Reviewer Information

Reviewer Instructions

If you have questions about reviewing a manuscript after reading the following information, please e-mail [email protected] or call 301-371-9104.


Review Process
Navigating the System
Review Manuscript
Getting Help
Manuscript Status

Review Process

The manuscript submission and peer review process is broken down into the following steps:

  1. The Author submits a manuscript.
  2. The Editor assigns a Board Member to the manuscript.
  3. The Board Member assigns reviewers.
  4. The Reviewers review the manuscript.
  5. The Editor drafts a decision to be sent to the Author.

As a Reviewer, you are responsible for step #4.

You have an option to "Modify Availability Dates" in the submittal system. If you wish to be excluded from potential reviewing for an extended period of time, please use this function under "General Tasks".

Navigating the System

There are two ways to gain access to the system. First, if you know your login name and password, you may log into the system from the home page. Alternatively, if you have received an email request to review, you may use the encrypted link from this email to be logged in and taken directly to the manuscript.

When you log into the system, you will be taken to your "Home" page. If you have been asked to review any manuscripts, you will see a link (or several links) with a red arrow on your desktop under the "Reviewer Tasks" header. Clicking this link will display the "Manuscript Details Screen," containing:

  • Detailed Information about a specific manuscript.
  • Links to the manuscript and associated figures/images.
  • A list of "Manuscript Tasks" or links allowing you to:
    • Accept/Decline Reviewer Position
    • Check Status
    • Review Manuscript

(Not all links will be present all the time. Only the applicable links will be visible.)

If there are no red arrow visible on the "Home" page, then you are finished. There is no pending work you need to worry about.

Review Manuscript

Once you are logged into the system, click on a manuscript link preceded by a red arrow to view the "Manuscript" screen as described above. At the bottom of this screen under "Manuscript Tasks," you will see a red arrow next to a "Review Manuscript" link. Clicking on this link will display the review form. Please be sure to fill in all required information.

Please Note: Since reviews are not saved until you hit the Submit Recommendation button (below), we suggest that you compose your review using your normal word processor and copy/paste the review into this form. This will insure that you have a local copy in case of computer error. Please save a copy of your review offline for your records before you enter it online.

Getting Help

If you need additional help, you can click on the help signs question mark spread throughout the system. A help dialog will pop up with context-sensitive help.

You may also contact the Journal Staff at any time by clicking the "Send Manuscript Correspondence" link under the "More Manuscript Info and Tools" header on the manuscript details screen.

Manuscript Status

You can get the status of your assigned manuscript(s) via:

  1. Logging into the system with your password.
  2. Clicking on the link represented by the manuscript tracking number and abbreviated title.
  3. Clicking on the "Check Status" link at the bottom of the displayed page.

This procedure will display detailed tracking information about where the manuscript is in the submission/peer review process.

Please click here to continue.