Reviewer of the Month (2024)

Posted On 2024-01-29 09:54:56

In 2024, ABS reviewers continue to make outstanding contributions to the peer review process. They demonstrated professional effort and enthusiasm in their reviews and provided comments that genuinely help the authors to enhance their work.

Hereby, we would like to highlight some of our outstanding reviewers, with a brief interview of their thoughts and insights as a reviewer. Allow us to express our heartfelt gratitude for their tremendous effort and valuable contributions to the scientific process.

January, 2024
Berenice Mahoney, University of Worcester, UK

February, 2024
Ara A Salibian, New York University, USA

January, 2024

Berenice Mahoney

Dr. Berenice Mahoney, a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), Office for National Statistics UK Approved Safe Researcher, is a Principal Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Worcester, UK, and Social Science Lead MBhB Programme, Three Counties Medical School, UK. She also sits on the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Psychology Working Group. Her research focuses on patient experiences of living with long-term conditions and those of their healthcare practitioners. Prior and on-going research includes patient experiences of implant loss following oncologic mastectomy with immediate implant reconstruction, and patient and clinician experiences when breast cancer presents without detectable breast lesion and positive axillary lymph node. Dr. Mahoney has published in the British Journal of Surgery Open, Annals of Breast Surgery, and peer-reviewed international health focused Psychology, and Social Science journals. Learn more about her here.

In Dr. Mahoney’s opinion, researcher knowledge and skills, and increasingly ones that are transdisciplinary, are essential for evaluating the rigor and value of empirical research, including case studies, and literature reviews of all types. Reviewers increasingly need to be committed to providing transparent and supportive feedback, essential for growing reviewers’ knowledge in ways that translate to diverse healthcare contexts. Especially in a climate of growing public skepticism about science and how this is used to inform healthcare policy and practice, reviewers need to be flexible and unafraid to challenge when claims are made that cannot be supported by the evidence presented in manuscripts.

Human health and healthcare are increasingly paradoxical according to Dr. Mahoney, “We have more, know more and can allegedly do more to improve these but clearly this is not the case.” Peer reviewing for her is a way of openly interrogating evidence that is part of these paradoxes. As a trained psychologist, “criticality” is at the core of what she does professionally, and whether anonymous or not, her payback is contributing to critical discussions around how they do research, challenging assumptions that do not seem to “work” and that is her “profit”.

Working with an international, open access, peer-reviewed journal that seems committed to multidisciplinary and interprofessional working fits my professional and ethical values as a behavioural and social scientist. Ultimately, I can see ABS fully embracing more transdisciplinary ideas around the global health issue of breast health and care and that stance is one that is much needed given the increasingly ‘messy’ nature of human health and healthcare,” says Dr. Mahoney.

(by Lareina Lim, Brad Li)

February, 2024

Ara A Salibian

Dr. Salibian is a board-certified plastic surgeon and fellowship-trained microsurgeon specializing in general reconstructive surgery and reconstructive microsurgery. His clinical interests include the entire spectrum of breast reconstruction such as implant-based procedures, with a particular focus on microsurgical autologous breast reconstruction. He also has a specific interest in extremity reconstruction and surgical treatments for lymphedema, including microsurgical approaches such as lymph venous bypass (LVB) and vascularized lymph node transplants (VLNT). Dr. Salibian's research focuses on improving outcomes in breast reconstruction with both implant-based and autologous (microsurgical free tissue transfer) techniques. He has published and presented extensively in the areas of nipple-sparing mastectomy, prefectural breast reconstruction, single-stage and tissue-expander based breast reconstruction and microvascular breast reconstruction. He also has an interest in using advanced imaging technologies, such as ultra-high frequency ultrasound, to improve outcomes in reconstructive microsurgery and super microsurgery for lymphedema. Learn more about him here.

Dr. Salibian indicates that peer reviewer should have a broad and in-depth fund of knowledge in their respective areas of expertise, and, moreover, be able to comprehensively evaluate, analyze and assess research in these areas. It is critical for reviewers to be able to provide constructive criticism of submitted studies to help identify concerns that may in turn assist researchers in improving the quality of their work. He also points out that reviewers should be able to succinctly, professionally and effectively communicate these recommendations in a more global effort to elevate the quality, accuracy and broad applicability of published, peer-reviewed data.

Peer reviewers are the cornerstone of health-sciences research, assuring the quality and credibility of published research to be held up to the highest standards in the field,” says Dr. Salibian.

(By Lareina Lim, Brad Li)