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Elite Reviewer Spotlight: Grant Jones

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.

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Elite Reviewer Spotlight: Eeric Truumees

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: Eeric Truumees, MD

Affiliation: University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School / Ascension Seton Brain & Spine Institute, Austin, Texas

Years in practice: 20

How did you begin reviewing for other journals and for JBJS in particular?

The first part of my career was spent in a “privademic” setting.  I saw peer review as a means of keeping up with the latest ideas in orthopaedic surgery (and spine surgery in particular).  These reviews, while time consuming, both felt rewarding and were a solid contribution to the larger field.  Since then, I have served several journals, including at the Deputy Editor level. The chance to serve at JBJS is a great honor.

What is your top piece of advice for those reviewers who aspire to reach Elite status?

First, your reviews should be systematic.  There are lots of guides available, but you have to find a system that works well for you.  Once you do, your reviews will both offer more value for the authors and editors and become more efficient to perform.  Know your bandwidth and respond quickly whether you are able to provide the review or not.  Then, as with anything, a big part of success lies in being reliable.

Aside from orthopaedic manuscripts, what have you been reading lately?

As someone with an interest in healthcare re-design and working in the highly contentious field of spine surgery, I have been reading books on program building, leadership, and other business topics.

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Elite Reviewer Spotlight: Keith Baumgarten

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: Keith M. Baumgarten, MD.         

Affiliation: Orthopedic Institute, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Years in practice: 14 years

How did you begin reviewing for other journals and for JBJS in particular?

When I began practice, I contacted the journal and volunteered to be a reviewer.  I believe that reviewing for journals is a service that we can provide to the orthopaedic community.  In addition, reviewing has helped me stay up to date in maintaining my orthopaedic knowledge base and has allowed me to become a better author as well.

What is your top piece of advice for those reviewers who aspire to reach Elite status?

My advice is two-fold. First, it is important to understand that an author’s research and submitted manuscript can often be very dear to them.  They have invested countless hours in developing, performing, and writing their research.  This should be recognized so that we spend the appropriate time understanding their manuscript, determining its place in the orthopaedic literature, and providing an unbiased review.  Second, it is important to provide this review in a timely manner.  Authors often have to wait weeks or months to determine the status of their submission, and we as reviewers should try to minimize this.

Aside from orthopaedic manuscripts, what have you been reading lately?

The last three books I have read are Start With Why by Simon Sinek, Football for a Buck:  The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL by Jeff Pearlman, and On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War’s Greatest Battle by Hampton Sides.

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Elite Reviewer Spotlight: Dominik Meyer

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: Dominik C. Meyer, Prof. Dr. Med.

Affiliation: Balgrist Orthopaedic University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland

Years in practice: 20 years

How did you begin reviewing for other journals and for JBJS in particular?

By introduction through my mentor, teacher, and chief Prof., Christian Gerber

What is your top piece of advice for those reviewers who aspire to reach Elite status?

Try to put yourself into the position of both the reader and author at the same time, and handle the manuscript with the according care and respect.

Aside from orthopaedic manuscripts, what have you been reading lately?

Instruction manuals for my 3D printing software

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Elite Reviewer Spotlight: Samer Hasan

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: Samer Hasan, MD

Affiliation: Mercy Health – Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center

Years in practice: 19

How did you begin reviewing for other journals and for JBJS in particular?

My senior partners were doing it and so I got hooked. In the case of JBJS, I knew Dr. Andy Green and he knew me, and he began inviting me to review for the journal.

What is your top piece of advice for those reviewers who aspire to reach Elite status?

Accept the invitations whenever possible, then read the manuscript carefully and try and understand the context and the methods. Don’t get too caught up in the minutiae.

Aside from orthopaedic manuscripts, what have you been reading lately?

Just finished reading Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. Very provocative.

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Elite Reviewer Spotlight: Antonia Chen

In celebration of Peer Review Week, JBJS is pleased to present the first in a series of profiles highlighting 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: Antonia F. Chen, MD, MBA

Affiliation: Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Years in practice: 5

How did you begin reviewing for other journals and for JBJS in particular?

As a resident, one of my attendings asked me to review for a different journal given my interest in research.   The guidelines for reviewers were incredibly helpful, and I initially spent days reviewing a study trying to critically analyze it and provide constructive feedback. Subsequently, I met Dr. Tom Bauer at a meeting, and given my research interests, he invited me to review an article for JBJS. It’s been an incredible privilege to review for JBJS, and the critical thinking skills developed as a reviewer have helped me become a better writer.

What is your top piece of advice for those reviewers who aspire to reach Elite status?

The more you practice reviewing, the more intuitive it becomes; try to do as many reviews as possible. I like to read an article twice – once to get the general gestalt of an article to understand if/how everything ties together, then a second time to critically analyze the article and try to find loopholes in the article. By doing so, I am able to understand the big picture before getting into the details of a manuscript.

Aside from orthopaedic manuscripts, what have you been reading lately?

I recently read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I have so many changes to make!

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