Following is an outline describing the instructions for reviewing a manuscript for Bioelectronic Medicine. Submission types include: Research Article, Brief Communication, Review Article, Commentary, and Letter to the Editor. Submitted manuscripts should conform to the requirements set forth in the Instructions for Authors.
Bioelectronic medicine combines molecular medicine, bioengineering, and neuroscience to discover and develop nerve stimulating and sensing technologies to regulate biological processes and treat disease. Ethical, legal and financial issues related to bioelectronic medicine and device development are also welcomed.
A manuscript review should include three parts. A short summary that puts the findings in context of existing literature and states if the work is original or confirmatory. A section detailing major issues such as flaws in design (including ethical violations), technique, interpretation, and how these could be addressed and improved. A section detailing minor issues, for example incorrect statement of facts, inconsistencies in reference citations, comments on figure readability.
A manuscript review that comments solely on grammar without addressing any of the topics listed above is not constructive and may be discounted.
Bioelectronic Medicine provides a score sheet to reviewers for assistance with the peer review process. This information is for Editorial use only and is kept confidential, with the exception of the "Comments to the Author" section.
Points for Evaluation
In addition to the score sheet reviewers are asked to evaluate the following aspects of a manuscript.*
Scope – Does the manuscript explore the synergy between biology and technology? Does the manuscript promote the understanding of normal body functioning and disease pathogenesis of neural circuits at the anatomical, functional and molecular signaling levels? Does the work presented advance the field? Will the work presented alter clinical practice now or in the future? Does the work indicate a tool for disease diagnosis, treatment or prevention? Does the work include proof of concept data? Manuscripts falling outside the scope of the journal will not be sent for peer review, however, for some manuscripts this will not be apparent without a full review.
Research Objectives – Do the authors clearly state the research objectives in the introduction? Have the objectives been met and sufficiently supported by the data presented? Is the work preliminary or incomplete?
Study Design and Methodology – Evaluate whether the authors have appropriately designed the experiments. Are the methods appropriate and correctly executed? Have methods been sufficiently described? A one-sentence description of a method is inappropriate. Has an analysis been offered and correctly completed? Were the correct statistical evaluations supplied?
Soundness of Results – Are the data reliable? Has information regarding number of experiments, repetitions, or experimental and control groups been provided? Is this information clear in the text?
Interpretation – Have the authors reasonably interpreted the results? Are the conclusions logical? Are there other conclusions?
Originality and Significance – Is the work original or does it confirm other existing reports? Does the work represent a considerable advance or is it merely incremental?
Existing Literature – Have appropriate references been cited to place the work in a framework of existing literature? Are there important references not cited? Are there too many or too few citations?
Overall Presentation – Does the work follow a logical path in presentation? Do the figures support the story, are they easy to follow? Is the work easy to read? Will it need editing for grammar and syntax – if so, how much?
Policy Requirements – Have the authors included appropriate statements and approvals regarding human and/or animal work? Are there any ethical violations? If any figures have been adapted or reproduced from previous work, are they properly cited? Are accession numbers provided and/or data been deposited in public databases?
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*Hames, Irene. Peer Review and Manuscript Management in Scientific Journals: Guidelines for Good Practice. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub., 2007. Print.