Raquel Christie, Editorial Assistant
Here in the editorial office, we’re constantly playing a game of Manuscript Matchmaker. To every paper with the potential to be Journal-worthy, the editors must assign the reviewers who have the specific savvy to help us get it there – or to tell us why it shouldn’t make the cut.
The main way reviewers are selected for a manuscript is by measuring their compatibility with that manuscript’s classifications. When interested parties sign up to review for the Journal,
they are asked to select from a list of categories in which they have particular expertise—for example, obesity, gynecologic surgery, preterm labor. When an author submits a manuscript, he/she is asked to categorize it using these same categories.
When the editors are searching for the perfect reviewer for a paper, Editorial Manager scans the pool for the reviewers that have the most classification matches with that manuscript. If you match up well, and you’ve got a good reviewer record—including strong reviews and timely turnaround—we might just choose you!
Sometimes, the author of the manuscript suggests certain reviewers for their paper—people they feel would have good insight into the subject matter. Whether to use these suggested reviewers is entirely at the editor’s discretion.
Sometimes, too, after reading the manuscript, the editor may know just the person who would write a great review. The editor might then directly assign the manuscript to this reviewer based on his/her known expertise and reliability.
However the invitation lands in your mailbox, if you think you’re just not a good fit for a paper, please let us know. Perhaps your career has changed a bit, and your classifications need to be updated? Send us an email and let us know how we can fix it.
Also, it is every reviewer’s responsibility to notify us if they have a conflict of interest with a paper. If there’s any reason you wouldn’t be able to provide an objective review of a manuscript, please let us know as soon as possible.
Next week, we’ll take a look at the steps in the review process. Make sure to stop by!