User Guide
Your First Steps empowers you to manage and track the peer review, dissemination & reuse of your scholarly communications. Always contact us for support & suggestions

1. Warming up

  • Open an account for free.
  • Visit ‘Your Page’ to import the metadata of your existing publications from the Web.
  • Visit your ‘Reputation Dashboard’ to manage your settings and complete your profile.

2. Curating the peer review of your scholarly communications

  • Log in and upload a PDF file, embed a video, a sound file or any link to a presentation, slideshow...
  • During upload, decide whether what you’re sharing is public or private.
  • If private, share your item by email using the built-in mailer (or your usual email application).
  • If public, post it to your blog, Twitter, Mendeley, +1, CiteUlike and more, using built-in buttons.
  • Also post your article’s link anywhere on the Web, including your academic page.
  • Thanks to Peerev®, all these remote posts will allow you to aggregate feedback in one same place.

3. About Peerev®, Google Scholar & crowd sourced peer review

  • PDFs you upload to Peer Evaluation are enhanced with Peerev®, an embedded widget that allows your readers to engage with you informally (comments, discussions), or through a structured peer reviewing interface.
  • PDFs encapsulating Peerev® are the ones you should be sharing on the Web (to aggregate reviews from the online communities you’ve reached out to).
  • PDFs you upload to Peer Evaluation are indexed by Google Scholar.
  • Google Scholar’s short description mentions that your article is up for peer review.
  • Peer Evaluation is in the process of supporting indexation by Microsoft Academic Search.

4. Crowd sourced dissemination

  • All steps described above will allow you to kick start the social dissemination of your articles.
  • Availability of your communications at Google Scholar & Microsoft Academic Search is key.
  • Peer Evaluation allows extensive social sharing by all readers visiting your page.
  • Sharing on Mendeley is supported and recommended for greater dissemination.

5. Tracking the footprint of your contributions across the Web

  • Your Peer Evaluation library embeds Total Impact which pushes to your account the diverse online impacts of your ‘research products’ including articles, datasets, software, and grey literature. Total Impact tracks these products' footprints across Mendeley, PubMed, Dryad, CiteUlike, Plos, Twitter, Research Blogs, Wikipedia, Slideshare, Sourceforge, Github and a growing host of non-traditional dissemination channels. More on Total Impact at
  • Regularly check Total Impact’s (alt)metrics to find out where your dissemination efforts are yielding results and if your scholarly communications require your attention.

6. Peer to Peer endorsements and transfer of reputation

  • An important social feature in Peer Evaluation is the ‘I trust this peer’ button, available on all profile pages. Trust relations are equally valuable to your readers, funders and employers. This ‘trust’ feature has more value than a standard ‘Like’ button, since Peer Evaluation displays the names, professions and affiliations of your endorsers.

7. Basic social features

  • Peer Evaluation allows following, instant messaging and invitations (to conferences, to collaborations).
  • You can be alerted by email when you are followed, peer reviewed, trusted or invited. You can anage those settings in your ‘Reputation Dashboard’.
  • When full texts of articles aren’t available, you can easily request them from your peers, and vice-versa. A button to do that is available on each ‘Reading Page’.

8. Privacy

  • Peer Evaluation’s privacy policy is available here.