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Reviewers' Guide

How to Review for American Family Physician

1. Profile: Please fill out the attached profile and forward to afpjournal@aafp.org with the title “Peer Review Profile” for the email. With this document, we will add you to our list of reviewers.

FILL OUT THE REVIEWER PROFILE(1 page PDF)

2. Conflict of Interest:  When assigned a topic, look for possible conflicts of interest prior to accepting. If you have either of the following, please check with our editorial office at afpjournal@aafp.org before doing your review. 

3. Standards: We depend on your help in making this manuscript an up-to-date, high-quality presentation on the topic.  Please look for any:

  • Errors of commission: Are any of the facts incorrect?
  • Errors of omission: Is there important information missing?
  • New developments, references, or tables/figures that should be added?
  • Imbalance to the presentation
  • Problem with clarity – don’t worry about grammar or wording unless unclear

4. Comments:  The comments you provide are the key to the quality of AFP. Comments should be:

  • As specific as possible
  • Focused on improving presentation
  • Balanced - Comment on weaknesses, but mention strengths 
  • Comments to Editor - Separate comments to the editor can be helpful to discuss sensitive issues like inappropriate bias or plagiarism concerns. Editors review all author comments, so don’t repeat them.

5. Rating: Please rate key aspects of the manuscript on a rating scale in Editorial Manager(www.editorialmanager.com), our online peer review system.  We use these ratings to get a composite, semi-quantitative sense of the external reviews.

Example: To give you an idea of what reviews for AFP look like, please download the sample reviews. These three peer reviews include both strong and weak reviews and a short explanation of each. 

DOWNLOAD SAMPLE REVIEWS(5 page PDF)

Resources: If you are interested in more information about reviewing, click here for articles and online courses available. 

VIEW RESOURCES FOR REVIEWERS(91 KB PDF)

Previous Reviewers:  Click here to find lists of previous AFP reviewers by year.