Recently several different, unrelated publishers suggested on their websites to join Publons, which is meant to acknowledge referees for peer-reviewing submitted manuscripts.
Publons even suggests to forward them emails to add all your past review work:
We've set up a process to make populating your review record as easy as possible: Search your inbox for "thank you review manuscript" Forward those emails to firstname.lastname@example.org We'll verify and add your reviews to your profile (without showing their content or the title of the manuscripts)
This all sounds very iffy and hence my questions:
- Given their suggestion to forward [confidential] emailexchanges between journal and reviewer, is Publons a scientifically ethically sound initiative?
- Not a hoax?
- If it's ethically OK and not a hoax, what will it yield scientists in the long run, other than a verified referee record? Isn't reviewing expected from every researcher?
Related question on academia SE: Is it worth creating a profile with Publons?