Reviewer Instructions

Instructions to WestJEM Reviewers

Thank you for your contribution to the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. Here are the instructions to help your tasks as a reviewer.

Proposed Reviewer Guidelines/Expectations for WestJEM
Reviewers are expected to:

  • Perform two (2) to five (5) reviews per calendar year.
  • Keep current their availability to review on the website.
  • Maintain an up-to-date email address for correspondence with the journal.
  • Have an updated CV on file with journal office.

When a reviewer has committed to review:

  • Reviews must be completed within 14 days from date of the initial request.
    • If a reviewer does not reply within 3 days of initial invitation, an automatically generated electronic reminder will be sent on days 3, 5, and final reminder on day 7.
    • If a reviewer does not respond to any of the requests to review, the reviewer will receive a written correspondence from the journal releasing him or her as a reviewer.
  • Reviews must be thorough and contain a basic amount of information in order for the section editor to generate a composite review.
    • Critique of methodology
    • Statement of impact
    • Strengths
    • Significant limitations that were not addressed
    • Fatal flaws
    • Comment on the necessity and suitability of tables and figures (tables are typically at the end of the manuscript and figures under supplemental content)
    • Comment on clarity, brevity, grammar and spelling. If there are minor errors, please relate them in the review. If there are major errors as a whole, you may relate this fact without having to fix them line by line.

The journal will provide all reviewers with:

  • An annual update detailing the number of reviews performed over the preceding calendar year and an official letter of thanks on WestJEM letterhead for your academic record and promotion.
  • Yearly acknowledgement of best reviewers in print.

Before the review:

Please complete the peer reviewer training module located at WestJEM.com=>For Reviewers=>Annals of Emergency Medicine Peer Review Training Module

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1. Click on the “Start” Button in the bottom right corner of the module.

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2. Click on the “Listen to the lectures” link in the module.
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3. Click on the “Critical appraisal: how to read a paper for review” and then the “How to write your peer review” links and complete these modules.
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Note: Adobe Acrobat Reader and Macromedia Flash Player are required.


When you are ready to submit the review: 

1. Go to WestJEM.org
2. Click the “My Account” link.
3. You will be prompted to log in with your email address and password. Enter the appropriate information and click Login.

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Under “My Account” is where you can edit your profile.

4. Now that you’re in the “My Journals” page, you can access the article you are reviewing by clicking on the “Review Submissions” followed by the title of the article.

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5. To submit the review, click on the “Will do review” link. Download the manuscript by clicking on the Submission Manuscript file.

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6. To enter your review of the submission, click on “Review” in step 4 ad enter your comments for either author, editor, or both. You can also upload word documents and additional files for the review in step 5.

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7. Cover Letter (optional): Please provide a confidential cover letter that only editors can read, even if your report is shared with the author(s). This file may be uploaded as a text, PDF, or Word file under step 5 OR pasted directly into the space provided on the page in step 4. If you upload your document under step 5 as an additional file, only the editor initially can view the file. Permissions must be granted by the editor for the author to view the file.

8. After your review is complete and your comments have been uploaded, click on a recommendation and submit the review to the editor. Please note that once the review is submitted, you cannot change any part of the review.

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Please submit reviews as plain text files, RTF files, PDF files, or Word documents. The reviewer’s identity is removed from the author’s view on the website. Please do not disclose your identity in the actual text of the review.

9. After completing the forum and clicking the “Submit Review To Editor” link, you will be prompted to send an email to the editor. Please send the email to let the editor know you have finished  your review.

Questions can be directed to WestJEM’s editorial office at editor@westjem.org.

Updated July 21, 2015

Contact Information

WestJEM/ Department of Emergency Medicine
UC Irvine Health

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Suite 640
Orange, CA 92868, USA
Phone: 1-714-456-6389
Email: westjem@gmail.com

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WestJEM
ISSN: 1936-900X
e-ISSN: 1936-9018

CPC-EM
ISSN: 2474-252X

Our Philosophy

Emergency Medicine is a specialty which closely reflects societal challenges and consequences of public policy decisions. The emergency department specifically deals with social injustice, health and economic disparities, violence, substance abuse, and disaster preparedness and response. This journal focuses on how emergency care affects the health of the community and population, and conversely, how these societal challenges affect the composition of the patient population who seek care in the emergency department. The development of better systems to provide emergency care, including technology solutions, is critical to enhancing population health.