Annual Meeting Report

New Innovations in Peer Review

MODERATOR: Brit Stamey Client Manager, Senior Copy Editor J&J Editorial Cary, North Carolina SPEAKERS: Christina Nelson Editorial Operations Manager The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc. Needham, Massachusetts Trish Groves Director of Academic Outreach, BMJ Editor in Chief, BMJ Open London, United Kingdom Tim Houle Chief Scientist StatReviewer Boston, Massachusetts REPORTER: Brit Stamey Peer-review innovations can range from utilizing cutting-edge advances in technology to making editorial changes to help streamline existing processes. This year’s session on New Innovations in Peer Review presented 3 different perspectives that showed the spectrum of innovation. Christina Nelson began the session with an introduction to recent changes that The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (JBJS) has made to improve their overall peer-review process. In particular, they have revised both their workflow and some of their system interfaces to shorten and streamline peer review. Some of the processes Nelson outlined were using weekly automated editor reminder emails, weekly editor queue statistics emails, and monthly emails detailing editor acceptance rates and transfer rates. For peer reviewers and authors, they have shortened the deadlines they are given for reviews and revisions, respectively. They have also added manuscript Xtract in Editorial Manager, which can pull the title, author names, affiliations, and abstract from a designated file (a title page in the case of JBJS to maintain double-blind review) and enter them into the submission form (Figure 1). This provides a cleaner interface, reduces manual data entry, and creates a more intuitive experience. JBJS is still in the […]

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