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Support for reviewers

Why review for UR Forum?

The support and expertise of peer reviewers underpin science.

By reviewing, you are

Contributing to the quality and advancement of science.

Reciprocating the benefits received when others review your papers.

Assisting with your own research, professional development, and profile.

Our Editors choose reviewers from a large and diverse pool of researchers based on relevant expertise. If you are invited to review for one of our journals and believe you are qualified to do so, please try to say 'yes.' We will give you full support and recognition (if you want it).

Recognition for reviewers

Reviewers are the backbone of the publishing process. Peer review ensures that research is reliable and trustworthy. URF appreciates reviewers for their critical role in the research process and wishes to encourage high standards of review; here are some of the rewards we provide to our reviewers.

We are of the growing opinion that evaluating researchers should not be limited to the Impact Factor of the journal in which they publish. We believe that evaluation should be based on a diverse set of research outputs, including peer review activity. As a result, we will make it simple for you to be recognised for your review work with us by providing.

Recognition through UR Forum Publishers

UR Forum collects, verifies, and displays peer review contributions that can be used in promotion and grant applications. Even if the reviews are anonymous and the manuscript is never published, the reviewer receives credit.

Option to sign published reports

Some of our journals provide transparency by including peer review information (reviewer reports, decision letters, and responses) with published articles. Reviewing in these journals is anonymous by default, but reviewers can sign their names to be recognised.


A co-reviewer is a researcher who reviews a manuscript alongside a more senior (invited) reviewer, often early in their career. The senior reviewer can acknowledge the co-reviewer via the UR Forum and where we publish peer review reports by including their name (provided consent has been given).

APC discounts

If they submit an article as a corresponding author within a year of submitting their review, reviewers on our fully open access journals receive a 20% discount on OA charges. For each completed review, a reviewer reward credit will be awarded. We see this as one way to recognise reviewers' contributions to the peer-review process.

To claim your discount, please contact the Editorial Office of the journal for which you submitted a review. We will verify your eligibility and provide you with a discounted link to use at the payment stage prior to the publication of your own article.

Reviewer certificates

URF provides certificates for completed reviews upon request. Please contact the Editorial Office of the journal for which you submitted the review. We will check your review and send you your certificate once it has been verified.

Annual list of reviewers

Once a year, all URF journals' reviewers are publicly listed in our annual list of reviewers, where we thank you for your contribution to the quality of research literature.

Terms and conditions for reviewer rewards

The Publisher reserves the right to award rewards if you do not submit a timely and detailed report for the article you reviewed.

Unless otherwise specified on a journal's 'Publication Charges' information page, you can only use one reviewer reward per article.

You can only use the reward for submitting an article to the journal for which you reviewed it.

You have up to 12 months from the date your report was acknowledged to use your reviewer reward.

The reward can only be used to pay for an article's open access article publication fee.

Your reviewer incentive can only be applied to articles in which you are listed as an author (you do not have to be the corresponding or first-named author).

Your reviewer incentive can only be applied to papers that have been accepted after you have completed your review.

There is no cash equivalent available.

The reviewer incentive cannot be combined with other discounts, such as institutional membership schemes.