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BMC Medicine

, 14:29

First Online: 14 February 2016Received: 07 January 2016Accepted: 01 February 2016DOI: 10.1186-s12916-016-0578-6

Cite this article as: Stahel, P.F. & Moore, E.E. BMC Med 2016 14: 29. doi:10.1186-s12916-016-0578-6


Reviewing a surgical manuscript is not an easy task, and there is no formal training available for young referees in the early stage of their careers. Accepting a peer review assignment represents a personal honor for the invited referee and a fundamental ethical responsibility towards the scientific community. Designated reviewers must be accomplished and knowledgeable in the area of the respective topic of investigation. More importantly, they must be aware and cognizant about the cardinal ethical responsibility and stewardship for ensuring the preservation of scientific knowledge of unbiased and unquestionable accuracy in the published literature. Accepting a review assignment should never be taken lightly or considered a simple task, regardless of the reviewer’s level of seniority and expertise. Indeed, there are multiple challenges, difficulties, and ‘hidden dangers’ that jeopardize the completion of a high-quality review, particularly in the hands of less experienced or novice reviewers. The present article was designed to provide a brief, concise, and practical guide on how to review manuscripts for the ‘junior referee’ in the field of surgery.

KeywordsEvidence-based medicine Qualified referee Peer-review process Publication bias  Download fulltext PDF

Author: Philip F. Stahel - Ernest E. Moore


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