AME aims to provide a service to authors and the wider research community by making as much research available as possible, provided it meets our journals’ high standards for research conduct and ethical procedures and receives approval after peer review.
1. Peer review mode
Unless otherwise indicated*, this process applies to all AME journals, meaning:
*Please note that two AME journals, Hepatobiliary Surgery and Nutrition and Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery, use double-blind peer review, which means that the identities of both the reviewer and the author are kept unknown to each other throughout the review process.
2. Transparent peer review
With a commitment to openness and accountability, and to increase the level of transparency throughout our peer review process, a majority of AME journals have introduced a transparent peer review process as an option for authors upon submission. For journals that employ the transparent peer review process, the reviewer will be of notified of the transparent peer review policy in their reviewer invitation letter. Please refer to the website of the specific AME journal for more information.
3. The role of reviewers
If we need your help with appraising a manuscript, we will send you an email and ask you to accept or decline the invitation through our submission system. We ask for reviewers’ assistance to ensure that any studies published in AME journals have been conducted properly, are scientifically credible and ethical, and are reported in accordance with the appropriate guidelines (e.g., CARE guidelines for case reports).
The Editorial Office is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject a manuscript, based on the reviewers' comments.
We welcome feedback from our reviewers. If you have any comments you wish to make relating to a manuscript you have reviewed and our decision on it, or to our review process in general, we would be pleased to hear from you.
4. To become a reviewer
If you would like to become a reviewer for a specific journal of AME, please send an email to the Editorial Office with a copy of your CV attached and an indication of your review interests.
The review could be conducted either via the journal website (OJS system or ScholarOne system) of a specific journal or the ABER peer review system (http://www.theaber.com/home).
5. Recognition for reviewers
AME has entered an official partnership with Publons, as of April 2020. Around 60 AME journals’ peer review system is now integrated seamlessly into the Publons platform (https://publons.com/publisher/6041/ame-publishing-company). The partnership was done to recognize our expert peer reviewers easily for their review contribution. Reviewers can now opt-in to Publons as part of the review submission process, and the review data can be transferred to Publons upon submission. Please browse one of our reviewer profile pages for an example at: https://publons.com/researcher/1302886/takashi-ohtsuka/.
6. Guidance for peer reviewers
We are very grateful to all of the reviewers who have supported our journal so far.
Updated on August 26, 2020