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Am Fam Physician. 2016 Apr 1;93(7):544-545.

Although some editors, authors, and readers have questioned the value of peer review,1 I have no doubt that it improves the articles we publish in American Family Physician (AFP). Our reviewers regularly point out ways to enhance the presentation of information, mention important details to add, and occasionally discover errors that might otherwise mislead readers if not identified.

Reviewers have been part of the fabric of science for decades, yet their work is largely unsung. Most reviewers volunteer their time, working behind the scenes to contribute to the common good. At AFP, we send manuscripts to three external reviewers—two content experts (who may be subspecialists or family physicians) and a family physician representative—to help ensure relevance for our readers. In addition, two family physician medical editors review each manuscript. So, authors generally receive comments from five reviewers, and they must address each comment during their revision and resubmission. Anyone seeing the before-and-after papers would readily attest that even good manuscripts are improved because of this process.

To assist our reviewers, we have created an online Reviewers' Guide and developed a set of resources.2 The American Academy of Family Physicians has authorized continuing medical education credit for members who serve as peer reviewers for AFP, at three prescribed credits per manuscript, limited to 30 credits per three-year reelection cycle.

For various reasons, it has been a while since we have formally recognized our reviewers in print. Going forward, we plan to give credit to these contributors to excellence regularly, as their names remain anonymous throughout the review process. We will also start archiving each year's thank-you list on our website,2 in case any reviewers need documentation of their work for credentialing or other purposes.37

If you are interested in becoming a reviewer for AFP, please visit our Reviewers' Guide (http://www.aafp.org/journals/afp/reviewers/guide.html) and complete a reviewer profile, or e-mail us at afpjournal@aafp.org. We rate the quality of each review we receive and reward those who do a good job by inviting them to do more reviews! We usually send two to four requests a year—hopefully a manageable number. Serving as a reviewer can sharpen your writing and critical analysis skills; seeing weaknesses in others' work helps sensitize you to what to avoid in your own writing and can help carve a path to successful authorship.

Recently, AFP contributing editor Jennifer L. Middleton, MD, MPH, wrote about the value of peer review for the AFP Community Blog during the first-ever Peer Review Week, created by a group of science organizations with the goal of supporting and improving the peer review process.8 She expressed her appreciation for all of our reviewers, and now it is time to do that again by name, in print and online. So, on behalf of the entire editorial team at AFP, many thanks to all of our wonderful reviewers!

editor's note: Dr. Siwek is editor of AFP.

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American Family Physician's Peer Reviewers for 2015

Jennifer Abeles, DO

Ian H. de Boer, MD, MS

Chris Keenan, MD, MPH

Kalyanakrishnan Ramakrishnan, MD

Stoney A. Abercrombie, MD

Craig Derkay, MD

Robert B. Kelly, MD, MS

Archana Ramaswamy, MD

Fredrick M. Abrahamian, DO

Lara Devgan, MD, MPH

Niharika Khanna, MD

Andrea Rapkin, MD

Curtis N. Adams, MD

Gretchen Dickson, MD, MBA

Jennifer Kim, MD

Gary A. Ratkin, MD

Stephen M. Adams, MD

Jill Dietz, MD

Jonathan M. Kline, PharmD

Gail Reid, MD

Kehinde Adekola, MD

Joel Dimsdale, MD

Charles Kodner, MD

Matthew Rensberry, MD

Ross Albert, MD, PhD

Christopher Discolo, MD

Milind J. Kothari, DO

Caitlyn M. Rerucha, MD

Chelley K. Alexander, MD

John Dorsch, MD

Tony Kuo, MD, MSHS

J. Marc Rhoads, MD

Maria Alkureishi, MD

Leigh Eck, MD

Kelly Latimer, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Robert Rich, MD

Jennifer Amengual, MD

E. J. Edelman, MD

Kim Edward LeBlanc, MD, PhD

James M. Roberts, MD

Shilpa H. Amin, MD, MBSc

Jama G. Edwards, MD

Andrew G. Lee, MD

Alan L. Robin, MD

Eric L. Anderson, MD*

David R. Ellington, MD

Daniel Lee, MD

Phillip Rodgers, MD

Tamika Auguste, MD

John W. Ely, MD

Alexander K.C. Leung, MD, MBBS

Michelle A. Roett, MD, MPH, FAAFP*

I. Cori Baill, MD

Sean C. Engel, MD

Glenn Levine, MD

Jacqueline M. Ruplinger, MD

Robert A. Baldor, MD

Kehinde Eniola, MD*

Lawrence A. Liebscher, MD

Matthew Rutman, MD

Thomas Ball, MD

Julia Fashner, MD

Kenneth W. Lin, MD, MPH

Mandakini Sadhir, MD

David B. Banach, MD, MPH, MS

Kristopher Fayock, MD

Richard S. Lucidi, MD, FACOG

Robert B. Saper, MD, MPH

Jimmy Belotte, MD

Gene Feder, MD

John Maa, MD

Margot Savoy, MD

Carol J. Bennett, MD

Thomas Fekete, MD

Sohil Makwana, MD, MPH

Gregory Sawin, MD, MPH

Jeffrey S. Berman, MD

Edward R. Feller, MD

John Malaty, MD*

Andrew J. Saxon, MD

Rajib K. Bhattacharya, MD

David A. Fiellin, MD

Shlomo Mandel, MD, MPH

Andreas Schmid, MD

Amit Bhavsar, MD*

Jennifer Frank, MD

Katherine Margo, MD

Kamaljit Sethi, MD

Matt T. Bianchi, MD, PhD

Joel E. Gallant, MD, MPH

Janelle M. Marra, DO

Ashish Shah, MD

Brett Bilbrey, MD

Frederick B. Gaupp, MD, FAAFP

Caroline B. Marshall, MD

Alan Shahtaji, DO*

Michael A. Bloch, MD, MS

Christopher D. Gelston, MD

Dan Merenstein, MD

Howard Sharp, MD

Mark J. Bolland, PhD

F. John Gennari, MD

John Messmer, MD*

Victoria J. Sharp, MD, MBA

Anne S. Boyd, MD, FAAFP, FACSM

Julie P. Gentile, MD

Jennifer Middleton, MD, MPH*

Daniel Shoskes, MD

Melissa K. Bradner, MD

Peter Gerbino, MD

William M. Miles, MD

Jagdish Shukla, MD

John Brancato, MD

Rahel Ghebre, MD, MS

Suzanne Minor, MD

Randa Sifri, MD

Mary M. Bridgeman, PharmD

Pierre Giglio, MD

Jonathan Morrow, MD, PhD

Bruce Sigsbee, MD, FAAN

Haywood L. Brown, MD

Jason P. Gilleran, MD

Darlene Moyer, MD

Vijay Singh, MD, MPH, MS

John L. Brusch, MD

Deborah Glassman, MD

David G. Mutch, MD

Dustin K. Smith, DO

Edward Buchanan, MD

Allan M. Goldstein, MD

Amanda Myers, MD

Matthew Snyder, DO

Christopher W. Bunt, MD

David Goldstein, MD

Kundandeep Nagi, MD

Lisa Soldat, MD

William M. Burke, MD

Jocelyn Gravlee, MD

Arwa Nasir, MD

Paul Stein, MD*

Erwin T. Cabacungan, MD, MPH

Aaron D. Greenblatt, MD

Konrad C. Nau, MD

J. Herbert Stevenson, MD

James F. Calvert, MD

Shamai Grossman, MD

Eddie Needham, MD, FAAFP

Joshua Storey, DO*

Pamela A. Camosy, MD

Mary J. Groves, MD, FAAFP

David Newman-Toker, MD, PhD

Eliza L. Sutton, MD

Elisabeth M. Carr, MD*

Karen E. Hall, MD

Alan G. Nyitray, PhD

Michelle Szczepanik, MD

Kitty Carter-Wicker, MD

Jaesu Han, MD

Toshimasa Okabe, MD

Jeanette Tetrault, MD, FACP

Sarah L. Cartwright, MD*

Natasha Harrison, MD, MPP

David Orsinelli, MD

Seema Tirlapur, BSc, MBChB

Anil Chacko, PhD

Sally Haskell, MD

Alex Ortega-Loayza, MD

Aley E. Tohamy, MD

Kwan-Leung Chan, MD, FRCP

Peggy B. Hasley, MD

Pasquale Palumbo, MD

Richard P. Usatine, MD

Richard Chan, MBBS, FRCP, FRCPC

James Haynes, MD*

Sandesh Parajuli, MBBS

Belinda A. Vail, MD

Arjun B. Chatterjee, MD, MS

Gregory W. Heath, DHSc, MPH

Andrew Pasternak, MD

Richard W. Waguespack, MD

Craig J. Chaya, MD

Nikhil Hemady, MD

Dinesh Patel, MD, FACS

Harneet Walia, MD

Ping-Hsin Chen, PhD

David A. Hill, MD

Anu Paul, MBBS

Terri Warren, RN, ANP

John Chico, MD

Michael F. Holick, MD

David Peck, MD

Barry D. Weiss, MD

Marc A. Childress, MD

Joyce C. Hollander-Rodriguez, MD

James Phalen, MD

Dennis Wen, MD

Mei Chung, PhD, MPH

Richard Holloway, PhD

Heather R. Pickett, DO

Erin Westfall, DO*

Katherine Cocker, DO

Robert Hudak, MD

Craig E. Pollack, MD

Randall K. Wexler, MD

Aaron A. Cohen-Gadol, MD, MSc

Rose Anne Illes, PhD

Donald Pompan, MD

Tammy Wichman, MD

Sarah Z. Cole, DO

Susumu Inoue, MD

Jacquelyn M. Powers, MD

Tongyu C. Wikramanayake, PhD

Nancy Collop, MD

Allan S. Jaffe, MD

David Z. Prince, MD

Jason Wilbur, MD

Kurt Cook, MD*

Paula James, MD, FRCPC

Jordan M. Prutkin, MD, MHS

Robert Wilfahrt, MD

Julia Craner, PhD

Beverly K. Johnson, MD

J. Todd Purves, MD

Joanne Wilkinson, MD

Paul Crawford, MD

Richard Josephson, MD

Lee Radosh, MD

Mozella Williams, MD*

Paul Dassow, MD

Leila Kahwati, MD, MPH

Melanie Raffoul, MD

David Winchester, MD

Amanda Davis, MD

Erin Kavanaugh, MD

Anita Rajasekhar, MD

Johnnie Yates, MD

Benjamin Zaniello, MD*


*Person completed more than one review in 2015.

American Family Physician's Peer Reviewers for 2015

Jennifer Abeles, DO

Ian H. de Boer, MD, MS

Chris Keenan, MD, MPH

Kalyanakrishnan Ramakrishnan, MD

Stoney A. Abercrombie, MD

Craig Derkay, MD

Robert B. Kelly, MD, MS

Archana Ramaswamy, MD

Fredrick M. Abrahamian, DO

Lara Devgan, MD, MPH

Niharika Khanna, MD

Andrea Rapkin, MD

Curtis N. Adams, MD

Gretchen Dickson, MD, MBA

Jennifer Kim, MD

Gary A. Ratkin, MD

Stephen M. Adams, MD

Jill Dietz, MD

Jonathan M. Kline, PharmD

Gail Reid, MD

Kehinde Adekola, MD

Joel Dimsdale, MD

Charles Kodner, MD

Matthew Rensberry, MD

Ross Albert, MD, PhD

Christopher Discolo, MD

Milind J. Kothari, DO

Caitlyn M. Rerucha, MD

Chelley K. Alexander, MD

John Dorsch, MD

Tony Kuo, MD, MSHS

J. Marc Rhoads, MD

Maria Alkureishi, MD

Leigh Eck, MD

Kelly Latimer, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Robert Rich, MD

Jennifer Amengual, MD

E. J. Edelman, MD

Kim Edward LeBlanc, MD, PhD

James M. Roberts, MD

Shilpa H. Amin, MD, MBSc

Jama G. Edwards, MD

Andrew G. Lee, MD

Alan L. Robin, MD

Eric L. Anderson, MD*

David R. Ellington, MD

Daniel Lee, MD

Phillip Rodgers, MD

Tamika Auguste, MD

John W. Ely, MD

Alexander K.C. Leung, MD, MBBS

Michelle A. Roett, MD, MPH, FAAFP*

I. Cori Baill, MD

Sean C. Engel, MD

Glenn Levine, MD

Jacqueline M. Ruplinger, MD

Robert A. Baldor, MD

Kehinde Eniola, MD*

Lawrence A. Liebscher, MD

Matthew Rutman, MD

Thomas Ball, MD

Julia Fashner, MD

Kenneth W. Lin, MD, MPH

Mandakini Sadhir, MD

David B. Banach, MD, MPH, MS

Kristopher Fayock, MD

Richard S. Lucidi, MD, FACOG

Robert B. Saper, MD, MPH

Jimmy Belotte, MD

Gene Feder, MD

John Maa, MD

Margot Savoy, MD

Carol J. Bennett, MD

Thomas Fekete, MD

Sohil Makwana, MD, MPH

Gregory Sawin, MD, MPH

Jeffrey S. Berman, MD

Edward R. Feller, MD

John Malaty, MD*

Andrew J. Saxon, MD

Rajib K. Bhattacharya, MD

David A. Fiellin, MD

Shlomo Mandel, MD, MPH

Andreas Schmid, MD

Amit Bhavsar, MD*

Jennifer Frank, MD

Katherine Margo, MD

Kamaljit Sethi, MD

Matt T. Bianchi, MD, PhD

Joel E. Gallant, MD, MPH

Janelle M. Marra, DO

Ashish Shah, MD

Brett Bilbrey, MD

Frederick B. Gaupp, MD, FAAFP

Caroline B. Marshall, MD

Alan Shahtaji, DO*

Michael A. Bloch, MD, MS

Christopher D. Gelston, MD

Dan Merenstein, MD

Howard Sharp, MD

Mark J. Bolland, PhD

F. John Gennari, MD

John Messmer, MD*

Victoria J. Sharp, MD, MBA

Anne S. Boyd, MD, FAAFP, FACSM

Julie P. Gentile, MD

Jennifer Middleton, MD, MPH*

Daniel Shoskes, MD

Melissa K. Bradner, MD

Peter Gerbino, MD

William M. Miles, MD

Jagdish Shukla, MD

John Brancato, MD

Rahel Ghebre, MD, MS

Suzanne Minor, MD

Randa Sifri, MD

Mary M. Bridgeman, PharmD

Pierre Giglio, MD

Jonathan Morrow, MD, PhD

Bruce Sigsbee, MD, FAAN

Haywood L. Brown, MD

Jason P. Gilleran, MD

Darlene Moyer, MD

Vijay Singh, MD, MPH, MS

John L. Brusch, MD

Deborah Glassman, MD

David G. Mutch, MD

Dustin K. Smith, DO

Edward Buchanan, MD

Allan M. Goldstein, MD

Amanda Myers, MD

Matthew Snyder, DO

Christopher W. Bunt, MD

David Goldstein, MD

Kundandeep Nagi, MD

Lisa Soldat, MD

William M. Burke, MD

Jocelyn Gravlee, MD

Arwa Nasir, MD

Paul Stein, MD*

Erwin T. Cabacungan, MD, MPH

Aaron D. Greenblatt, MD

Konrad C. Nau, MD

J. Herbert Stevenson, MD

James F. Calvert, MD

Shamai Grossman, MD

Eddie Needham, MD, FAAFP

Joshua Storey, DO*

Pamela A. Camosy, MD

Mary J. Groves, MD, FAAFP

David Newman-Toker, MD, PhD

Eliza L. Sutton, MD

Elisabeth M. Carr, MD*

Karen E. Hall, MD

Alan G. Nyitray, PhD

Michelle Szczepanik, MD

Kitty Carter-Wicker, MD

Jaesu Han, MD

Toshimasa Okabe, MD

Jeanette Tetrault, MD, FACP

Sarah L. Cartwright, MD*

Natasha Harrison, MD, MPP

David Orsinelli, MD

Seema Tirlapur, BSc, MBChB

Anil Chacko, PhD

Sally Haskell, MD

Alex Ortega-Loayza, MD

Aley E. Tohamy, MD

Kwan-Leung Chan, MD, FRCP

Peggy B. Hasley, MD

Pasquale Palumbo, MD

Richard P. Usatine, MD

Richard Chan, MBBS, FRCP, FRCPC

James Haynes, MD*

Sandesh Parajuli, MBBS

Belinda A. Vail, MD

Arjun B. Chatterjee, MD, MS

Gregory W. Heath, DHSc, MPH

Andrew Pasternak, MD

Richard W. Waguespack, MD

Craig J. Chaya, MD

Nikhil Hemady, MD

Dinesh Patel, MD, FACS

Harneet Walia, MD

Ping-Hsin Chen, PhD

David A. Hill, MD

Anu Paul, MBBS

Terri Warren, RN, ANP

John Chico, MD

Michael F. Holick, MD

David Peck, MD

Barry D. Weiss, MD

Marc A. Childress, MD

Joyce C. Hollander-Rodriguez, MD

James Phalen, MD

Dennis Wen, MD

Mei Chung, PhD, MPH

Richard Holloway, PhD

Heather R. Pickett, DO

Erin Westfall, DO*

Katherine Cocker, DO

Robert Hudak, MD

Craig E. Pollack, MD

Randall K. Wexler, MD

Aaron A. Cohen-Gadol, MD, MSc

Rose Anne Illes, PhD

Donald Pompan, MD

Tammy Wichman, MD

Sarah Z. Cole, DO

Susumu Inoue, MD

Jacquelyn M. Powers, MD

Tongyu C. Wikramanayake, PhD

Nancy Collop, MD

Allan S. Jaffe, MD

David Z. Prince, MD

Jason Wilbur, MD

Kurt Cook, MD*

Paula James, MD, FRCPC

Jordan M. Prutkin, MD, MHS

Robert Wilfahrt, MD

Julia Craner, PhD

Beverly K. Johnson, MD

J. Todd Purves, MD

Joanne Wilkinson, MD

Paul Crawford, MD

Richard Josephson, MD

Lee Radosh, MD

Mozella Williams, MD*

Paul Dassow, MD

Leila Kahwati, MD, MPH

Melanie Raffoul, MD

David Winchester, MD

Amanda Davis, MD

Erin Kavanaugh, MD

Anita Rajasekhar, MD

Johnnie Yates, MD

Benjamin Zaniello, MD*


*Person completed more than one review in 2015.

Address correspondence to Jay Siwek, MD, at siwekj@georgetown.edu. Reprints are not available from the author.

Author disclosure: No relevant financial affiliations.

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