The Reviewer of the Month for December 2021: Dr. Kiril Trpkov

We are proud to announce that the Reviewer of the Month Award for December 2021 goes to Dr. Kiril Trpkov.

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 the 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. Kiril Trpkov has a particular research interest in studying novel and emerging renal tumors, developing accurate methods of diagnosis and prognosis of such, and thereby benefiting patients and deepening the knowledge on renal neoplasia and neoplasia in general. Dr. Trpkov collaborated with the genitourinary pathology expert group, assembled by the Genitourinary Pathology Society (GUPS), to provide updates on novel and existing renal entities.

We asked Dr. Kiril Trpkov about the importance and other aspects of the peer-review process in general:

The peer-reviewer has to be fair, balanced, specific and thorough in his or her work. Peer-review process is an extremely important work that brings credence to the published scientific work. It is a quality assurance process of the published science. By doing this job properly, the peer-reviewer should help authors improve their work and get it published, even when that work is not accepted. I take my responsibilities as a peer-reviewed seriously and I only commit to do this task when I trust the journal for which I am asked to do it, the editorial team and their policies and philosophy. In this day and age of proliferation of all sorts of journals that promote pseudoscience by publishing anything just to collect the fee, it is of utmost importance to fine tune the true “scientific signal” from the “background noise”. And the peer-review process and the peer-reviewers are crucial components of this process.

BJBMS congratulates Dr. Kiril Trpkov and wishes him many awards and recognitions in the future.

Editor: Merima Bukva

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