We are proud to announce that the Reviewer of the Month Award for August 2021 goes to Dr. Kenneth R. Phelps.
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.
The research interests of Dr. Kenneth R. Phelps are the mineral metabolism in chronic kidney disease, the effect of cadmium on the kidney, determinants of plasma concentrations, and progression of chronic kidney disease.
We asked Dr. Kenneth R. Phelps about the importance and other aspects of the peer-review process in general:
Peer review, if done conscientiously, benefits both the investigator and the reviewer. The investigator may learn of important (and potentially embarrassing) flaws in logic, execution, or writing, and he/she may be the recipient of new ideas with respect to organization, application, and interpretation of the data in the paper. The reviewer must often acquire new knowledge to do a useful review, and always benefits from the exercise of stating arguments precisely. The gift of excellent advice as an investigator creates a moral imperative to pass the gift to someone else as a reviewer.
BJBMS congratulates Dr. Kenneth R. Phelps and wishes him many awards and recognitions in the future.
Editor: Edna Skopljak, MD