Peer Review Process
Annals of Translational Medicine (ATM) aims to provide a service to authors and the research community by making as much research available as possible, provided it meets ATM 's high standards of research conduct and ethical procedure and is approved after peer review.
Single-blind peer review
ATM uses single-blind peer review, meaning that:• the reviewer's name is NOT disclosed to the author
• the author's name is disclosed to the reviewer
The role of reviewers
If we need your help with appraising a manuscript, we will send you an email and ask you to accept or decline the invitation through our submission system. We ask reviewers to help us to ensure that any studies published in ATM were conducted properly, are scientifically credible, reported according to the appropriate guidelines (e.g. CONSORT for clinical trials) and ethical.
The editorial team is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject a manuscript, based on the reviewers' comments.
We welcome feedback from our reviewers. If you have any comment you want to make, either on a manuscript you have reviewed and our decision on it or on our review process in general, we would be pleased to hear from you.
To become a ATM reviewer
If you would like to volunteer, please register at our submissions website (www.atmjournal.org/login). This process will automatically add your name, contact details and expertise to our database of reviewers. Do let us know once you have registered.
Guidance for peer reviewers
All unpublished manuscripts are confidential documents. The existence of a manuscript under review is not revealed to anyone other than peer reviewers and editorial staff. Peer reviewers are required to maintain confidentiality about the manuscripts they review and must not divulge any information about a specific manuscript or its content to any third party without prior permission from the journal editors. If we invite you to review an article and you choose to discuss the manuscript with a colleague, please remind them of the confidential nature of the paper and acknowledge their input in your review. Please also encourage colleagues to register as reviewers. ATM uses single-blind peer review, meaning that authors will not know who has reviewed their work.
If you have any serious concerns about a manuscript from a publication ethics perspective - for example, if you believe you have encountered a case of plagiarism - you can contact the editorial office in confidence.
Writing your review
When you provide your review via our submission system, please declare any competing interest that might relate to the article. These should be personal, professional or financial competing interests relevant to the paper being reviewed. Before writing your review you may find it helpful to browse our instructions for authors, available: www.atmjournal.org/public/system/atm/atm-instruction-for-authors.pdf.
We ask authors to provide article summaries and to upload appropriate reporting statements -these should aid in the reviewing process. We do not need you to comment on the work's importance to general readers. Please consider it for scientific reliability and ethical conduct.
ATM peer review process
If you want to learn more about our peer review process, please check: www.atmjournal.org/pages/view/peer-review-process.
We are very grateful to everyone who reviewed for the journal and appreciate reviewers’contribution to the journal that improves the quality of the work we publish.