World’s top peer reviewer

Dr Tan displaying his certificates

Dr Garry Tan Wei Han from UTAR Faculty of Business and Finance (FBF) was recently named as one of the world’s top peer reviewers in 2019 for two categories, namely Cross-field and Social Sciences, by Publons (Web of Science Group).

He was among the top one per cent reviewers in both fields. The rankings were calculated by the number of verified pre-publication reviews performed and added to Publons between 1 September 2018 and 1 September 2019.

“It is a great feeling to contribute and share knowledge with the scientific community. At the same time, I am also grateful, and this certainly motivates me to continue to go on. The number of my reviews also allows the academic editors to decide whether to engage me as a reviewer as the award demonstrates confidence, and this certainly benefits me in terms of professional growth,” said Dr Tan.

He added, “Peer review is one of the steps in the academic publication process. You evaluate the individual articles based on the strengths and weaknesses, suggest recommendations to make it more complete, relevant, and readable. Based on your reviewer's report, the editor will decide whether the individual article is worthy of publication.”

Due to the fact that reviewing process takes up a large amount of time, discipline and handwork, Dr Tan advised that having passion for reading other’s work is important as well. He also highlighted for reviewers to constantly stay up to date on the required knowledge about a particular research area. As a reviewer, he also emphasised that one must also be mindful of the deadline.

Dr Tan has contributed over 274 reviews for 62 academic journals in Marketing, Tourism, Hospitality, and Information Systems indexed in Clarivate Analytics (SCI; SCIE; SSCI; AHI; ESCI) and Scopus as to date. Currently, he also serves as an Editorial Review Board member for Industrial Management and Data Systems (Emerald, Clarivate Analytics; SCIE), International Journal of Bank Marketing (Emerald; Clarivate Analytics; SSCI), Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies (Emerald; Clarivate Analytics; ESCI), Internet Research (Emerald; Clarivate Analytics; SCIE; SSCI) and Tourism Review (Emerald, SSCI). 

Read more about his previous achievements below:

Outstanding reviewer for Internet Research

Top Downloaded Article 2019

National Outstanding Reviewer Award (Mobile Commerce)  

Top Downloaded Article 2019 

Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing 2018  

Most Downloaded Article 2018 

Publons Peer Review Awards 2018 

Top Cited Author (2014-2018) 

Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing 2018  

Most Downloaded Article 2018  

National Outstanding Researcher Award (Mobile Commerce)  

Most Downloaded Article 2018  

Most Read Article 2018

Top Cited Author (2014-2017)  

UTAR Research Excellence Award 2017 

Publons Peer Review Awards 2017  

Most Read Papers 2017 

Most Cited Article 2017 and 2018   

Most Downloaded Article (2016) 

Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2016 - Outstanding Reviewer Award -  Industrial Management and  Data Systems (Clarivate Analytics; SCI)

Most Cited Article 2015

Emerald Literati Award - Highly Commended Paper Award, 2015  

Most Cited Article 2015

Science Direct Top 25 List of Most Downloaded Articles 

Most Downloaded Article 2014-2015 

Best Research Award

Young Service Researcher Award  

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