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Reviewer Guide

We know what you’re thinking - not another peer review request! We understand this sentiment - you’re probably inundated with review requests at every turn, and you don’t exactly have tons of free time.

Peer review is an altruistic task. It’s the foundation on which published medical literature stands, which means there’s no getting around it. If you’ve published an article, you know this full well.

That doesn’t mean that there can’t be benefits to peer reviewing. So how do you determine which articles are worth your time to review?

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Cureus peer review assists the author in creating the best possible scholarly article. Peer reviewers (invited by the author and Editors-in-Chief) provide comprehensive criticism, helping to provide authors with an efficient and fruitful publishing process. What’s more, all articles published in Cureus will be indexed in PubMed Central after a one month waiting period!

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All submitted articles must undergo a single-blind review process. A minimum of five individuals with requisite domain knowledge are invited to review each article. Prior to the forwarding of an invitation, each author-submitted reviewer is carefully vetted by a Cureus Editor-in-Chief (EIC) with a specific focus on relevant scientific expertise.

In addition to author-invited reviewers, the Editor-in-Chief will hand pick selected members of the Cureus editorial board and/or allied specialists from the larger scientific community to review papers within their area of specialty.

Reviewing with Cureus is easy, fast and hassle-free!

We provide a hassle-free review process that enables you to review the article and submit your comments online, all in under an hour. No downloading and printing PDFs to make comments in the margins. Just add your comments and submit your review.

So how does it work? (The peer review process)

Upon accepting an invitation to review an article, each reviewer is assigned a Greek letter used by the author for identification purposes (e.g. Reviewer Alpha). This ensures that all Cureus reviewers are completely anonymous. All peer review is conducted within our custom-built online editing tool. Here’s how the process works.

  1. You’ll receive an email invitation that includes the article’s title, author, categories and abstract. Two buttons are available: “Accept review” and “Decline review.” Selecting “Accept review” will take you to review mode. Selecting “Decline review” will notify the article’s submitting author and Cureus editors.
  2. Once in review mode, you can leave comments by highlighting text and adding your notes. When you’re finished (or need to stop), you may choose to submit your review or save and exit to the My Reviews tab of your dashboard. Please note that clicking “Save and exit” does not submit the review.
  3. You may re-enter review mode at any time by selecting “Continue review” in the My Reviews tab or by clicking “Accept review” in the original email invitation (as mentioned in Step 1).
  4. When finished and ready to submit your review, select “Submit review.” You may submit your review while in review mode or via the dropdown menu in the My Reviews tab. You’ll then be asked to disclose any potential conflicts of interest and add your final comments for the author (and Cureus editors).
  5. If you think the article is unfit for publication due to possible plagiarism or insufficient data, you can flag the article for editorial review by selecting "Flag this article" from the dropdown menu in the My Reviews tab. (In addition to any efforts put forth by reviewers, all articles submitted to Cureus are rigorously screened and filtered for evidence of plagiarism.)
  6. After the author has incorporated your comments, you may receive an additional email requesting further review of a subsequent version of the article. (Accepting a re-review invitation is optional. Please refer to the above steps when revising additional manuscript versions.)

Please feel free to provide feedback to Cureus Editors-in-Chief during the review process. Our goal is to make this process easy for author and reviewer alike; your feedback allows Cureus to continually evolve and improve.

If you have specific questions during the review process or if you have accidentally submitted an incomplete review, please email support@cureus.com.