JBJS is pleased to highlight our Elite Reviewers. The Elite Reviewers Program recognizes our best reviewers for their outstanding efforts. All JBJS reviewers help us maintain the highest standards for quality orthopaedic publishing.
Name: Grant L. Jones, MD
Affiliation: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Years in practice: 21 years
How did you begin reviewing for other journals and for JBJS in particular?
I first received an invitation to review articles for AJSM from a colleague I knew well. Then through my contacts reviewing articles for AJSM, I started to receive invitations to review for JBJS.
What is your top piece of advice for those reviewers who aspire to reach Elite status?
Always accept articles to review, unless you have significant time constraints from travel or other educational activities. If you are unable to review an article, give a detailed explanation why you are unable. Take a significant amount of time at first when reviewing articles, as the authors have put a lot of time and thought into writing them. Treat each article with respect. After reviewing several articles, one becomes more efficient and less time is required to review them. Closely follow JBJS reviewer guidelines that are sent with the review invitations. These guidelines really help you organize your reviews. Provide constructive comments. Overly negative reviews without constructive suggestions are not helpful for the authors. Finally, be punctual. Start working on a review within a day or two of receiving it. Otherwise the review loses priority and keeps on getting pushed down the to-do list, creating a situation where the reviewer has to rush to get it done to meet the deadline.
Aside from orthopaedic manuscripts, what have you been reading lately?
Other than reading JBJS, AJSM, and JSES, I read the local and national papers daily to keep up with current events.
Learn more about the JBJS Elite Reviewers program.