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: John Gerard Birch, MD, FRCS(C)
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Dallas, TX
Years in practice: 35
How did you begin reviewing for other journals and for JBJS in particular?
I was invited and recommended by my former Chairman of Orthopedics and JBJS Deputy Editor Bob Bucholz 20+ years ago.
What is your top piece of advice for those reviewers who aspire to reach Elite status?
Recognize that reviewing other individuals’ work is a privilege, and an opportunity to improve the clarity of the message. For most manuscripts, I will read once, “jotting” notes within the pdf, then come back later to read a second time.
Aside from orthopaedic manuscripts, what have you been reading lately?
I like to read the “classics” by Thomas Hardy and Charles Dickens. Also, the Louise Penny Inspector Gamache series!
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