedback
Elsevier takes reviewers' opinions seriously and the results and comments from this program are feed back into the company to help improve the reviewing process in terms of technology, sharing of information with reviewers, pre-screening of papers to make sure they are appropriate and of at least a minimum standard of English and minimizing the administrative work reviewers are faced with so they can focus on the task of reviewing.

Example: 90% of reviewers said they would like to be able to see the final decision and other reviewers' comments on a paper, so we added this functionality to Elsevier Editorial System. Editors are now able to switch on this functionality should they choose to do so.

Reviewer workshops

Reviewer Workshops are held during a conference and presented in part by an Elsevier representative, and in part by a journal editor. They generally take two hours.



 Reviewer workshops


Topics covered

  • The importance of the reviewer in the publishing process
  • Fundamentals of reviewing
  • EES & the reviewer
  • Reviewing a scientific paper.

Online workshops are also covered by our Publishing Connect webcasts. Check out the 'How to review a manuscript' series

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Reviewer recognition

Recognizing reviewers

Reviewers are important to us; Elsevier’s Reviewer Recognition Program aims to engage reviewers and reward them for the work they do. The Program features several projects and experiments.

All reviewers are entitled to:

Reviewer Recognition Platform

Reviewers find reviewing an important and rewarding activity, but the work is almost invisible to the outside world, and hardly ever rewarded. The Reviewer Recognition Platform is designed to change that.
The Platform offers reviewers a personalized profile page, documenting their reviewing history. If a reviewer has completed at least one review in two years, they become a ‘Recognized Reviewer’. ‘Outstanding Reviewer’ status is awarded to those who belong to the top 10th percentile in terms of the number of completed reviews for a specific journal in two years. Editors can also hand pick reviewers and award them with a ‘Certificate of Excellence’ and other perks.
Reviewers can download review certificates, end of year review reports and electronic badges via the Platform. Reviewers can also volunteer to review for their favorite Elsevier journals.
The Platform offers discounts for several Elsevier services, including Elsevier’s WebShop, which offers professional English language editing, Translation and Illustration services for researchers preparing their articles, and the Elsevier Book Store.


Peer Review reports as articles
The Publishing Peer Review Reports pilot publicly recognizes reviewers’ intellectual contribution to accepted articles through the official publication of their reports. Review reports are attributed a separate DOI and are published next to the accepted paper on Science Direct. Participating journals include:

  • Agriculture and Forest Meteorology
  • Annals of Medicine and Surgery
  • Engineering Fracture Mechanics
  • Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies
  • International Journal of Surgery

Cross-Reviewing (CR) is a new innovation that allows reviewers to see each other’s reports once all reports have been submitted. It provides reviewers with a short window of time in which to discuss the reports. During this time, they are given the opportunity to provide additional information or make further recommendations to the editor based on this discussion, before they make a final decision.

Reviewer toolkit

Reviewer training and workshops
Online support
Further resources and useful presentations

Reviewer Training and workshops

In the "How to Review a Manuscript" series by Publishing Connect, we talk about the peer review process, how to review a manuscript and what criteria a reviewer uses. Each webcast lasts up to 13 minutes.

To hear more about the current peer review landscape and the opinion of researchers on peer review, watch our latest webinar by Adrian Mulligan, Research Director at Elsevier and Dr Joris van Rossum Director Publishing Innovation at Elsevier.

Reviewer Workshops

Publishing Connect also organizes Reviewer Workshops held during a conferences or at institutes and presented in part by an Elsevier representative, and in part by a journal editor. They generally take two hours.

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  • The importance of the reviewer in the publishing process
  • Fundamentals of reviewing
  • EES & the reviewer
  • Reviewing a scientific paper

On our site for Early Career Resources you can find more information on Elsevier Training and workshops and also who to contact if you are interested to organize one at your institute. 



Online Support

Elsevier Editorial System

The Elsevier Editorial System (EES) is an online system to help authors, editors and reviewers throughout the submission, peer review and editorial process. An enhanced EES user self-help site contains FAQs, tutorials, hints, tips and a new Live Chat feature for instant help. The site can be accessed through the "Help" link on your journal's EES page or at Support Home

ScienceDirect and Scopus in EES
Every time you review a paper for an Elsevier journal, you are entitled to 30 days' access to ScienceDirect and Scopus. With this, you can find related articles, references, papers by the same author, and more, all from the search bar located directly in EES.

Scopus can help you:
* Investigate a new topic
* Look for a particular article
* Keep up-to-date with the publications of a particular writer
* Request an e-mail notification when a paper is cited
* Find out what is published in a particular field of study
* Create a citation overview for an author
* Review an author's work

Reference linking:
For Elsevier reviewers, reference linking reduces the amount of time you spend searching and checking references and citations, by providing seamless click-through access to abstracts of referenced articles in papers you review via EES.

Hyperlinks to the abstracts of referenced articles are listed after each reference, enabling you to check the reference directly. By clicking on the link, you will automatically see the abstract and the full text in ScienceDirect.


Further Resources


New! Charting a course for a successful research career – 2nd Edition. Written by 30-year research veteran Prof. Alan Johnson, the free mentoring booklet provides a detailed map of the important milestones a researcher should reach along the path to a successful research career. If you know of friends who could benefit from it, please share a copy with them today.



RIP_static_150The Reviewers' Information Pack provides practical information for the new and experienced Reviewers who review for Elsevier journals. Included in this pack are resources to help you expedite the process of reviewing papers. Elsevier publishing policy and procedures, and advice from other Reviewers and Editors.




When reviewing scientific, technical and medical (STM) articles, you may desire additional information or resources. Get free access to our Reviewer Research tools



Useful presentations
On the peer review process (ppt)
Guidelines for reviewing for medical journals (ppt)

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Why review?

Reviewers play an essential part in science and in scholarly publishing. For more than 300 years, scientists and scholars have relied upon peer review to validate research, engage other specialists in the support of submitted work, and increase networking possibilities within specific specialist communities.

Although in recent years the peer review process has attracted some criticism, it remains the only widely accepted method for research validation and a cornerstone of the scientific publishing process.Reviewing

Elsevier, like most scientific publishing companies, relies on effective peer review processes to uphold not only the quality and validity of individual articles, but also the overall integrity of the journals we publish.

By assessing the quality and validity of another author's work, within the same area of expertise, reviewers:

  • Uphold the integrity of the journal by identifying invalid research, as well as helping to maintain the quality standards of the journal
  • Fulfill a sense of duty to the scientific community and their own area of concentration
  • Establish relationships with reputable journals and may also increase their opportunities to be invited to join an Editorial Board
    Reciprocate the same courtesy shown to them when other reviewers review their own authored works
  • Establish their expertise in and knowledge of the field
  • Increase their reputation and exposure in the field
  • Stay up to date and "in the loop" with respect to their discipline's literature
  • Have access to the very latest research and discoveries in the field prior to colleagues
  • Learn about their discipline as well as exercise the critical thinking skills essential to the practice of science.

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Getting started

How to become a reviewer?
Locate the journal you need to review for
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Reviewer Guidelines

How to become a reviewer?

It's not really a question of becoming a reviewer. Most people are invited by the Editor of a journal to conduct a review. An Editor may approach you because you are a specialist in a certain field or research topic.

Still, to be a good reviewer requires a certain skillset. Watch our "How to Review a Manuscript" webcast series to see what it takes. If you think you would be a good reviewer for a specific journal you can always contact the journal's Editor.

Locate the journal you need to review for

You are notified by e-mail when an Editor or Editorial Office invites you to review a submission for a journal. Once you have agreed to review, an email with further instructions will be sent to you. These emails contain the journal title as well as a weblink to the journal's Elsevier Editorial System (EES) site. Click the weblink to access the EES login page.

If you have deleted or do not have access to the review invitation email, click here for details on how to locate the journal's EES site.

If you do not remember for which journal you have been invited to review, please contact Customer Support with your name and e-mail address.

Forgotten your username and password to review a paper

Normally you enter your username and password to log in to EES to review a paper by clicking on the login link on your journal's EES homepage. If you have forgotten your login details, go to theforgotten username/password linkon your journal's homepage. For more information please visit our

Support site.