Altmetric Blog

A Tour of the "Peer Reviews" Tab

Jean Liu, 9th April 2014

PubPeer on AltmetricIf you’ve browsed through the Altmetric data recently, you might have noticed a silver stripe in many of our donuts. The new silver stripe represents a brand new source of online academic attention: open peer review platforms.

Following from an earlier announcement about our partnership with Publons, we recently launched a new “peer reviews” tab on our article details pages. The peer reviews tab displays attention data that we are receiving from two of the major peer review platforms, Publons and PubPeer.

Open peer review platforms are exciting because they provide common locations for all researchers to discuss and comment on papers, either anonymously or using one’s real name. The detailed conversations (which are often very technical and sometimes even involve the article authors) make peer review websites a fantastic source of scholarly attention, especially as online peer reviewer communities continue to expand. Additionally, since Altmetric’s other sources often tend to blend public and scholarly attention together, the peer reviews tab provides a clearer look into the academic chatter that surrounds a paper.

Although we’ve grouped the two sites into the same peer reviews tab on the details pages, it’s important to note that both platforms have different features which set them apart from each other. For instance, Publons tends to host standalone reviews and incorporates its own scoring system for article quality and significance. Examples of articles that have been reviewed on Publons can be found here and here.

On the other hand, PubPeer is used like an online journal club, where the reviews typically consist of short comments that are organised into discussion threads. (This isn’t always the case though; some people do sometimes choose to write long reviews into a single comment.) An example of an article that has been the topic of a fairly active conversation on PubPeer can be found here (also read the full PubPeer comments).

At the moment, the vast majority of papers that are being discussed on Publons and PubPeer tend to be science-related. Of the 20 most discussed papers in the past week, 18 were life sciences papers and the remaining 2 were from the physical sciences. (This paper topped the list.) Over the coming months, it’ll be interesting to see how the open peer review services grow, and if other disciplines will also start to adopt the platforms.

14 Responses to “A Tour of the "Peer Reviews" Tab”

Altmetric (@altmetric)
April 9, 2014 at 12:00 am

Did you know that Altmetric tracks the peer review sites @Publons & @PubPeer? Take a tour of our "peer reviews" tab: http://t.co/8UNXsApflD

@Impactstory
April 9, 2014 at 12:00 am

Post-publication peer-review is more than @F1000 and blogs--check out @altmetric's coverage of @Publons & @PubPeer http://t.co/nIzcoheGjO

Mara Daltabuit (@AJEEdIberoAm)
April 9, 2014 at 12:00 am

Altmetric: Ahora ofrece información de Pubpeer y Publons http://t.co/6oJZSHlEVj #AJEenTuCiudad #GivingResearchAVoice

@MMMarksman
April 10, 2014 at 12:00 am

Nice to see open #peerreview claim the the silver stripe on the @altmetric donut: a welcomed flavour! http://t.co/0evInsEYj3

@dvlpmntduncs
April 10, 2014 at 12:00 am

Nice explanatory blog piece on the excellent @altmetric Peer Reviews Tab incorporating @publons and @pubpeer details http://t.co/82rACaDtRM

Lou Woodley (@LouWoodley)
April 10, 2014 at 12:00 am

New "peer reviews" tab on @altmetric for papers that uses data from Publons and PubPeer peer review platforms http://t.co/eAbpAF1OkV

Keita Bando (@KeitaBando)
April 11, 2014 at 12:00 am

The new silver stripe represents a brand new source of online academic attention: open peer review platforms. http://t.co/hJQgPm3nQm

[…] data sources include post-publication peer review sites Publons and PubPeer, and microblogging site Weibo Sina (the “Chinese Twitter”). Since we get data from Altmetric, […]

@chiare81
May 6, 2014 at 12:00 am

A Tour of the “Peer Reviews” Tab - http://t.co/5hkjYCpMhr

[…] peer reviews from Publons and PubPeer are included in Altmetric.com notification emails, and will be included in Impactstory emails in the near future. Instructions for signing up for […]

[…] new developers join the team and while we’ve been improving our infrastructure to cope with more sources and an ever increasing volume of mentions, we’ve had very different challenges […]

[…] peer reviews from Publons and PubPeer are included in Altmetric.com notification emails, and will be included in Impactstory emails in the near future. Instructions for signing up for […]

Impactstory (@Impactstory)
October 3, 2014 at 12:00 am

@david_colquhoun @S_J_Lancaster @ChemConnector good thing Altmetric tabulates Pubpeer reviews, then ;) http://t.co/6nFdJE2d3H

[…] be tracked via Altmetric.com alerts. Post-publication peer reviews from Publons and PubPeer are included in Altmetric.com reports and notification emails. Instructions for signing up for Altmetric.com notifications can be found […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *