We recognize that peer review is a time-consuming process and are indebted to our talented pool of reviewers who help to ensure that we publish the best clinical science in gastroenterology and hepatology. We are now proud to offer a multifaceted approach to reviewer appreciation.

The Value of ACG Membership

Starting in 2023, reviewers who complete at least 5 high-quality reviews for AJG in a calendar year will receive a waiver for their ACG membership fee (current value of $325 USD).

The ACG Credentials Committee reviews applications for Membership, International Membership and Advancement to Fellowship quarterly. A fee waiver is not an approval for membership. Associate, Advanced Practice Provider and Resident/Trainee applications are reviewed every two weeks. View our membership page for more information. All ACG memberships run from January 1 to December 31 each year, regardless of the time of year that you join.

Public Acknowledgement

All reviewers who complete a review in the print pages of the journal and on the ACG website.

Our top reviewers, defined by both quality and quantity of reviews completed, will be recognized at the ACG Annual Scientific Meeting each year.

Personal Feedback

Reviewers will receive letters of recognition from the Editors-in-Chief of AJG for the reviews they complete.

Reviewers will also receive scores as to the effectiveness of their reviews and feedback on how their reviews affected the editorial decision.

Editorial Recognition

Our reviewers with the highest number and quality of reviews will be invited to join the AJG our Editorial Advisory Board and have their names listed on our masthead.

Peer Review Resources

We encourage our peer reviewers to read the following articles prior to beginning peer reviews to ensure a high quality peer review is submitted.

Stiller-Reeve M. How to Write a Thorough Peer Review. Nature Career Column. October 8, 2018.

Sempokuya T, McDonald N, Bilal M. How to Be a Great Peer Reviewer. ACG Case Reports Journal 2022; 9(12): e00932.

Tips on Accessing the Manuscript and Submitting your Review

When logging onto the Journal EM submission system, enter your username and password and click on the ‘Reviewer Login’ button. In most cases, pressing the ‘Enter’ key will log you in by default as an author—in ‘Author’ mode, the EM website will not display the manuscripts you are invited to review. If you are logged in as an Author, you can change your role on the drop down menu at the top of the EM page.

EM conducts all communication via e-mail. Therefore, when you register for the first time (as author or reviewer), or when you move your lab to a new institution, please double check the EM website to make sure that your e-mail address is updated and correct.

After you have saved your comments online, be sure to hit the ‘Proceed’ button to ensure that they are sent to the editorial office.

Several functions of the EM website (including the ability to download revised manuscripts) are blocked by most pop-up blockers, so those pop-up blockers should be turned off while you are using EM.

If you have difficulty in using the blue link (at the top of the relevant page in the PDF) to download the high-resolution version of a figure, try holding down the Shift key while clicking on the link.

The EM website preserves reviewer anonymity. Your identity as a referee is only revealed to you and the editors; it is not displayed to anyone else (e.g., other reviewers or authors).

If you are concerned that your username or password is too idiosyncratic to remember easily or that it is too simple to provide adequate security, please feel free to change either or both of them. If you have difficulty in doing so, please contact the editorial offices, and we will be glad to do it for you.

The EM website does not yet have the capacity to incorporate images or symbols into the body of a review.

Email the editorial office with any questions or comments: journals@gi.org