Guidelines for Panel Members

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


  1. General
  2. Responsibilities
  3. Review of Panel membership
Please note that these Guidelines and Responsibilities are specifically aimed at MedEdPublish Review Panel members and should 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 articles.
The Panel’s recommendations and star-rating of articles will provide the quality assurance necessary for a published article to qualify for indexing, as only “Recommended” articles will be submitted to indexing systems (e.g. PubMed Central; see our indexing statement for details of where MedEdPublish is currently indexed).
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 Reviewer Guidelines for more information about these).

2. Responsibilities

For the Panel to be effective, all Panel members should:
  • Ensure that their details in their MedEdPublish profile are correct and current. In particular, please 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 articles to you for review.
  • Perform 6-10 reviews per year. Although Panel members are free to review any MedEdPublish article, members will also receive specific and targeted requests from the Editors to review specific articles. (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 articles per year.
  • When selecting your own articles to review, we request that you select articles 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 articles 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 an article 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 if a revised version of the article is published. Based on reviewers’ comments, authors will have the opportunity to revise their article and re-submit. The initial Panel reviewers are requested to re-review the articles. 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 article warrants it. 

3. Review of Panel membership

MedEdPublish realises that our Panel members are essentially volunteers with multiple other commitments. If you find that you cannot consistently meet our reviewing requirements, please contact us and inform us of this, so that we can remove your details from the Panel and appoint a replacement. If you choose, you may still be contacted directly by the editor for occasional reviews in your area(s) of expertise.

In addition, we conduct regular reviews of Panel membership and inactive members will be contacted to ask whether they wish to continue in the role. Failure to respond or continued inactivity will result in removal from the Panel.