JAVMA Information for Reviewers - Factors to consider when evaluating clinical reports

 
Journal
 

Overview

Importance

  • Does the report provide sufficient new, clinically important information on prevention, diagnosis, control, or treatment of a challenging clinical problem to warrant publication?
  • Has any or all of the information in the manuscript been published previously?

Case Description

  • Is case management described in sufficient detail without being excessively long?

Discussion

  • Are conclusions and interpretations valid?

Presentation

  • Is the writing clear, concise, and readable?
  • Should any sections of the manuscript be expanded, condensed, or eliminated?
  • Have authors used abbreviations or jargon to excess?

Specific Manuscript Sections

Title

  • Is the title a clear, accurate representation of the article's content?

Abstract

  • Does the abstract adequately summarize the report and clearly indicate why the report is important?

Case Description

  • Is case management described in sufficient detail without being excessively long?
  • Is the follow-up period long enough to adequately determine outcome?
  • Are all tables and figures that are included necessary or is there repetition of material?
  • Is the figure quality adequate?

Discussion

  • Are any ideas or conclusions over- or underemphasized?
  • Do the authors provide a balanced view of the importance of the results?
  • Do the authors cite relevant work of others?
  • Are all conclusions and interpretations valid?
  • Are any key issues not addressed?
  • Is all of the discussion relevant?
  • Do the authors make any recommendations not supported by their data or beyond the scope of the report?

References

  • Are citations and quotations correct (please scan and spot check)?
  • Are all references pertinent or are some inconsequential?
  • Have any important references been omitted (please provide citations)?

Factors to consider when reviewing manuscripts

  1. Original Study
  2. Retrospective Study
  3. Clinical Report
  4. What Is Your Diagnosis?

Version: July 27, 2012