This section provides a brief general overview of the peer review process at AME journals. Due to the setup of our Editorial Team, the peer review process and submission turnaround time may vary slightly depending on the journal.
All submitted manuscripts are reviewed initially by an editor at the specific journal. Manuscripts are evaluated according to the following criteria:
Based on these basic criteria, the editors assess a paper’s eligibility for publication. Only manuscripts passing the preliminary review can be sent for external peer review.
Peer review mode
Unless otherwise indicated*, all AME journals use single-blind peer review, which means the identity of the peer reviewer is kept confidential, but the author’s identity is made known to the reviewer.
*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.
Every manuscript is reviewed by at least two reviewers, and sometimes more opinions are sought. Peer reviewers are selected based on their expertise and ability to provide high quality, constructive, and fair reviews. For research manuscripts, editors may, in addition, seek the opinion of a statistical reviewer.
The existence of a manuscript under review is not revealed to anyone other than the peer reviewers and editorial staff. Peer reviewers are required to maintain confidentiality about the manuscripts they review and must not divulge any information about a specific manuscript or its content to any third party without prior permission from the journal editors. Information from submitted manuscripts may be systematically collected and analyzed to help improve the quality of the editorial or peer-review processes. Identifying information remains confidential. Final decisions regarding the publication of manuscripts are made within the Editorial Team.
Provenance and peer review
AME is committed to transparency. Commissioned articles or articles that undergo rapid communication (fast-track review) will be published with a description of their provenance (i.e., commission or reasons for rapid communication) and how the review was organized (i.e., with or without external peer review). For articles published without external peer review (usually non-research articles, e.g. editorials, interviews, or other editorial materials), the reviews are completed directly by the editors.
Transparent peer review
With a commitment to openness and accountability, and to increase the level of transparency throughout our peer review process, some AME journals have introduced a transparent peer review process as an option for authors upon submission. Please refer to the website of the specific AME journal for more information.
Online review system
To ensure the most convenient and efficient peer review process possible, our peer reviews are conducted electronically via both the OJS system (journal website) and AME’s online review system, “AME Bond between Editors and Reviewers” (“ABER” for short). Here is a link to the ABER system: http://www.theaber.com/home.
AME Bond between Editors and Reviewers (ABER) was designed and launched by AME Publishing Company with the goal of connecting our editorial teams and reviewers. Editorial staff can upload manuscripts that are ready for review, release the task description on the ABER system, and monitor the review process. Researchers can register to become ABER members (with valid identity verification). They can then use keywords to search for the subject area in which they are interested, and register their interest in a manuscript they wish to peer review. Researchers are also able to share their thoughts or comments via the ABER system. What’s more, for every manuscript they peer review, they will be rewarded with “AME points” which allow them to purchase various items in the AME online store, including, but not limited to, medical books and journals.
Peer review flowchart
Submission turnaround time
Updated on April 23, 2020