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Digestive Diseases and Sciences

Digestive Diseases and Sciences

Editor-in-Chief: Jonathan Kaunitz
Managing Editor: Meghan Keeffe

ISSN: 0163-2116 (print version)
ISSN: 1573-2568 (electronic version)

Journal no. 10620

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Scholars Peer Review Mentoring Program 


The editors of Digestive Diseases and Sciences wish to initiate a novel program designed to teach the basics of peer review to young investigators by integrating the peer review duties of the journal with the education of young investigators. The purpose of this program is to transmit the review skills accumulated by the editors of the journal to the next generation of academic scientists. Since DDS editorial board member Professor Ignazio Marino has indicated that the peer review process in Italy is an “…old, questionable, nontransparent evaluation method that rewards clients of godfathers, rather than merit…”* , initial efforts will be directed towards mentoring Italian young investigators.

The Program 

We plan to ask Dean Ballantone of the Catholic University of Rome, who has already expressed his willingness to participate in this program, to identify 10 young investigators, from medical student through fellow who have expressed an interest in a career in gastroenterology and hepatology, to participate in the program. Once identified, each young investigator will be paired with a senior mentor who is a member of the DDS editorial board, who will be identified in response to a mass mailing to both groups. Once paired, DDS AEs will have the option of sending select manuscripts submitted to DDS to the identified young investigators for peer review. Each young investigator will be provided with an outline of the peer review process approved by the AEs of DDS. Furthermore, EM and the DDS IfA will contain a brief explanation of this program in order to inform our authors that this option exists. Each critique will be reviewed and approved by the identified mentor prior to being posted in EM. Strict standards of confidentiality, as is the practice of DDS, will be maintained. No review can be posted without the approval of the mentor. The contribution of the young investigators and mentors will be acknowledged annually in DDS

Anticipated Benefits 

With this program, DDS can help fulfill mission of educating the next generation of scientists while globally providing expert guidance in the peer review process. The quality of the reviews may also benefit from the extra time and scrutiny to which they are subject. Furthermore, the process may in some ways increase the availability of qualified reviewers for submitted manuscripts.

Anticipated Challenges 

This program may increase the review time due to the mentoring process, which will be fully disclosed to the authors of submitted manuscripts.
*Marino IR. A step backward for Italy's meritocracy. Science. 2012; 336(6081):541

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    Digestive Diseases and Sciences publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed, original papers addressing aspects of basic/translational and clinical research in gastroenterology, hepatology, and related fields. This well-illustrated journal features comprehensive coverage of basic pathophysiology, new technological advances, and clinical breakthroughs; insights from prominent academicians and practitioners concerning new scientific developments and practical medical issues; and discussions focusing on the latest changes in local and worldwide social, economic, and governmental policies that affect the delivery of care within the disciplines of gastroenterology and hepatology. 


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