Reviewer of the Month (2020-21)

Posted On 2021-03-09 10:50:51

Over the years, many ABS reviewers have made outstanding contributions to the peer review process. They demonstrated professional effort and enthusiasm in their reviews and provided comments that genuinely help the authors to enhance their work.

Hereby, we would like to highlight some of our outstanding reviewers, with a brief interview of their thoughts and insights as a reviewer. Allow us to express our heartfelt gratitude for their tremendous effort and valuable contributions to the scientific process.

December, 2020
James S Khan, Mount Sinai Hospital, Canada

December, 2020

James S Khan

Dr. James Khan is an Anesthesiologist and Pain Physician at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada. He also serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is a clinician-scientist that aims to identify novel preventative and treatment strategies for acute and chronic pain. Currently, he is the principal investigator of a large multicentre randomized clinical trial evaluating intravenous lidocaine to prevent persistent pain after breast cancer surgery. You may connect with Dr. Khan through Twitter @James_S_Khan.

Peer review, to Dr. Khan, serves a critical process in advancing science, “Peer review is essential in identifying errors in the methodology, analysis, and interpretation of results prior to publication. This is an important process, now more than ever, as most readers do not read the entire manuscript and trust the messages that are reported in the Abstract. Both the scientific community and general lay public who read a published paper place trust that the manuscript has been vetted to a basic level of quality.”

In Dr. Khan’s opinion, a constructive review is one that not only identifies errors or areas of improvement in a manuscript but provides tangible steps on how to improve the manuscript. This allows the authors to be more aware of specific steps to perform in the revision but also provides an opportunity for authors to learn something from the reviewers. For the most part, authors and reviewers have never met, so this serves as a point of contact where sharing of ideas and knowledge can exist.

On the importance of conflict of interest declaration, Dr. Khan says, “It is important that conflicts are reported so that readers of a manuscript weight potential conflicts in their interpretation of a study. It is not entirely clear to what extent a conflict could influence research, but a lack of conflicts certainly would not influence the research at all.”

“As researchers, we are driven by the pursuit of advancing knowledge and improving care for patients. This is what motivates us to conduct our own research. Further, as a steward of knowledge, it is important that we also participate in ensuring that new science being published is held to a minimum level of quality. Results in clinical research can influence patient care, and if published research is faulty, then patients suffer, either by being exposed to futile or even harmful interventions, or not being exposed to potentially beneficial interventions,” says Dr. Khan.