JBJS is pleased once again 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.
a) Hospital for Special Surgery / New York
b) Akershus University Hospital / Norway
Years in practice: 10 years as a consultant orthopedic surgeon
How did you begin reviewing for other journals and for JBJS in particular?
After I published my first studies as part of my PhD thesis, my supervisor, Professor Aaroen, recommended me as a reviewer for JBJS. A few years later, Professor Lars Engebretsen nominated me as an associate editor for JBJS Open Access.
What is your top piece of advice for those reviewers who aspire to reach Elite status?
Give constructive criticism (like you would advise your own PhD student or colleague). Remember that most authors have put a lot of effort into the work. Focus on the important stuff: Is the research question interesting (and clearly stated)? Are the method and sample size appropriate to answer the question? Are the results adequately presented and is the conclusion backed by the results in the study?
I also spend a lot of time asking authors not to repeat the introduction or the results in the Discussion section. That seems to be a common thing and can always be fixed by a revision (and should not be cause for rejection). Finally, try to say yes to most of the invitations to review, and keep the deadline. It will take you the same amount of time if you do it today or next week, so why not today… It’s fun, and I have learned a lot by doing the reviews for JBJS. It is a great and rewarding way to keep updated.
Aside from orthopaedic manuscripts, what have you been reading lately?
I just finished White Trash by Nancy Isenberg. A fascinating read about the class system in America. Next on the list is Chimera by Gert Nygardshaug, the fourth book in the Mengele Zoo series.
Learn more about the JBJS Elite Reviewers program.