We are proud to announce that the Reviewer of the Month Award for September 2020 goes to Dr. Mateusz Swierz.
As a means to promote the hard work and dedication invested “behind the scenes” in order to improve scientific publications, each month BJBMS Editors select a reviewer who performed the best amongst all the reviewers in the current month. Selection is based on the quality, thoroughness and the timeliness of review. It is a difficult task for our Editors, as they try not to underestimate the time and efforts of each of the reviewers who reviewed for the BJBMS in the current month.
Dr. Mateusz Swierz is a researcher at the Department Hygiene and Nutrition at the Jagiellonian University (Kraków, Poland). His current research resolves around systematic reviews of interventions, including Cochrane reviews. Furthermore, he is currently doing PhD on efficacy of perioperative interventions in bariatric surgery.
We asked Dr. Mateusz Swierz about the importance and other aspects of the peer-review process in general:
In my view peer-review is crucial to improving the quality of research, as many times reviewers can provide substantial feedback to authors. From my current research I noticed that quality and clarity of reporting of the study results are the aspects that need to be more thoroughly addressed by authors. Many times the results of original studies are further incorporated into systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and this requires the original results to be presented in an accessible and comprehensive way. This is the area that peer-reviewers, as those having expertise in the field, can be especially helpful.
BJBMS congratulates Dr. Mateusz Swierz and wishes him many awards and recognitions in the future.