Guidelines for Panel Members

MedEdPublish – Guidelines and Responsibilities for Panel Members
Version 01: July 2018


  1. General
  2. Responsibilities
  3. Failure to meet responsibilities
Please note that these Guidelines and Responsibilities are specifically aimed at MedEdPublish Panel Members. They are to be read in conjunction with the Guidelines for Reviewers.

1. General

The Panel of Reviewers plays a vital role within MedEdPublish. Members of the Panel assist in the advancement and the development of this innovation in post-publication peer review. Their constructive feedback will help promote a positive, transparent and qualitatively robust assessment of academic papers.
The Panel’s recommendations and star-rating of papers will provide the quality assurance necessary for a published paper to qualify for indexing, as only “Recommended” papers will be submitted to indexing systems (e.g. PubMed Central).
A review by a Panel Member will be indicated by a large “P” next to the review. Their Gold, Silver and Bronze status will also be indicated (please see the Reviewers’ Guidelines for more information about these).

2. Responsibilities

For the Panel to be effective, it is necessary for all Panel Members to:
  • Ensure that their details in their MedEdPublish profile are correct and current. It is of particular importance to ensure that the categories of interest (category notifications) and area of interest and professional context have been completed, as these will be used to allocate papers to you for review.
  • Perform 6-10 reviews per year. Although Panel Members are free to review any MedEdPublish paper, members will also receive specific and targeted requests from the Editors to review specific papers. (These requests will be based primarily on their categories of interest and area of interest and professional context in their profile.) We request that Panel Members respond to a request for a review within seven days. If Panel members decline a request, then they may receive further requests until they have reviewed six papers per year.
  • When selecting your own papers to review, we request that you select papers that:
  • Are in your area of expertise;
  • Have two or fewer Panel Member reviews (i.e. reviews that have the large “P” next to them). This will ensure that as many papers as possible receive a fair number of Panel Member reviews. 
  • Follow the Guidelines for Reviewers. MedEdPublish has a specific set of Guidelines for Reviewers, and Panel Members are asked to follow those Guidelines when completing their reviews.
  • Engage with any replies from the author of a paper or other readers. After your review has been published, you will be notified by mail if the author or any other person responds to your review. Please engage with those responses, as this is a crucial part of the academic exchange inherent to post-publication peer-review.
  • Perform a follow-up review on the revised paper. Based on reviewers’ comments, authors will have the opportunity to revise their paper, and re-submit. The initial Panel Members are requested to re-review the papers. In most cases, it is expected that these second reviews will be less detailed (e.g. if the authors have met the reviewers’ requirements, then this can be indicated in a single line). Reviewers are then encouraged to adjust their star rating if they feel that the revised version of the paper warrants it. 

3. Failure to meet responsibilities

MedEdPublish realises that a Panel Member may not be able to meet the required number of reviews. If you feel that you cannot consistently meet the reviewing requirements, we request that you contact us and inform us of this, so that we can remove your details from the Panel and appoint a replacement.