Review Guidelines

WHEN A MANUSCRIPT IS SENT TO YOU FOR REVIEW YOU WILL RECEIVE
- A link to the review copy of the manuscript and a standard assessment form on the Editorial Manager online peer-review and submissions system

REVIEWER GUIDELINES
Here are some guidelines that can be used when reviewing articles for SQUMJ.

Topic
Is the topic of interest and relevant for the journal?

Title
Does the title reflect the content of the article?

Originality
Is the work original, new and important? If not, please give references

Abstract
Does it contain the essential information of the article and cover the various aspects of the work: objective, methods, results and conclusion?

Advances in Knowledge 
Has this section been included? Does it clearly state how the paper contributes to Advances in Knowledge? This section should be max. 250 words.

Application to Patient Care
Has this section been included? Does it clearly state the paper’s Application to Patient Care? This section should be max. 250 words.

Introduction
Is the study rationale adequately described?

Objectives
- Are the objectives and hypothesis clearly stated? Is the work relevant and new? Have significant parts of the paper already been published elsewhere?

Methodology
- Is the work scientifically interesting, rigorous, accurate and correct? 
- Is the study design appropriate for the objectives?
- Is the sample size appropriate and adequately justified?
- Is the sampling technique appropriate and adequately described?
- How well are the methods and instruments of data collection described?
- How well are the techniques to minimize bias/errors documented?

Ethical considerations 
- For studies including human or animal subjects, has the study been approved by the relevant research and ethics committee? 
- Has consent been obtained for studies including patient data? 
- Have any conflicts of interest (financial or other) been clearly stated?

Analysis and Results 
- Did the study test the hypothesis? Is the study design appropriate for the objectives?
- Was the study adequately controlled? Is the sample size appropriate and adequately justified?
- Are the methods of data analysis appropriate? Is the sampling technique appropriate and adequately described?
- Are the findings presented logically? How well are the methods and instruments of data collection described?
- Are the diagrams, tables, figures and captions appropriate and clear? How well are the techniques to minimize bias/errors documented?

Statistics
- Are appropriate statistical methods used? 
- Is the statistical significance well documented (e.g. as confidence intervals or p-values) or correlation coefficient)? Is it correct and appropriate?

Discussion
- Is the discussion relevant to the study? Is it easy to understand and read? Is the work set well in the context of previous work?
- How well are the key findings discussed?
- To what extent have differences or similarities with other studies been discussed and reasons for these given?
- Are the implications of the findings clearly articulated?

Conclusion
- Do the results justify the conclusion/s? 
- Is the conclusion carefully written, summarizing what has been learnt and why it is interesting and useful?

References 
- Are they appropriate and relevant?
- Are they up to date?
- Are there any errors

Writing Style
- Is the overall balance and structure of the paper good? 
- Is the paper clearly written? 
- Are there language errors?
- Is the paper presented logically (e.g. correct information in each section, logical flow of arguments)?

 

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BEING A REVIEWER FOR THE JOURNAL?
In our commitment to quality improvement and timeliness, we are seeking reviewers in all specialties. Reviewers must be willing to share our commitment and achieve a turnaround time of 2 weeks in most cases. 

If you are interested in reviewing manuscripts for the Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal (SQUMJ), we want to hear from you! Please send us your name, CV, current affiliation, e-mail address and your specialty interests. For more information, please contact us by e-mail at mjournal@squ.edu.om or squmjoman@gmail.com or by phone at (+968) 2414 3457.

Reviewers are sent an invitation by email with a link to access the full text of the manuscript that is within their realm of expertise. The reviewer recommends whether to accept, reject, or accept a manuscript with changes. Comments and recommendations for changes can be submitted along with the completed review form on the system. SQUMJ follows a double-blind review process. This means that the names of reviewers are not released to the authors and the names of authors are not released to reviewers.

There is no financial remuneration for reviewing manuscripts, but many professionals find participation in the process of peer review extremely rewarding because they appreciate the opportunity to review and make comments on research articles, review articles, and case reports in their area of expertise and to enhance the quality of papers published in the medical literature. There is no minimum number of reviews required and reviewers may decline to review at any time.

Reviewers are also eligible to receive category 1 continuing professional development (CPD) credits from the Oman Medical Specialty Board (OMSB). Reviewers are entitled to claim 1 CPD credit per review. Please apply for credits at the OMSB website: http://portal.omsb.gov.om/CPD/  More information regarding CPD credits and the application process is available at the OMSB CPD website. If you have any further queries regarding CPD credits, please contact them directly.