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Springer Nature Uses Peer Review to Give Back

Springer’s Environmental Earth Sciences journal partnered with the humanitarian organization Filter of Hope to bring people in developing countries access to safe drinking water. When a peer reviewer completes a project for the journal, Springer Nature makes a donation to Filter of Hope. (The reviewer can choose to be acknowledged in a special year-end edition of the journal.) This collaboration, which started in early 2017, has resulted in nearly 600 water filters going to communities in Liberia, Nicaragua, Haiti, Honduras, Russia, Cuba, and India.

“Every review counts! This is the message we wanted to send when we began this initiative,” says Annett Buettner, a senior editor at Springer. “Our reviewers are fundamental to ensuring the scientific integrity and accuracy of our publications. Numerous surveys and market research have shown that monetary incentives for reviewers are not wanted. So this scheme allows us to acknowledge our reviewers with a small gesture, while at the same time having an impact on families in developing countries, who through the household water filters have access to clean drinking water. I hope other journals may consider this partnership model.”

For more information, read the press release.

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