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Dear JDBP Peer Reviewer,

The Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics offers continuing education credit for peer reviews. We know that reviewing a paper requires significant time and expertise, and we appreciate your commitment to making JDBP the premier journal in our field. Providing continuing education credit is a way of acknowledging your commitment and providing you with some tangible “return” for your hard work. 

In order to earn the credits, you will need to respond to 4 short questions at the end of the online peer review form:

  • Are you interested in earning continuing education credit?
  • How long did it take to complete this review? (Select the applicable time frame.)
  • Performing this review has improved my knowledge and ability to assess the scientific literature in order to make informed decisions in my practice. (YES or NO)
  • Performing this review has improved my critical thinking and writing skills within my area of expertise. (YES or NO)

All questions must be answered to earn the credit.

The JDBP editorial team (the Editor-in-Chief and Associate or Section Editors) will evaluate your review and assign a score between 0 and 100 to reflect the quality of the review.  A score of 70 or above is needed in order to earn CE credit.  (Please note that this evaluation of your review is independent of the quality of the article.  Even if you recommend against publishing the article, credit can be awarded if the quality of your review scores a 70 or above.)

If your score is less than 70, we will contact you to discuss what would be necessary to improve the score in the future.

Now might be a good time to update your reviewer profile at our JDBP Editorial Manager website.  We’ve added new content areas, so please review them and let us know what content areas you’d like to review papers in. Just log on the EM website at and click on “update my information”.  On that page click “select personal classifications” in the “Areas of Interest or Expertise” section. (If you’ve forgotten your username or password please email Lindsey Huckabee at [email protected] )

We’re really excited to be able to provide you with this continuing education credit program for the work that you do for JDBP.  I again thank you for your participation in the peer review process, and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me at [email protected]

Lee M. Pachter, DO, Editor-in-Chief, and the JDBP Editorial Team

Here, for your information, is the behind-the-scenes peer review/CME process that does not require your direct involvement:
  • At the end of each month, our publisher’s (Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins) Continuing Education Department personnel will download a report from our online Editorial Manager to include your responses and the editor’s scoring.   
  • For reviewers seeking credit who have earned a score of 70 or above, you will receive a CE certificate by e-mail in about 6-8 weeks after the editor’s review.  Please note that certificates arrive from the following e-mail address: [email protected].   
  • In accordance with provider guidelines, physicians (MDs and DOs) will earn 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit credits.  (Be sure that you have indicated MD or DO in the degree field of your Editorial Manager profile.)  Nurses will earn ANCC contact hours commensurate with the amount of time spent doing the review.  Non-physician/nurse reviewers seeking credits will receive a certificate of participation in a CME activity that may be useful to your individual profession’s CE requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions about CE/CME for Peer Review

1. What are the criteria for scoring a review?
Scoring a review is a judgment call on the part of each editor.  Since journals vary widely in their scope and editors have individual expectations, one set of criteria cannot be formulated for all journals. The editor must decide whether any specific review is worthy of awarding CE credit.  Communicating expectations to reviewers is up to each editor.

2. What happens if my review scores less than 70?
The journal editor should contact you to explain why the low score was assigned.  Inquiries received by the WKH/LWW Continuing Education Department will be referred back to the editor. 

3. Will I be able to earn credit even if there is more than one reviewer per manuscript?
Yes, any reviewer can earn credit for their work; it is not limited to just one reviewer per manuscript.

4. Non-physician reviewers seeking CME credits will receive a certificate of participation in a CME activity that may be useful to your individual profession’s CE requirements.

5. Can physician reviewers with international medical degrees receive credit?
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ may be awarded to any physician (defined by the AMA as MDs, DOs, or international physicians with equivalent degrees from other countries). WKH/LWW does ask what degree(s) reviewers hold and will provide a certificate to foreign practitioners if they provide one of the following degree categories: BMBS, MBBS, MBChB, MB BCh, BMed, MDCM, Dr.MuD, Dr.Med,, Med.

6. Can I still receive CE credit if I indicate in the evaluation questions that I did not learn as a result of the review?
Yes.  Even though your evaluation is required, the awarding of CE credit is based on the quality of your review and is independent of the evaluation of your own learning.

7. Can I still receive CE credit if I recommend rejection or revision of the article?
Yes.  It is the quality of the review that warrants CE credit, not the quality of the article

8. If the article goes back for revision, is additional CE credit available for subsequent reviews?
No.  Only the first review is eligible for CE credit.

9. What do I do if I have not received my certificate by e-mail after 2 months? 
You should contact your editor to assure that the credit has been approved.  If it has been approved but you have not yet received your certificate, call the WKH/LWW Continuing Education Department for more information:
Physicians: call Brenda Alston at (215) 521-8636.
Other Healthcare Professionals: call Eli Ganias at (646) 674-6617.