Reviewer Resource Hub

Thank you for serving as a peer reviewer for MedEdPORTAL. Peer review is a critical component of our publication process. This site is designed to provide you with a variety of training materials and resources to help you in your role, which is primarily to provide an honest and constructive assessment of the value of a submission to MedEdPORTAL.

Frequently Asked Questions

What files am I being asked to review?

Please make sure to review all files available in the Original Files section. These files should be in publication-ready form (i.e., clear of all copyright and patient privacy issues). Any reference to material hosted on external sites is not subject to peer review, and should not be considered part of the potential publication. We have no way to guarantee the permanence of external material, so authors are asked to provide all required content as part of the submission. Externally hosted content should be explicitly labeled as reference or supplemental material.

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I cannot open the files associated with the submission. What should I do?

Please contact the editorial office for assistance. Being able to view all files is essential to completing a sufficient review. Contact the editorial office by emailing the staff editor associated with your submission by clicking on the name of the “EO” located in the upper right corner of your screen.

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Do I need to pay attention to the information in the Details tab in the “Review Manuscript” screen?

Not necessarily. This tab will include basic author information and, if applicable, any history on revisions requested by editorial staff prior to peer review.

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The submitted material is difficult to read and suffers from poor grammar. How should I address this?

MedEdPORTAL Publications staff will review all files prior to publication to ensure minor spelling and grammar mistakes are corrected. If you notice anything egregious, please make note in your recommendation. This is especially important for biomedical content and other details where you serve as a content expert.

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If I sense a submission contains plagiarized content or copyright concerns not addressed in screening, should I contact the staff editor?

Please address any ethical concerns directly in your recommendation, either to the associate editor (if confidential) or directly to the author. We take these comments seriously and will work with the appropriate parties to address the issues you raise.

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Reviewer Resources

The following downloadable materials will assist you as a reviewer:

PDF DocumentReviewer Expectations

PDF DocumentSample Review

Reviewer Login

Login to MedEdPORTAL Publications' peer review management system: Manuscript CentralExternal Link

Reviewer Spotlight

Associate Editor Tip of the Month: Providing a Quality Review

Please write your review as if you were giving advice to your younger self. Be generally encouraging, but specific enough so that the author knows exactly what to keep doing.

Be constructive in your criticism and model for the author the progression from literature review and local needs to curriculum creation (objectives, activities and assessment), implementation, and program evaluation.

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