Today I was submitting a review of a manuscript to a British scientific journal. This is a routine part of any scientist’s job. Participating in the peer review system is probably the most important community activity that keeps science working. Peer review is the best part of the scientific process.
I went to the journal’s website to submit my review as always. What startled and exacerbated me, and what sparked this post, was the first question I was asked at the submission website. The journal wanted to know if I wanted my reviewing activity to be noted for all the world to see on Publons.