Instructions for Reviewers
Accessing the Manuscript
When you are invited to review, you will
receive instructions on how to access the manuscript using AJPEs Editorial
Manager site at
http://ajpe.edmgr.com . When you have reviewed the manuscript, you will log
in to the site to answer questions about the manuscript and compose and submit
your review. Although we can accept reviewer comments inserted in the text of
the paper, these comments should be in addition to the standardized online
review. Changes and suggestions inserted in the text of the manuscript should
be made using bold font or Words track changes feature. The Comments
feature in Word should not be used since the document will be faxed to
the author. If you have any questions or need assistance using AJPEs online
review system, please contact the Editorial Office at
Conscientious peer review of manuscripts is
usually a time consuming task but is essential to assure high quality content
for the Journal. When reviewing a manuscript, keep in mind that the purposes of
the Journal are to document and improve the quality of pharmaceutical education.
To be published, a manuscript must provide useful data or information for the
national / international audience of the Journal. If a manuscript has only local
relevance, its usefulness to the general audiences of the Journal is limited.
Comments should be as complete and detailed
as possible and contain clear opinions about strengths, weaknesses, relevance,
and importance to the field. Specific comments that cite manuscript sections,
pages, paragraphs, or lines are most helpful. Reviewers should consider
themselves as mentors of the author(s). Comments should be constructive and
suggestions should be offered to enhance the manuscript.
Points important for the
reviewer to consider:
Is the topic of the manuscript appropriate
for the Journal?
Is the information of significant interest
to the readers?
Is the title accurate and sufficiently
descriptive of the content?
Is the purpose or objective clearly
Are the methods appropriate and
If a manuscript is based on data, do the
data represent an adequate population and is a valid statistical justification
included to support the conclusions?
If the manuscript is descriptive of
educational theory, content, or processes, is the information new to the
majority of Journal readers?
If the manuscript describes a new
laboratory or classroom demonstration, or a novel method of instruction, does it
include examples for teaching purposes?
Are appropriate statistical tests used?
Are the conclusions supported by the data
Are the tables and figures well designed
and add to understanding of the text?
Is information in the tables and figures
Are the references cited the most
appropriate to support the manuscript?
Should the manuscript be shortened?
After careful consideration, the reviewer
should provide one of the following recommendations to the Editor regarding
Highly recommended for
high quality manuscripts of high interest to most readers
manuscripts of acceptable quality that are of interest to most readers.
For either of the above,
indicate if the recommendation is unconditional or conditional upon
modifications by the author.
(rejected) for manuscripts of low quality or of low interest to readers
Reviewers should not:
Contact authors to
discuss a manuscript.
Reveal, cite, or in any
way disclose information about a manuscript prior to publication.
Agree to review a
manuscript if there is an actual or perceived conflict of interest. Potential
conflicts can be discussed with the Editor.
comments on grammar, spelling, or style.
It is permissible to
request the assistance of colleagues to review a manuscript. The names of the
additional reviewers should be provided to the Editor.