Peer Review Week: Day 1

JBJS is helping celebrate Peer Review Week 2016 by formally recognizing some of its top reviewers for their contributions. Each day during Peer Review Week 2016, JBJS will profile three different top reviewers on OrthoBuzz. Today, let’s meet Kim Templeton, John Birch, and Kanu Okike:

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Kimberly Templeton, MD
University of Kansas Medical Center

What do you like best about reviewing for JBJS?
Reviewing for JBJS is another way for me to give back to a profession that has meant so much to me. It also allows me to keep up to date on current trends in research, which helps in formatting education programming for our residents.
How do you find time to review for JBJS?
I review for JBJS between cases, while sitting at airports waiting for planes, or any other downtime that I can find. Because of the importance of the work of JBJS to me, I find a way to fit reviewing into my schedule.
What do you see as JBJS’ role in shaping the future of orthopaedics?
As JBJS is a go-to journal in residency education, the research that is published is informing the education of the next generations of orthopaedic surgeons. Discussing articles within JBJS not only provides opportunities for discussion of current trends in the field but also important areas such as appropriate research design, interpretation of results, and other areas such as applicability of results based on the sex of the patient and other social determinants of health.

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John G. Birch, MD
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

What do you like best about reviewing for JBJS?
I have a “passive” opportunity to learn what is new and developing in my
specialty.
How do you find time to review for JBJS?
It’s surprisingly easy, since a review doesn’t leave me messages or demand an
immediate response. I can read the manuscript quickly, think about it, read it again, simultaneously creating a list of questions/suggestions.
Any of these tasks are “pigeon-holed” into larger responsibilities.
What do you see as JBJS’ role in shaping the future of orthopaedics?
The demanding, earnest, blinded peer-review process effectively guarantees quality research publication that the readers may rely on for veracity and timeliness.

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Kanu Okike, MD
Kaiser Moanalua Medical Center

What do you like best about reviewing for JBJS?
In reviewing for JBJS, I have the opportunity to help shape the future of our field.  The articles published in JBJS are often quite influential, and I enjoy contributing to the process by which these articles are selected and improved via the peer-review process.
How do you find time to review for JBJS?
Like many academically-oriented surgeons, I try to set aside time each week for research.  For me, this time includes not only doing my own research, but also contributing to the peer-review process as a reviewer for JBJS.
What do you see as JBJS’ role in shaping the future of orthopaedics?
High-quality research is paramount for the continued advancement of orthopaedic surgery.  Given that JBJS is currently the highest-impact journal in the field, the articles printed on its pages have the potential to greatly influence orthopaedic practice.

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